"deborahI honestly cannot recommend the programme enough" Deborah, Barking Methodist Church 




Ever wondered what God is calling you to?

Would you like to have a greater impact as a Christian disciple?

You can make 2024 the year in which you join with others to explore your gifts and faith.

encounter-footprintsWhat is Encounter?

  • Encounter is a place to deepen your awareness of God
  • An opportunity to reflect on your faith journey
  • A supportive small group environment for sharing and learning together
  • A place to help you discern your unique calling 

What does Encounter cover?

The programme provides opportunities to consider:

  • What does it mean for me to follow Jesus today?
  • What are my gifts and skills?
  • What is God calling me to?
  • What part do I play in God's mission?
  • How does my call fit within Methodist tradition?

Programme topics include:

  • Encountering God
  • Encountering Methodism
  • Encountering Self
  • Encountering Vocation
  • Encountering Mission
  • Encountering Ministry

Where is Encounter?

  • Encounter 2024 will be hosted online enabling you to join with people from all around the Connexion to explore discipleship and calling together.

Who is Encounter for?

  • The programme is for any adult from the Methodist Church in Britain who is seeking to deepen their discipleship and explore their vocation.

What do I need to know about Encounter?

  • We will meet online, between February and November 2024.
  • The Encounter programme is being offered free of charge.

How do I find out more about Encounter?

Join us for a taster evening

  • Monday 4 December  2023
  • Wednesday 10 January 2024
  • Monday 22 January 2024

Book here for your choice of date: www.eventbrite.com/cc/encounter-2024-2524019

Contact either Tricia or Sharon for more information

Tricia Mitchell mitchellt@methodistchurch.org.uk 
Sharon Nugent nugents@methodistchurch.org.uk 

Spread the word

Here is an invitation flyer (Pdf) for you to download and share with people in your church.



encounter-quote-3“In June 2019 I joined the Encounter programme. The programme really helped me to discover my “calling, as if it was designed specifically for me. This is because the programme is designed to increase an understanding of God and how we are being called by God. The programme goes stage by stage, e.g. God, Self, Discipleship, Vocation, Ministry, Mission. This is like peeling an onion one layer at a time until you get to the core.

I am very grateful for the Encounter programme. If not for this programme, I would still be making excuses for not responding to my calling. I am now on the Worship: Leading & Preaching course to train as a Local Preacher. To God be the Glory”   

Ruth, Methodist Central Hall

encounter-quote-1"Encounter gave me a better understanding of myself in relation to God and my life's path."

Alison, Lambeth circuit




encounter-quote-2"Encounter helped shape my journey of calling, it taught me to look within – for the unexpected – and find my path”

Phil, Ealing Trinity Circuit




If you are interested in exploring ordained ministry please see Ordination Exploration Days

If you are interested to know about a range of lay ministries in the church please see Vocations