Good News - God has shown his love for us by choosing to die rather than live without us.
Good News - He chose us to be family, with him and with each other.
Good News - because of his love for us, he wants the very best for us in our lives, our purpose and our destiny.
Good news - God has a plan and a purpose just for you, fulfilling your gifts and talents, that will bless you and others.
To be fully alive will mean finding what the 'best' actually is for you today and tomorrow - what makes you come truly alive. It is through Jesus you become better at being your true self, and so discover life in all its fullness, your real vocation. Vocations then work with discipleship, the commitment to following Jesus to the 'promised land' (and promised life in all its fullness).
As Bishop Stephen writes: At the heart of the gospel is Jesus' invitation to abundant life. And as a diocese we are committed to being a people fully alive. To respond to Jesus' invitation is about discovering our real life (our vocation) in God.
The trouble is, we don't always believe that God wants the very best for us. We are afraid. And it is this fear that robs us of all the goodness God wants to bless us with. So take courage to explore what God might have for you, and through you.
The Vocations team are here to help you to discover it and then support you in it. You will find some of that help on the Exploring Vocation page.
This approach, which we call Vocational living, is intentionally finding a lifestyle based on the divine call to follow Jesus, in general and in the specifics. It is seeking your promised life and creating the promised land.
The Great Vocations Conversation
The Church of England launches 'The Great Vocations Conversation' on Sunday, the 22nd of April - Vocations Sunday.
It's a challenge to all Church Ministers, lay and ordained, to have at least one conversation about vocation each month with someone different to you.
Starting a conversation could be as simple as a chat in the queue for tea/coffee about someone's passions and gifts, but it could take you deep into questions of service, flourishing and witness.
By taking up the challenge, you will be joining many others in helping the light of Christ that is in every believer to shine out into the world.
You can sign up online, and get materials from the Church of England website here.
The Diocesan Office will also be supplying Clergy with copies of the materials produced by the Church of England.