Have you ever wondered if you might be called to be a priest or a deacon? How do priests and deacons discern that call? What kind of training do you need? What kind of work would you do if you were ordained?
These questions and more will be explored at a the first annual Vocations Day to be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015. Bishop Melissa Skelton has said that “In the diocese of New Westminster we want to bring new energy in encouraging gifted, capable people to explore whether priesthood or the diaconate might be their calling.” This day is being designed in order to open up the possibility of ordination to those who have not yet considered it and to assist those who are already considering it to take the next steps.
The Book of Alternative Service (p. 631) reminds us that “The Holy Scriptures and ancient Christian writers make it clear that from the apostles’ time there have been different ministries within the Church” including the laity, deacons, priests, and bishops. All Christians are called to embrace our baptismal vows and participate in the mission of God. Some are called to additional vows and distinct roles within church communities. A Church that is self-renewing is attentive to leadership development, including developing ordained leaders.
At the day, there will be a chance to hear what the Bishop is looking for: strong leaders who might be called to ordination; a panel discussion with priests and deacons discussing their own processes of discernment; time in small groups and the opportunity to ask questions. Additionally, practical information on the steps to ordination will be provided.
Anyone discerning a call to ordination, at any stage in the process from “just curious” to “postulant” are welcome.
Gathering at 9am for 9:30 until 3pm at The Synod Office and gathering spaces of the diocese of New Westminster at 1410 Nanton Avenue. Lunch will be provided.