Living God's Love Values - Generosity, Joy, Imagination and Courage
Living God's Love Values - Generosity, Joy, Imagination and Courage

Events and courses

If you are wondering where God is calling you, the most important thing to do is to pray. You may like to use some of the prayers in this Prayer booklet.

Training for Lay ministry

The Foundations Course is for people seeking some training to teaching the Faith (Discipleship Enablers), provide pastoral and community care (Pastoral Enablers) and engage in mission and evangelism (Mission Enablers).  The deadline for applications for  The Foundations Course in 2020 has now passed, but we would love to hear from anyone considering the course for 2021.  A CMS Lay Pioneer training course will start in January 2021 and applications are still very welcome.

‘Will You Take His Call’ –  via Zoom, 07 November 2020

Book here via Eventbrite

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A free event open to anyone in St Albans Diocese. It will help you to find out how the church can equip and train you to answer God’s call, whatever it might be.  This event will help you explore God’s call to all of us to be his followers and to serve him and his world using the gifts he has given us.  To register for this event please book via Eventbrite or to ask for more information please contact Barbara Young in our Vocations Office on

Speakers        Q&A        Discussion        

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: The Right Revd Richard Atkinson, Bishop of Bedford

Seeking the Way

Seeking the Way, a course for laypeople seeking to know better how and where to serve God and his Church. We are taking this course online in 2021 and further information will be available shortly.  Meanwhile for background you can still access the 2020 brochure here and read testimonials from previous Seeking The Way delegates here , or watch a video on our Facebook page .  The 2021 course dates are Saturdays 06 February, 27 February and 13 March,  10.00am to 1.00pm via Zoom.  You do need to be able to attend all three sessions and there will be some preparatory work between sessions.

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions , but if you have any other queries please speak to Charles Burch, Diocesan Vocations Officer Email Charles.

Read about what someone who has been on the course thought about it . Ash is at the start of his third year of ordination training.

Ordinations 2020

Due to COVID19 the Ordinations at Petertide 2020 were postponed until September.  You can see some of the services here.

Ordinations 2021

The ordination of Deacons will be on 27 June 2021 at 11.15am.

The ordination of Priests will be on 26 June 2021 at 4.00pm.

Small group learning

There are various small groups around the diocese who meet in homes to study GOLD Open Learning courses  (Group-based Open Learning Discipleship).  For more information go to  For more details please contact or or

BELIEF Bedford has courses running; see their current courses here.
BELIEF Bedford was set up in 2006 by a group of Christians in and around Bedford who wanted to create opportunities for high quality, accessible Christian education in this area.






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