The Church of England Ministry Experience Scheme (CEMES) offers year-long placements in churches around the country for young adults aged under 30. The scheme allows them to explore whether God is calling them to ministry in the Church of England by gaining experience of what it is really like.
This year the Diocese of Bristol has employed three young people as part of the scheme. They will be involved in the newly created Avonside and Yate Mission Areas, where they will serve across the life of the church: from supporting outreach initiatives and running groups for children to leading worship and exploring the Christian faith with others.
I am so looking forward Cathie joining us as a CEMES worker within the Avonside Mission Area at a time when we are on the cusp of this new adventure.
I hope there will be opportunities to explore new things together in mission as well as introduce Cathie to the more established aspects of church life.
It is so exciting to have the opportunity to work together to see God's Kingdom come here in Avonside, and my prayer is that God will use this venture to expand our hearts, minds and souls for this community.
Revd Helen Johnson Priest in Charge - St Marys, Shirehampton, Bristol CEMES Coordinator Avonside Mission Area
I am really excited about the CEMES programme, it will be really great to have the chance of working with two young adults as they explore their calling and develop their own ministries for the benefit of God's Kingdom.
This is a brilliant programme and I am so privileged as a Catholic Anglican (with a Missional Heart) to have this opportunity to help enable others to discern and fulfil their calling as Christ Servants, facilitating the opportunity for their specific gifts and talents to serve the Yate and Fromeside Mission Area.
Revd Malcolm Strange Rector of The Fromeside Benefice CEMES Coordinator Yate Fromeside Mission Area