Vocations Sunday

As a disciple of Jesus Christ we are all called:  called into being, called to life in abundance, called to love, called to follow, called to be the best that we can be. Some are called into roles within the Church others beyond the churches walls.

 God continues to makes different calls on us throughout our lives.  The task of the disciple is to be attentive to the movement of God’s Holy Spirit who might be trying to nudge us into serving in a different way.

Methodist Churches are encouraged to regularly think about Our Calling.  To respond to the gospel if God’s love in Christ in the churches life and worship.  You might like to do that by designating one Sunday as Vocations Sunday.  Traditionally Vocations Sunday has been on the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, the 3rd Sunday after Easter or Conference Sunday.  However, we can think about our vocation at any time!


Vocations Sunday is a great time to ask people to give their testimony.  Don’t ask the usual suspects – we all have a story to tell!

Here are some materials to help you plan an act of worship with a vocations theme.  (All PDF donwloads.) Some are full services, others are outlines to make your own.  Each has been prayerfully crafted by a Methodist disciple. 

Service orders and outlines

Full service order for 2020 produced by The Vine by Twelve Baskets, with contributions inspired by John 10: 1-10 and Acts 2: 42-7

Local Arrangement Service produced by
The Vine by Twelve Baskets, including a sermon by the Revd Dr Jonathan Hustler. Drawing on Psalm 23, John 10: 22-30 and Acts 4: 36-43

(Find out how your circuit can subscribe to receive The Vine resources here: www.theworshipcloud.com/thevine)

Order of Service based on Isaiah 43: 1–7 and Luke 3: 15–17, 21–22 

Worship ideas drawing on 1 Samuel 3: 1-10, Ephesians 1: 3-14 and Matthew 4: 18-23 

Other worship resources

A selection of hymns for Vocations Sunday

A reflection on the Calling of Moses

How I came to follow - stories of characters from Luke's Gospel

A personal testimony


If you have something to offer for these pages please send it to Ministries: Vocations and Worship mvw@methodistchurch.org.uk