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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?

They were among our 31 new Deacons in 2018

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 two Assistant DDOs -

Hilary Le Seve Tel: 01621 892867


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.

The final Vocations Day in 2018 is the Stansted Archdeaconry  Day at St Paul's, Braintree, on Saturday 10 November.

The Day offers 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. To register to attend phone Revd Ian Hilton, CMD Advisor on 07813 538926 or email

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

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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