GOING DEEPER IN FAITH
Each one of us at our churches would describe ourselves as learning Christians. Being in a relationship with God is a lifelong journey of learning, exploration and self-discovery. We have two house groups that meet during the week in term time, Bible study groups and Lent courses. We have run an Alpha course in the past and are always open to and interested in inquiries about the Christian faith.
As our journey with God continues many people feel a desire to serve the church and God in a variety of ways. Often the first step in the process is a discussion with the Rector about the options available and what might be the best route forward.
There are a variety of lay roles in the church either commissioned or licenced. Commissioned ministries (lay pastoral assistant and lay worship leader) have shorter training times and less responsibility than licenced lay ministry (but all require DBS checking and safeguarding training).
Sometimes people have a sense of vocation to ordained ministry in the church either as a deacon or as a priest. The discussions about this ministry are usually taken further by Diocesan advisors.
God chooses all sorts of people to be ministers in his church. Never think “He couldn’t possibly be choosing me” because you might be just the person he needs…