A group of participants from the Lichfield Diocese ‘Pathways’ programme are taking part in an exciting new opportunity to sample theological study at The Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham, to help with their vocational journey.
The group are spending three Saturdays at Queen’s, sampling sessions on Exploring the Book of Ruth, Theological Reflection, Study Skills and Worship Leading. The sessions, delivered by a range of Queen’s tutors both lay and ordained, Anglican and Methodist, are giving the participants a chance to explore the reality of training for Reader ministry at Queen’s, joining together in the sessions with others exploring vocation from the Birmingham Diocese.
Participants are engaging in group discussion and using the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to contribute to an online forum, access resources and write their own theological reflection.
Clare Whitney, Lichfield Diocese Lay Ministerial Learning and Development Officer said: “We are delighted to be offering this new initiative. Pathways is a much loved and popular year of vocational discernment and it is always a joy to see where that journey takes people. Adding the QVP to Pathways gives people a further chance to deepen their appetite for lifelong learning and theological study, and to help discern God’s call on their life. Participants are particularly valuing being onsite at Queen’s, meeting tutors in person, using the Queen’s library and spending time in the chapel. I’m looking forward to reading their reflections and seeing where God takes them next.”
Pathways Participant Toby Gaddum explained: “The QVP taster days are an excellent insight into how studying on a course would be; it is certainly not daunting. The tutors create a relaxed, friendly, fun and thought provoking delivery in all the sessions. I was very reassured that the path to study is not as I had feared. I would highly recommend the QVP taster days.”
To register your interest in the Autumn 2023 Pathways Programme, please contact Cath Hughes in the Vocations and Training Team.
For specific questions about Reader Ministry, contact Clare Whitney, Lay Ministerial Learning and Development Officer.