News


The start of Bishop Michael's ministry in Lichfield Diocese

Published: 21st July 2016

Bishop Michael's 'Season of Welcome' begins on Thursday 15 September, culminating in his formal Installation and celebrating a Diocesan Eucharist on Saturday 24 September.


Diocese of Lichfield praised by independent safeguarding Audit

Published: 27th June 2016

An independent audit of the safeguarding arrangements in the Church of England has commended the Diocese of Lichfield, saying 'The Diocese of Lichfield maintains an impressive openness and willingness to learn in the area of safeguarding. People have a genuine commitment to getting it right and the attitude to the audit was characterised by openness and a lack of defensiveness - everyone to whom the auditors spoke was both keen to learn and improve.'


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.


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.


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


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.


Neighbouring Course

Published: 14th May 2015

What would it mean if we took seriously 'loving our neighbours?


New support for young adults, Fresh Expressions and pioneer ministry

Published: 16th April 2015

The Revd David Cundill was welcomed to the Diocese this week as the new Deputy Director of Mission. He will work with parishes and pioneer ministers with a particular focus on supporting work under the Diocese's Reaching New Generations theme, particularly with reaching the 19-35 age group and Fresh Expressions.


Holy Week meditations

Published: 27th March 2015

A pioneering church community in Wolverhampton has recorded the St Chad's Community's special daily prayer material for Easter and Holy Week for its own congregation of young adults.


A Candlelight Vigil for Peace

Published: 18th December 2014

People all over the world have been touched by the dreadful terrorist attack that took place this week in Pakistan, with the loss of 141 schoolchildren and teachers.


No Room at the Church?

Published: 8th December 2014

We're all familiar with the overcrowding issue in Bethlehem at Census Time, or the difficulty accessing healing in the Gospels - John 5 and Mark 2 are prime examples. Those of us living with disability don't always have it easier in the present.


Church and Kirche

Published: 4th December 2014

There was cause for celebration at Lichfield Cathedral on Saturday as the partnership covenant between the Diocese of Lichfield and the Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche in Norddeutschland was signed for a fourth five-year term.


Honour among Chaplains as well as Parish Priests

Published: 7th November 2014

The Bishop of Lichfield has today announced the names of six diocesan clergy who will be honoured with the title Prebendary.


Birches Head Memorial Window

Published: 6th November 2014

Frank McGregor is no stranger to putting big art in the service of God. But the St Matthew's memorial is among the biggest commemorative art projects ever attempted.


Rescuing the children

Published: 24th October 2014

'Dilan dropped in at Sanctus a few weeks ago, just a lady in a distraught state'. Revd Sally Smith is used to welcoming new faces to Sanctus, a support group for refugees at St Mark's in Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent. But this new face was to prompt Sally to jump on a flight and journey hundreds of miles across Bulgaria. 'Dilan is a Kurdish Syrian. Her husband was killed by government forces, and she has five children, aged between three and fifteen. They fled as refugees into Turkey, and then onto Bulgaria, where they were processed in Harmanli refugee camp.'


First Archdeacon of Lichfield dies

Published: 23rd October 2014

The Venerable Richard Ninis, the first Archdeacon of Lichfield has died.


From Advent to Harvest

Published: 13th October 2014

A new book of resources is published, for leading worship through the church year, from former Lichfield Diocese priest and Director of Ordinands, Revd Preb Mark Geldard.


Marvellous

Published: 26th September 2014

An interview with Neil Baldwin


Cathedral Volunteers and Listeners Celebrate 25 Years

Published: 18th September 2014

Have you heard the Diocesan Digest, Sound Magazine for Lichfield Cathedral? It celebrates its 25th birthday this weekend.


Crusty Church – One teacher’s reflections on going to a new church for the first time.

Published: 31st August 2014

Revd Pauline Shelton is one of this diocese's teachers based at Shallowford House. Last year she spent some time rediscovering the experience of being a stranger in a new culture, class or church: This video sums up her mouthwatering discoveries.


Near Neighbours

Published: 5th August 2014

Following its success in Birmingham, London and Bradford, Near Neighbours has now come to the Black Country (Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Dudley). Grants between £250 and £5,000 are available, providing seed capital for local groups and organisations who are working to bring together neighbours, to develop relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities in order to improve their communities.


Growing Young Leaders

Published: 30th July 2014

Growing Young Leaders is an opportunity for young people age 14-20 to develop their faith and ability to lead and work with others.


A Warm Welcome for the Archbishop of Canterbury in Stafford

Published: 30th July 2014

The Right Revd Justin Welby was in Stafford this week, speaking to a barn full of 4,500 teenagers at the Staffordshire Showground. The occasion was an annual event that attracts young people from churches throughout the Midlands and north of England.


Women Bishops: the view from General Synod

Published: 18th July 2014

The General Synod of the Church of England has given its final approval for women to become bishops in the Church of England. The vote in the General Synod on the measure was carried by the required two-thirds majority in the three constituent parts of the Synod: the House of Bishops, the House of Clergy and the House of Laity.


Bishop Albert Vun Cheong Fui has died

Published: 16th July 2014

We are saddened to learn of the death from pancreatic cancer of the Bishop of Sabah.


Preaching workshop

Published: 15th July 2014

"Without doubt, the best organised and delivered, and most relevant workshop I have ever attended".


Local vicar, Revd Preb Pat Hawkins to be new Canon of Lichfield Cathedral

Published: 15th July 2014

Lichfield Cathedral has appointed a new Canon for Pastoral Development and Mission.


Like Son, Like Father

Published: 15th July 2014

It's not unusual to find married couples who follow each other along the path to ordination, but this June was a joyful time for the Merry family.


10 million rely on church community support shows new research

Published: 15th July 2014

New research conducted for the Church Urban Fund, CUF, shows that 10 million adults a year in England use community services from churches.


Pioneering minister for 50 years, Revd Beryl Morgan remembered

Published: 15th July 2014

It is impossible to remember every member of the diocese when they die, but just occasionally we have to observe the passing of someone who has made an extraordinary contribution to the diocese.

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