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Young Vocations

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.

The Society of the Sacred Mission (SSM) is a religious order in the Church of England. Based in Milton Keynes, the religious community at St Michael’s Priory has a life centred on daily Eucharist and prayer.  Their community life is inclusive, and their mission and ministry with local churches and other organisations are central to the daily life of the Priory.   Building on the success of their first year SSM is seeking to recruit young people as Pastoral Assistants (PA) to help with the life and mission of the Priory.  They encourage applications from those who might be interested in religious life, ordained or lay ministry, or who simply wish to learn by sharing the life of the community.   They provide a stipend, good accommodation, meals, and will support relevant education and training.

St Michael’s Priory, Newport Road, Willen, Milton Keynes MK15 9AA Telephone 01908 241974 email


Pastoral Assistant Scheme Hatfield 

Are you under 25 and exploring your call to ministry within the Church of England?

You may be interested in our Pastoral Assistant scheme known as the Hatfield Root Group.

We are not currently looking for applicants for September 2017, but would be keen to hear from anyone interested in applying for September 2018.  Here is the promotional flyer, the role profile and the HRG Application form 17 for 2017; things are likely to be very similar in 2018.

For more information contact Charles Burch the Diocesan Vocations Officer.  Read about the current Pastoral Assistants’ experiences here.

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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.

YV Conference Feb16.2


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


For more information on Young Vocations contact Em Coley 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.



For Christian Gap year opportunities try or

A number of churches and Christian organisations offer internships, typically aimed at graduates.  The best way to find out about these is via the Young Vocations facebook page (you don’t need to have your own Facebook account to access this)   A good website is Christian Vocations (click on short term):

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

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