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Young Vocations

Ministry Experience Scheme Hatfield

Are you 25 or under and exploring your call to ministry within the Church of England?  You may be interested in our Pastoral Assistant scheme known as the Hatfield Ministry Experience Scheme (HMES).

We are now accepting applications for our 2020/21 Scheme beginning in September 2020.  Click to read our Advert, profile and here to download the Application Form.

For more information contact Charles Burch the Diocesan Vocations Officer.  You may like to read some reflections from previous Pastoral Assistants.




You can find out more information about Ministry Experience Schemes by watching this video:



We want to encourage young people of any age who have a vocation to ministry in the Church of England.  We have set up a scheme called PILOT which aims to put young people discerning their vocation in touch with a variety of events, activities and people to help them on their journey.  Click here to find out more about PILOT.

Step forward and consider ordained ministry in the Anglican church.

Young Vocations

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“It’s not every young person’s dream, but I plan to be a vicar” read Simon Watkinson’s article in The Guardian.

‘Young, energetic and a priest.  Not three words you’d normally put together…’  Watch this trailer for a film about young priests in Yorkshire:

For more information on Young Vocations contact Mary de Salis our Young Vocations Champion or Charles Burch the Diocesan Vocations Officer.

‘Call waiting’ is a website specifically aimed at young vocations to ordained ministry in the Church of England.

Christian Gap Years

For Christian Gap year opportunities try or

A number of churches and Christian organisations offer internships, typically aimed at graduates.  A good website is Christian Vocations (click on short term):

You can find out more about Youth Participation in general here.

Step Forward

Step forward is a day for anyone aged 18 to 30 considering ordained ministry in the Church of England. There will be:

  • Time for worship, prayer and Bible study
  • An opportunity to find out what being ordained is really like – its highs and lows
  • Space to look at your own experience and what God might be calling you to in the future
  • The chance to discover how the selection process and ordination training programmes work

Step Forward is for anyone aged 18 to 30 who is wondering whether God might be calling them to ordained ministry in the Church of England.  New dates will be announced.

You may have already taken some steps down this route – or you may never have thought about it until now! Either way, the day will help you think, talk and pray through this question.

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