Call Waiting - The Church of England Church of England

Step Forward event

There are a number of events around the country to help you explore your vocation with other young people in the same boat - and with plenty of people to help.
Listed below are some of the events taking place over the year, but it isn't a full list and it would be great if you spot an event to contact us and let us know the details.

Vocations Brunch

Is God calling you to explore? Join the Vocations Team, and others who have followed a call into Christian vocation, for brunch at 10am on 2 September at All Saints, Church Street, Martock TA12 6JL. For more details and to book a place, please see here.

Calling all Wonder Women

Liverpool Diocese is encouraging women to hear and respond to God’s call in their lives – wherever they are and whatever their background. Join them for an opportunity to meet women just like you from across the Diocese to explore how you can use your “every day” skills or uncover skills you didn’t even know you had, to serve God. The keynote speaker will be Rev Dr Kate Coleman, Director of Next Leadership and author of ‘The Seven Deadly Sins of Women in Leadership’. The event takes place on 16th September at All Saints Church, Broad Green Road, Liverpool L13 5SH. Please see here for further information.

Exploring Vocations Group

This group is designed for people early in the process of discerning their call. You do not need to have met with a vocations advisor or have any sense of where this process might take you. This evening event on 27th September is the first of 5 events that will give you a chance to find out more, meet others exploring vocation and get support for the next step. Led by Revd. Jane Hemmings Director of Ordinands for Dorchester and Revd. Tim Edge Vocations Advisor for Witney deanery. Please see here for further information or contact Jane Hemmings.

Know, Love, Follow

A day of talks and workshops for people of all ages exploring their vocation in the Diocese of Chichester. The key speaker will be the Bishop of Chichester Dr Martin Warner. This free event will take place on 30th September at St Peter’s Church. Brighton BN1 4GU. Please see here for futher information and to book a place.

Where do I fit in God's story?

This evening event on 4th October is for all those interested in exploring their vocation and aims to enable participants to consider God’s calling within a wider understanding of vocation as well as discovering more of their own calling in mission and ministry. It will take place from 7.30-9.30pm at All Saints Church, Emscote, Warwick CV34 5NL. For more information and to book a place, please see here.

Called to Serve

Called to Serve is a day to explore vocation and serving God. There will be seminars, discussion and prayer. This is a free event, open to all ages and includes a free lunch and refreshments when you register in advance. The event will take place on 7th October from 9.30am-4pm at Hull Minster, 10 King St, Hull HU1 2JJ. Under 18s are welcome to attend with an accompanying adult. Please see here for further information and contact Revd Jackie Doyle-Brett to book a place.

18-30s Vocations (In the Pub)

Are you aged 18-30? Do you feel that God might be calling you to ministry? You are invited to an informal gathering of those exploring a calling to ministry of some kind (and it’s not just about ordination!). We’ll be meeting in the function room of the Imperial pub, New North Road, Exeter at 7.30pm on Monday 16th October. For more information please email Hannah, or tel: 07546 397981.

Come and See - Minority Ethnic Vocations Conference

This residential weekend conference organised jointly by CMEAC and Ministry Division, both of the Archbishops Council, is for men and women from minority ethnic backgrounds wishing to explore the possibility of Ordained Ministry in the Church of England. The weekend will be held from 27-29th October 2017, and more details and booking can be found  here. Use the code 'come&see2017'.

Young Women: God's Calling

‘I’m too young! You can’t mean me!’ Have you had that feeling that God is calling you but you think it can’t be true? He doesn’t call people like you. Maybe it’s because you think you’re not clever enough or holy enough? Come and talk about it on the 18th November when we are holding a day for young women to come and explore your vocation. The event will take place from 9.30am-4pm at Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Lane, Cheltenham, GL52 2NX. Bishop Rachel of Gloucester will be our key speaker and champion for the day. For more information and to book a place, please see here.


An informal day with Bishop John Holbrook to consider your calling to serve in the church, hosted by the Peterborough Diocese Vocations Team. The event will take place on 25th November from 10am-3.45pm at All Saints School, Boughton Green Road, Northampton NN2 7AJ. Please see here for more information or contact Sally Crossley to book a place.

Step Forward

An event on 17th March 2018 for anyone aged 18-30 considering ordained ministry in the Church of England, at Bishopthorpe Palace, York YO23 2GE. For more information please visit the website.

CPAS (Church Pastoral Aid Society)

CPAS holds You and Ministry weekends for men and women exploring the possibility of ordained or other authorised ministries, and their partners. They also run lifecall young vocations days. This is a relaxed one-day event helping those aged 16-25 explore God’s call and work out the ‘next step’.

For further information and bookings:

Affirming Catholicism and the Society of Catholic Priests

These two organisations jointly organise a conference for women and men of all ages who are considering the possibility of ordination. 

For more information, call James Randle on 0191 334 3344 or email

Anglican Religious Communities

Several religious communities run vocations events each year for those considering a call to the religious life. If you would like to receive details of events please contact Anglican Religious Communities, Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ or email