Meet our #NewRevs
Image - Ordination of Deacons, September 2018.
What do a professor of biostatistics, a district nurse, a youth worker, a special constable, a psychotherapist, a banker, a postman, an airline pilot, a midwife, a physiotherapist, a sheet metal worker, a maths teacher and a TV producer all have in common?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01245 294422
Philip works with two Assistant DDOs -
Hilary Le Seve Tel: 01621 892867
Vocations Days 2019
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.
Saturday 2nd March 2019 at St Mary, Loughton. For more information please email Josephine Bluck
Saturday 23rd March 2019 at Meadgate church, Chelmsford. For more information please email Helen Powney
Saturday 6th April 2019 at Christ Church, Colchester. For more information please email Revd Ian Hilton
Saturday 16th November 2019 at St Paul’s, Braintree. For more information please email Revd Ian Hilton
The day will offer input and information, workshops, time-out to think and pray about your own direction in life, and an opportunity to meet and talk with other people on similar journeys. Principally, it is a day to listen to God. The Day is free and lasts from 10.00 am to 3.30 pm (coffee is available from 9.30 am, a free lunch is provided) and is packed with helpful information and valuable insights, all set in the context of worship.
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 -
Emma Anderton, Youth Adviser for Barking Episcopal Area Tel: 07903 831965
Mark Tiddy Youth Advisor for Bradwell Episcopal Area Tel: 07845 349542
Dot Salmon, Youth Advisor for Colchester Episcopal Area Tel: 07972 301305