/ Posts from Helen Collins

09 Jun |  Invitations to Grace

Yesterday afternoon I was due to meet a colleague for coffee. I had rushed from one meeting to the next all morning and arrived on time to find my usually prompt colleague was not there. A few text messages back …

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18 May |  More salt please!

Last week, I was talking with a candidate about the difficulties he was having with friendships. This person was reflecting upon the nature of his relationships at his sports club and he commented that even though he enjoyed spending time …

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01 Mar |  Younger Vocations Evening

Could it be you? Have you ever wondered if God is calling you to explore ordination? The Younger Vocations Evening is an opportunity to explore the what, why and how of ordination in the Church of England. Aimed at 18-30s, …

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27 Jan |  Do we really believe in prayer?

On Wednesday 23rd December, I had scheduled into my diary a day of prayer for the work of vocations across the diocese of Bristol. Nearly every one of my previous blog posts has included a call to pray and insisted …

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22 Dec |  Hearing God’s Call at Christmas

When you have sat through as many nativity plays as I have – as a primary school teacher, a Church Families Worker, an ordained minister and a parent of three – you become somewhat deaf to the incredible power of the Christmas …

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07 Oct |  What’s in an age?

I have done almost five weeks in this role, and I have already lost count of the number of rooms I’ve walked into where people have been barely able to contain their surprise that I am Bristol’s new DDO (diocesan …

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09 Sep |  Three ways to encourage new vocations

When Justin Welby was elected the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury in February 2013, everyone was commenting on his ‘meteoric rise’, since he had been consecrated as a bishop only 16 months earlier. I remember reading about his life and being …

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