Meet Canon Philip Need
Revd Canon Philip Need is our Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO).
The role of DDO is to listen to people who are sensing that God may be prompting them to explore a vocation as a priest. The DDO is attentive to the story of the individual’s life and faith as a whole. A process of discernment helps the DDO decide whether to recommend to the Bishop that the person should be sent to a Bishop's Advisory Panel, who test the candidate's calling within the framework set by the Church of England and then recommend to their Bishop if they should be trained for Ordained Ministry.
My work as DDO sees people constantly making connections between their faith and wanting to offer themselves to God. There are so many ways now in which we can serve him as faithful members of the Church and we are trying to make it possible for people to answer their sense of calling in new and exciting ways.
If you have even a slight flicker of the idea that God might be calling YOU to ordination, speak to your local clergy."
To contact Philip email email@example.com or telephone 01245 294422
Philip works with two Assistant DDOs -
Hilary Le Seve Tel: 01621 892867
Main picture: An Ordination Day at Chelmsford Cathedral
Vocations Days 2018
Vocations Days are an opportunity to consider God’s call and find out more about the different types of ordained and licensed lay ministry from Church leaders. If you sense the slightest call to discover more about ministries in the Church of England, come along to one of our Vocations Days this year.
Bradwell Vocation Day at St Nicholas, Canvey Island Saturday 10 March.
Colchester Archdeaconry Vocation Day at St Andrew, Arlesford Saturday 12 May
West Ham Archdeaconry Vocation Day Christ Church, Wanstead Saturday19 May
Barking Archdeaconry Vocation Day at St Nicholas Church, Elm Park, Saturday 2 June, 09.30 - 15.30
Harlow Arcdeaconry Vocation Day at St Paul, Harlow Saturday 9 June
Stansted Archdeaconry Vocation Day at St Paul, Braintree Saturday 10 November
For more information about the Vocations Days please contact the relevant Area Bishops' PA.
Feel you are being called to a role in the Church?
If you feel that God is calling you to a role in the Church, there are many different opportunities to be of service. Different roles in the Church are called Ministries.
You can also discover more about the various Ministries on our Ministers - Lay and Ordained page.
Find out about the rainbow nation that is the Church of England and your place within it - click here.
Discover more about Ministry at the Church of England website.
Remember to speak to your local clergy. Visit our online directory.
Our Youth Advisors are available to help young people who are interested in exploring a Vocation. Please contact -
Mark Tiddy Youth Advisor for Bradwell Episcopal Area Tel: 07845 349542
Hannah Phillips Youth Adviser for Barking Episcopal Area Tel: 07973 769359
Why are more people offering themselves for Ordination and other Ministries?
PICTURE: Stephen Cottrell - Bishop of Chelmsford, Vanessa Herrick – Archdeacon of Harlow, Chris Dalliston – Dean of Newcastle, Peter Hill – Bishop of Barking, Robert Martin – Retired Bishop of Marsabit, Matt Simpkins – Chaplain to the Bishop of Chelmsford and Philip Need - Diocesan Director of Ordinands with our 31 Ordinands at our Retreat House in Pleshey on the eve of their Ordination at Chelmsford Cathedral on 29 September 2017.
Chelmsford - Jackie Thornton, Suzy Edmundson, Ian Fuller and Diane Garfield
Colchester - Hazel Greenland, Christine Newmarch, Terry Walker, Laura Garnham and Vivien Whitfield
Stansted - Claire Robertson, Rachel Prior, John Saxon, Mark Payne, Philip Howlett, Paul Grover and Janet Parker
Barking - Saffron Ryan, Dan Barnes- Davies and Chika Nduku
West Ham - Lee Taylor, Sarah Clarke-Moisley, Sue Diplock, Polly Kersys-Hull, Adam Childs, Pat Wallson
OUR PETERTIDE ORDINATIONS 2017 IN PICTURES
For more information please contact Lois Rimmer
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