Meet the CEMES workers 2017
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.
My name is Ben, and I have been living in the Bristol and Bath area with my wife, Sarah, for six years, although I lived here for four years as a teenager. Most recently I have been working in secondary education, although I trained originally as a professional orchestra and opera conductor.
I originally felt called to explore ministry in my late teen’s in the context of my home denomination (The Salvation Army), but chose to ignore that calling to pursue a musical career.
As I began to feel led to explore this calling again, now in the context of the Church of England, the Church of England Ministry Experience Scheme (CEMES) was advertised. This felt like a strong prompting by God to pursue this faith adventure.
I am hoping that the year ahead will help me to fully discern my calling to serve God, and what this will look like. I am very much looking forward to coming alongside people in the parish of St Michael’s Winterbourne, and helping to minister and serve them as best I can.
My name is Mary and I have lived in Wiltshire all my life but have spent the last year studying in Plymouth. During this time, I learnt a lot about my faith and relationship with God and this has sparked a passion for serving in Christian ministry.
I applied to join the Church of England Ministry Experience Scheme because I wanted the opportunity to explore ministry and experience working in a church setting. I will be serving alongside the fabulous people of Yate and Fromeside, reaching out to families and young people in particular. I am excited to learn from this wonderful community of people as well as seeing what God is going to do in my life over the next 10 months.
My name is Cathie, I'm a Classical Studies graduate from Royal Holloway University of London.
Originally from Wales, I was living in Surrey with my husband until 2016 when we moved to Bristol so he could train for ordination at Trinity College.
I applied for the Church of England Ministry Experience Scheme because I'm currently testing the call to church ministry within the CofE. This opportunity seemed to be a great way to test that call and to grow in my relationship with God whilst serving practically in a local church.
I hope that by the end of the 10 months I will have a clearer sense of my call, have made steps towards my future vocation, grown in faith and become better equipped for whatever I do in the future.
I'd appreciate your prayers for my husband and I as we go through the transitions of study and full time ministry both now and in the future.
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 Mary’s, 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 Gods 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