Welcome to St John the Baptist Church in Smalley, Derbyshire.


I wonder what you think of when you hear the word “vocation”? Maybe you think of those who are engaged in a particular kind of employment, like doctors, nurses, teachers, social workers. There are many in these and other professions who see their work as a “calling”, those whose primary motivation is not self interest or monetary gain, but a sense of doing God’s will wherever they are.
Perhaps when you think of vocation you think of those who are specifically called into fulltime Christian ministry – priests, deacons, missionary partners, those in holy orders. I believe it can be both. For many, God has called us into a particular type of work where we are to show by our lives and lifestyle that we are followers of Jesus.

There is a remarkable story in the Bible about two ladies called Shiphrah and Puah. They are not very well known but they changed the course of Biblical history. At the start of the book of Exodus the Hebrews were living as slaves in Egypt. The Pharaoh at the time was worried that the Hebrews were growing in number. He ordered all Hebrew baby boys to be killed at birth. These two ladies, Shiphrah and Puah were midwives. For them their vocation, their calling, was to work to bring new life into being. When the order came to kill the baby boys these women bravely disobeyed the orders of Pharaoh and obeyed their call from God. They were not famous but without their actions the baby Moses may not have lived to lead the people of Israel and there might have been a completely different story.

We are small cogs in a big wheel yet each of us who are followers of Jesus have the responsibility to live lives as those called by Him, to be salt and light in our small part of the world. And who knows – maybe we too could change the course of history!

Jane Williams, Reader
All Saints Church, Breadsall