Exploring Vocations 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. Philip says: "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 01621 892867 Calvert Prentis 020 8599 2761 Why are more people offering themselves for Ordination and other Ministries? Watch Philip share his reflections on the growth in numbers of those offering for Ordination and other Ministries on YouTube. Why have our latest Curates trained for Ordination? Congratulations to our 30 new Ordinands! After Ordination as Deacons by our Bishop, Stephen Cottrell, on 25 June at Chelmsford Cathedral, they will serve as Curates in our parishes. Listen to our new Curates - PICTURE: Stephen Cottrell - Bishop of Chelmsford, Esbjörn Hagberg, Bishop of Karlstad (Sweden), John Wraw - Bishop of Bradwell, Roger Matthews - Dean of Mission and Ministry, Åse Lindberg - Chaplain to the Bishop of Karlstad, and Philip Need - Diocesan Director of Ordinands with our 30 Ordinands at our Retreat House in Pleshey on the eve of their Ordination at Chelmsford Cathedral on 25 June 2016 Meet all our Ordinands and read their stories here. Southend - Neil Dalley, Emma Wylie, Chris Giles, Terry Brown, Clive Lucas, Sue Croucher, Jacky Lindoe. Harlow - Lydia Petitt, Barbara Read. West Ham - Sara Batts, Hayley Morris, Ian Elliott, Nicholas Bryzak, Benedict Atkins. Chelmsford - Julie Hardy, Matt Houghton, Faye Bailey, Andrew Merchant, Julie Wilmott. Colchester - Wendy Pagden. Stansted - Lea Williams, Colin Fairweather, Robert Stone, Sue Hurley, Tracey Harvey. Barking - Kingsley Akawasi Yeboah, Ken Perkins, Roger Clarke, Jonnie Deja, Chris Cozier. OUR PETERTIDE ORDINATIONS 2016 IN PICTURES Feel you are been 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 are very welcome to visit our 'Finding your ministry' page and to contact one of our Vocation Advisers. 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. Why not come to one of our Vocations Days? Discover more about Ministry at the Church of England website. Our young Vocations scheme Encounter - Exploring God's Calling This could include an informal chat, leadership training, joining others on a similar journey or even taking a year out to live in community and engage in work experience in a parish. We're only really able to discern God's call on our lives when we dare to share it with others. So why not take the next step in your journey and get in touch? Visit our Encounter website. Take a look at the Church of England's young vocations website - www.callwaiting.org.uk.