Vocation Sunday - 7 May 2017
Here I Am, Lord: Send Me
The Archbishop of Canterbury 'visits' a youth event in Bury St Edmunds to encourage young people to think about vocation and ordained ministry. This life-size cutout will feature at the East Anglia Ministries Fair in Norwich Cathedral on Saturday 13 May.
What might the future Church of England look like? Where will we find lay and ordained servant-leaders who will shape the journey and ensure the Church’s place for future generations.
Here in the Diocese of Norwich our aim is to get vocation onto the agenda. We want to create a culture where every aspect of our lives is part of our response to God's call, whether we're younger or older, urban or rural, many years in God's service or just setting out.
Vocation Sunday - always the Fourth Sunday of Easter - is a great opportunity to get vocation into the conversation. when did you last hear anyone preach or talk about vocation and calling in your church? If you are a vicar, curate, youth or children's leader, church warden, Reader - when did you last speak to someone about how God might be calling them?
Visit the Church of England's Support Hub (www.churchsupporthub.org/vocations) for ready-to-use ideas and resources for your Vocation Sunday, for example:
- Vocation Sunday Resource Pack - the complete resource with sermons, worship ideas, reflections on vocation, artwork, small group studies.
- Prayers to use in seeking God's call - choose one for people to pray in response to a sermon, copy onto a service sheet or powerpoint, or use these in praying with people.
Church House Bookshop have published a resource list with books and ideas for Vocation Sunday.
Locally, you can point people to the East Anglia Ministries Fair 2017 which follows straight after Vocations Sunday on Saturday 13 May, or to our regular vocations event LifeCalling 2017, running in Scole on Saturday 10 June. If you have anyone who wants to explore ordained or licensed lay ministry (eg Reader), please suggest a conversation with one of our diocesan Vocation Advisors.
For further ideas and resources please contact the Bishop's Officer for Ordinands, Canon David Foster (email@example.com) or the Lay Development Officer, Rev Dr Paul Overend (firstname.lastname@example.org).