Vocations Sunday

We celebrate vocations – lay and ordained – on Vocations Sunday, 7 May.

The vision of Peterborough Diocese is growth, and to accomplish that there is a commitment to develop people in their vocations.  Last year the Revd Jema Ball was appointed as Young Vocations Officer, to encourage and develop younger people in their vocations; and Revd Jenny Opperman was licensed to develop Lay Vocations.

Vocations Officers licensed

Another way to encourage vocations and growth is to hear personal stories to inspire and demonstrate the impact of calling on individual lives and the wider world. We will be adding vocation stories to Cross Keys and sharing them on Facebook and Twitter. All across the UK people will be sharing their stories using #BreadofLife.  Please share your story too.


To help celebrate Vocations Sunday, the Church Support Hub has developed a resource pack that brings together sermon plans, worship ideas, dramas, reflections, art, small group studies and courses, all relating to Vocations Sunday.

They said, “We hope that this material will prove useful in helping dioceses and parishes to preach on vocations, both for Vocations Sunday and indeed all year round.”

Vocation Journeys

Sometimes it takes a while to discover your vocation.  Andrew Smith ended up an Orc before he discovered his calling.

From Orc to Ordination

Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool, shares his own vocation story and how for him there is nothing better to do that to get along side people in their need and in their joy.

The Very Revd Stephen Lake speaks of his  faith and vocation journey on the Renewal and Reform Facebook page.

Posted by Renewal and Reform on Monday, 24 April 2017

Captain Nicholas Lebey of the Church Army speaks of his vocation.

Posted by Renewal and Reform on Friday, 21 April 2017

Zoe Heming talks about her journey and seeing God’s strength

Posted by Renewal and Reform on Wednesday, 19 April 2017

We have seen an increase in vocations across our diocese in recent years and it is encouraging to see the wider Church picking up the baton as well.  If there is anyone you think might like to explore a vocation to an authorised ministry, whether lay or ordained, please do contact:

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