Meet our new ‘Acting’ Vocations Officer
Until the end of 2011, Emma Sivyer, a current member of the Vocation Advisors Team will be working one day a week overseeing the vocations work with Peter Ingrams, the Local Ministries Officer. Her work will include: planning the last Changing Places event and the new format for this event for next year, overseeing the creation of Vocation groups for those exploring their calling, and vocation communications within the diocese. Emma is a Reader from the Ospringe Deanery and brings energy and enthusiasm for promoting vocation of ministry within all of life to this crucial area for our churches.
I’ve been a member of the Vocations Adviser team for just over a year and have particularly enjoyed taking part in the Changing Places events. It is a real privilege to be able to hear people’s stories and to encourage them to seek the next steps on the journey that God has for them. When I was asked to undertake the temporary role of Acting Vocations Officer I jumped at the chance. I believe that it is really important for every Christian to discern what it is that God is calling them to do for His church and His world.
I grew up in Bridge, just outside Canterbury and now live in Faversham with my husband Steven and son, Nathaniel. I’m a Reader at St Mary of Charity where I met Steven and he is Director of Music. Sunday’s can often involve a bit of juggling of the childcare when we are both leading parts of the service!
As well as working for the diocese for one day per week I also work part time as a paid official for one of the teaching trade unions. This involves supporting members at often difficult times in their lives with situations such as redundancies and disciplinary cases.
Although this post is fixed for a very short time I hope to focus on how the diocese can support local churches in developing a sense of vocation amongst their whole congregations.