The Church of England seeks to provide Christian worship and ministry in every community in England. About a million people regularly participate in ordinary Sunday worship, with three times more than that participating in church worship at Christmas and Easter. The church has about 18,000 active clergy (about half of whom are in full time paid ministry), and about 10,000 trained ministers who are not ordained (i.e. they have not taken life vows). The Church seeks to encourage people to believe in God as revealed in Jesus Christ, and to serve people after the example of Jesus, believing all people to have immense value and dignity as children of God. Ministers serve in local parish churches, and in schools, hospitals, prisons, colleges, ports, and several other contexts. They take worship services, christenings, weddings, funerals, and provide guidance and care from a Christian perspective wherever they can.
The Church of England's website can be found at http://www.churchofengland.org
Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
The Church of England is comprised of 41 dioceses, a geographical area under the authority of a bishop: the diocese of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich covers almost the whole of Suffolk. There are nearly 500 church communities of all kinds in the diocese, with 478 church buildings, many of them fine, ancient places of worship. There are about 200 active clergy, and hundreds of other authorized ministers. About 20,000 people worship regularly in our churches (many more on special occasions). We support many church schools throughout Suffolk. We are led by Bishop Martin Seeley and Bishop Mike Harrison, and are engaged in an exciting new endeavour, "Growing in God", which is shaping the way in which we serve God and the communities of which we are a part.
Our website can be found at http://www.cofesuffolk.org
Every year the Church of England seeks to ordain 500-700 new ministers, about a quarter of whom are in their 20s entering full time paid ministry.
All kinds of people become vicars. None of them are perfect. The Church needs people who are imaginative, spiritual, trustworthy, caring, kind, with good communication skills.
A sense of call to ministry as a vicar can be explored further via http://www.callwaiting.org.uk
For resources about exploring life in a dedicated Church ministry please see our resources sheet