Join us for one of our Vocations Exploration Days:


Vocations Exploration Days

Sat 09 Mar 10am-3pm, St Alkmund’s, Duffield - [ended]
Sat 18 May 10am-3pm, St John Institute, Tideswell - BOOK NOW!
Sat 15 Jun 10am-3pm, Stonebroom Methodist Church - BOOK NOW!
Sat 14 Sep 10am-3pm, All Saints, Marlpool - BOOK NOW!
Sat 28 Sep 10am-3pm, St Mark, Brampton - BOOK NOW!
Sat 02 Nov 10am-3pm, St John, Newhall - BOOK NOW!
Sat 23 Nov 10am-3pm, St Michael and All Angels, Alvaston - BOOK NOW!

‘Here I am.’ Do you sense that God is calling you to ministry? Spend a day exploring your vocation with others who are discerning God’s call to ordained or licensed lay ministry. You will spend time reflecting on and sharing your own spiritual journey, examining how God calls people in the Bible and looking at aspects of pursuing your calling. The day will include time and space for quiet prayer and reflection as well as group discussion.

These sessions are open to all, but booking is essential.


Exploring Your Calling: Lay Vocations

Mon 18 Mar 7pm-9pm, St Oswald, Ashbourne - BOOK NOW!
Mon 08 Apr 7pm-9pm, Saints Parish Centre, Chesterfield - BOOK NOW!
Wed 01 May 7pm-9pm, St John, Tibshelf - BOOK NOW!
Mon 10 Jun 7pm-9pm, Hartington Village Hall - BOOK NOW!
Wed 16 Oct 7pm-9pm, All Saints, Mickleover - BOOK NOW!

God gives each of us unique gifts - talents, interests and experiences. How do we use our gifts for God’s purposes? This session will bring lay people together to explore the gifts they have been given, share their experiences, listen to how God is calling them to use their gifts in their lives (at school, work, home, in their communities) and encourage each other. There will be time for quiet prayer and reflection as well as group discussion.

These sessions are open to all, but booking is essential.

For daytime sessions, please bring a packed lunch.


Celebrating Vocations Sunday (Sunday, 12 May 2019)

Everyone has a vocation- God calls each of us to serve in our own unique way by using the gifts we have been given. Vocations Sunday is a fantastic way to get everyone in your congregation thinking about God’s call in their lives. How could you encourage your church members to spend time thinking about where God is calling them?

The national church has put together a pack of resources for Vocations Sunday and is encouraging all church leaders to engage in the Great Vocations Conversation - taking up the challenge to regularly talk to people unlike themselves about God’s call in their lives.  Those conversations can make all the difference and can be just the encouragement needed for someone to start discerning their vocation. 

For more information about the Great Vocations Conversation, go to

For the full range of Church of England vocations resources, go to


What is a vocation?

Do you feel you are being pulled in a certain direction? Do you have a strong and overwhelming urge to do a particular job, be involved with a particular group of people or to use your skills to help others in a certain way?

It may be that you feel pulled in a new direction, or it may be that what you do already is your vocation.

We all possess some God-given gifts, some skills and some talents. But often we don’t fully recognise how gifted we are because these gifts have been with us for a long time and it is easy to take them for granted.

Or they may have been hidden in the shadows for some time. But there is in all of us something that people recognise and come to us for.

And their desire to do this is acknowledgement that we have something special that they don’t see in others. Read more.


Are you interested in exploring ministry further?

The Diocese of Derby wants to encourage gifted people - just like you - to consider where God is calling you.

Could you be a Church Leader of the future? If you feel a sense of calling, whether to ordination or lay ministry, we will help you explore that and consider what to do next.


More information


The Diocese of Derby

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