Welcome to Salisbury Calling – the website for exploring God’s call to Christian ministry.

Discovering how our gifts & talents meet the needs of the world around us as we walk with God, is called finding our Vocation – our special calling in life.

Your Vocation might be as a nurse or a teacher; an engineer or a hairdresser; a designer or a taxi driver – or even a lay minister, chaplain or vicar!

Even though we currently face very challenging times, with no public worship and social distancing, the church is still very much at the heart of all our communities. We are very grateful to those with social media skills to help ensure we stay in touch and to stream services and prayer. The vocations team still wants to hear from you and we are getting used to online chats, so do be in touch. It is possible, that as our lives are forced to slow a little, this may give you the time to pause and consider if you are being called into a form of ministry.

So why not ask God to walk with you as you work out your calling together?

For more information contact

vocations@salisbury.anglican.org

  01722 411 944

 

A Gap Year with a Difference

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Click here for details of our 2020/21 Ministry Experience Scheme

 

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Ministry in Salisbury Diocese

There are five authorised ministries in the Diocese of Salisbury.

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lay-worship-leaders-leafletLay Worship Leaders are commissioned to assist in planning and leading worship in the parishes where they live.
Download our Lay Worship Leader  leaflet here

lpa-leafletLay Pastoral Assistants are commissioned to engage in pastoral ministry on behalf of the local church, working as part of a team of clergy and lay people.
Download our Lay Pastoral Assistant leaflet here

licensed-lay-minister-leafletLicenced Lay Ministers (also known as Readers) are licensed by the Bishop for a preaching and teaching ministry in the parishes where they live or work.
Download our Licenced Lay Ministry leaflet here

ordiantion-leafletOrdained Ministry – priests and deacons are ordained by the Church to lead local churches and share responsibility in pastoral care for everyone living in the parishes where they serve.
Download our Ordination leaflet here

Final Draft brochure P1aCommissioned Lay Pioneers – are trained and authorised to gather people into new expressions of Christian Community. They have a sense of calling to mission outside the regular church structures
Download our Commissioned Lay Pioneer leaflet here

If you think God may be calling you to one of these ministries, come along to a Vocation Enquiry Day – information about our next one is on the Events Page

Salisbury Ministry Experience Scheme

Our scheme offers two options, one based in the Lyme Bay Deanery on the Dorset coast, centred round the bustling town of Bridport, and the other based in and around Devizes, a lively market town in Wiltshire.   Each location provides an opportunity for those aged 18-30 to become actively involved in the Children’s and Young People’s work of the local Community Hub, whilst exploring Christian ministry in local parishes and community placements.

Both options offer time in the surrounding rural parishes, living with local families and getting involved in local church activities. There will be regular opportunities to meet up with your fellow MES Explorers to reflect on your experiences.

In addition, there will be opportunities to spend time living in community, with short-term placements available at Hilfield Friary and the Pilsdon Community. These will allow you to develop your reflective and pastoral skills.

You will receive theological training with Sarum College in Salisbury and the opportunity of working with a theological mentor. You will be supported by a personal mentor who will work with you as you reflect on and deepen your journey of faith. 

We offer a small subsidence allowance, but all your living costs and expenses will be paid.

If you would like to find out more please contact Sarah Keen, MES Coordinator: sarah.keen@salisbury.anglican.org

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Events

Vocation Enquiry Days

The next Vocation Enquiry Day will be a Morning due to the difficulties of meeting up at the moment – it will be on

Saturday 15th May via Zoom

How might God be calling you in 2021?

We all have gifts and skills and often these can be used in our churches or in our communities to share God’s love with those around us. This is a calling for every Christian. It is often other people who suggest to us that perhaps God is calling us into some form of leadership in the church. There are many different routes and pathways. The vocation days helps us think about the ways God may call us.

It is an opportunity to meet with others who think God might be calling them too, and to explore the next steps of your journey in faith.

In this time of lock down we have produced a short online “Vocations Day” The video lasts about 15 minutes. In addition you can explore other websites suggested in the video and engage with the suggested bible readings. It’s not the same as spending a day with others who are also exploring their call, but it is an alternative for now.

if you would like to join this morning on the 15th May please email us at vocations@salisbury.anglican.org

Click here for resources to help and encourage you, your church and your ministry team

Prayer

Almighty God

Thank you that you have made me

with all my gifts and talents,

my hopes and my fears.

Walk with me as I discover your calling for my life.

Speak to me in the encouragement of others,

the opportunities which come my way,

and in the silence of moments of reflection.

Now and always.

Amen.

About

Salisbury Calling is brought to you by the Church of England Diocese of Salisbury.

We want to encourage all Christians to ask God the question:

“Lord, what do you want me to do?”

You might be surprised by the answer…

Diocese of Salisbury