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Meet our #NewRevs

Image - Ordination of Deacons, September 2019.

Saturday 14 September was wonderful day of celebrations as the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell, ordained 28 new Deacons at Chelmsford Cathedral.

Read More: Bishop of Chelmsford Ordains 28 new deacons

More pictures from the Ordination Service.

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 or telephone 01245 294422

Philip works with one Assistant DDO -

Hilary Le Seve 

Tel: 01621 892867



Prince Odoemena
and Prince Odoemena, the Vocations Enabler

Tel: 07529 989241


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 Stuart Batten

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 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

Discover more about Ministry at the Church of England website.

Remember to speak to your local clergy. Visit our online directory.

Young Vocations

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

Archdeaconry Young Vocations Champions

Archdeaconry Young Vocations Champions

Barking Episcopal Area

Saffron Ryan 07557 309979

West Ham
David Britton 020 8279 7738

John Fry 01992 812744


Bradwell Episcopal Area

Phil Sheldrake 01245 269026

Suzie Fryer or 01375 370884   


Colchester Episcopal Area

Hannah Cooper 01206 5982324

Liz Paxton 07932 160594


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.

For more information please contact Lois Rimmer
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