New LGBTI congregation in Lichfield Diocese

Published: 19th June 2016

A new congregation to provide an opportunity for worship, mutual support and encouragement for Christians in the LGBTI community is being launched this summer.

Wolverhampton vicar represents church at Queen's Patron's Lunch in the Mall

Published: 12th June 2016

One highlight of Her Majesty's ninetieth birthday celebrations this weekend is the The Patron's Lunch, a streetparty in the Mall on Sunday with 10,000 guests from the 600 charities and organisations of which the Queen is a Patron.

MBE for Lichfield Prison Chaplain

Published: 11th June 2016

A 15-year ministry as a prison chaplain and voluntary work spanning many years has been recognized by the Queen today in her birthday honours, with the award of an MBE to Jane Newsome. Jane, who served almost all her ministry in the diocese of Lichfield, first as prison chaplain at Stoke Heath Prison, where she was co-ordinating chaplain and then as Managing Chaplain of Swinfen Hall. Both were young offenders' institutions for young men.

St Chad's Church in Shrewsbury becomes the first in the country to sign the Armed Forces Covenant.

Published: 9th June 2016

St. Chad's Church in Shrewsbury has become the first church in the UK to sign the Armed Forces Covenant. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York signed the covenant in 2015 on behalf of the entire Church of England, but St Chad's is the first individual church to follow their lead.

The Ancient Art of Wiggling for Jesus

Published: 8th June 2016

Just part of one of the workshop titles being offered at a special day for clergy, readers, worship leaders and all involved in services to explore how to make 'all age' worship truly all-age, and engaging in missional contexts or at services with a high proportion of 'un-churched' people.

Living Well with Dementia

Published: 6th June 2016

Nearly 50 people gathered at St Andrew's Church Shifnal last month, for the start of Dementia Awareness Week 2016. Rachel Christophers, winner last November's 'Best Resident/Relative Contribution' in the national Dementia Care Awards, spoke on 'Living well with dementia'.

Soul Purpose 2016

Published: 4th June 2016

Over this past bank holiday weekend, fifty teenagers from the Shrewsbury area took part in the annual event known as Soul Purpose. One of them, Andrew Farrow, reports.

Update 'A Church Near You' in June

Published: 1st June 2016

If you do just one thing online, it should be to ensure your A Church Near You site is up-to-date.

News from Westminster

Published: 29th May 2016

In Dementia Awareness Week, Sarah Thorpe shares her experience.

TGI Monday show

Published: 27th May 2016

TGI Monday is a weekly online chat show featuring a panel of Christians, including clergy and a theologian, answering questions sent in by viewers. After a successful three-month trial, reaching thousands of viewers, the show launched at the beginning of April and has already caught the attention of the national church and media.

Ministry & Service - Whatever it is, DO something

Published: 23rd May 2016

"Whatever it is, DO something!!" That's what one teacher said to Helen Babiy from Willenhall when she was asked to help with an RE lesson. Never did she imagine it would result in becoming a Reader at her church, leading services, preaching and helping others discover their faith.

Vicar of Burslem dies unexpectedly of heart attack

Published: 20th May 2016

It is with sadness that we announce the sudden death on 14 May of The Revd Keith Round, Vicar of St Werbergh's church in Burslem (Stoke-on-Trent) at the age of 67. It is believed he had a massive heart attack.

History repeats as new Almshouse accomodation at St John's Lichfield adopts latest heating technolog

Published: 12th May 2016

St John's Lichfield is an ancient Almshouse that is continuing to flourish and expand. The distinctive Grade 1 listed Tudor brick building is now nationally famous for its chimneys, some of the first domestic chimneys in the West Midlands. It continues to expand, embracing the most energy-efficient innovative design of the twenty-first century.

Meeting people where they are – the light shining through

Published: 22nd April 2016

A post inspired by Josie Edwards, co-ordinator for St Matthew's Church, Donnington Wood with a local residential home for adults with complex needs.

Church Crawl with Bishop Clive

Published: 14th March 2016

On Saturday 5th March up to 90 people at a time attended an event to mark the Licensing of the new Benefice of Burntwood, Chase Terrace, Chasetown and Hammerwich (known as the Burntwood Chase Team). Each church in turn held a part of the service, with some people going to all four.

Welcome Bishop Michael - in pictures

Published: 3rd March 2016

Following the announcement of Bishop Michael's appointment on the 10 Downing Street website yesterday morning, Bishop Michael made a whistle-stop tour of the diocese, ending at the St Chad's Day celebration at Lichfield Cathedral

99th Bishop of Lichfield named

Published: 1st March 2016

The Right Reverend Dr Michael Ipgrave has been named as the new Bishop of Lichfield.

Preaching and the Imagination

Published: 10th February 2016

This month's Bishop's Wolverhampton Area Lecture was given by Canon Mark Oakley, chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral, London.

Maundy Thursday Eucharist

Published: 1st February 2016

Bishop Clive invites: "It is with joy and anticipation that I invite you to the Cathedral on Maundy Thursday, March 24, at 11.00 a.m. The service will provide us all, lay and ordained, with an opportunity to renew our commitment to the Lord's service, as well as to receive oils blessed for use in our parishes.

Learning to dream again

Published: 9th January 2016

The leaders of the Community of St Chad and diocesan officers have been getting excited by this book by Sam, Wells, vicar of St Martin in the Fields, central London, to the extent that the Bishop's Staff have caught the enthusiasm. Together, they are encouraging parishes to adopt the book as a shared Lent study experience across the diocese - see the video by Paul Thomas, Archdeacon of Salop.

Church of England on local radio

Published: 18th December 2015

Once again, the Diocese of Lichfield is supporting a campaign to share the biblical story of Christmas through the medium of local radio.

Pray for rain

Published: 27th November 2015

Please pray for rain in South Africa. That is the message from Lichfield Diocese's Director of Ministry, the Revd Lesley Bentley, who has just been to Matlosane, our partner diocese.

It's not what I wanted

Published: 13th November 2015

In the latest video in our occasional series about hearing God's call, Revd Zoe Heming, curate in the Hodnet Deanery, talks about how being forced into a wheelchair at the same time as hearing God's call has been transformed into a powerfully enabling gift for many in her congregations.

Praying for labourers

Published: 23rd October 2015

The CofE has just released a helpful prayer resource with a monthly cycle of areas to help in praying for vocations. Although intended for religious communities such as the Community of St Anselm that Archbishop Justin launched earlier this month or our own dispersed Community of St Chad, it can be helpful to anyone who will 'ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest' (Luke 10:2)

Prisons Week November 15-21

Published: 9th October 2015

Bishop Clive writes in anticipation of Prisons week.

DDO David Newsome set for a new adventure

Published: 9th October 2015

Revds David & Jane Newsome will join the charity Hands at Work at the start of next year, and so are leaving their respective posts as Diocsean Director of Ordinands and Coordinating Chaplain at Swinfen Hall Prison & YOI in the next few weeks.

Creating Missional Worship - new book from Shrewsbury vicar

Published: 30th September 2015

To what extent should our worship be shaped by our day-to-day culture? Can contemporary influences speak in the eternal and the patterns of Anglican worship? A new book by a Shrewsbury vicar tries to provide an answer.

Deficit, decline, death & letting go, letting loose, releasing?

Published: 24th September 2015

Words from Rev Dr Sam Wells' "Thought for the Day" on dementia on 22 September have been living with me.

"Dear Dementia..."

Published: 6th September 2015

Revd Zoe Heming, the curate in Hodnet Deanery (in and around Market Drayton) has written a 'Dear Dementia' letter.

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