Mia Smith left the north-east of England and a career as a midwife and nurse to bring up her family, and moved to Shropshire as her husband moved jobs.
The summer has seen a rash of events for new generations - here is VIDEO and an insight from some participants around the diocese.
CHILDREN AT RISK – We Have a Part to Play
DVD ensures that 175th celebration flower festival is not forgotten
A Staffordshire Clergywoman has two reasons to be cheerful this month.
As Christians celebrated Pentecost yesterday, the Bishop of Shrewsbury compared his encounter with the cricketing deity and commentator with the third person of God, the Holy Spirit.
The Bishop of Lichfield, the Rt Revd Jonathan Gledhill has appointed a successor to the post of Archdeacon of Stoke. The new Archdeacon of Stoke will be the Revd Matthew Parker who is currently Team Rector of the Leek and Meerbrook Team of churches and Rural Dean for the Leek Deanery.
Despite risks of drowning, and prison walls, "God breaks through the most secure of defences, liberating hearts and minds, and turning lives around." says Bishop Clive. About a hundred people crowded into the chapel at Swinfen Hall Prison near Lichfield on Sunday morning for a very special service.
Churchgoers from around the Diocese were having to 'stay put' after the annual Christian Aid sponsored walk was cancelled.
Leominster Priory will be the central venue for the event which is being advertised to churches and tourism organisations across the country. Workshops will also use other nearby heritage buildings.
At a service in Lichfield Cathedral last night, the Bishop of Lichfield, The Rt Revd Jonathan Gledhill licensed the Revd Preb Amanda Rylands to the voluntary, part-time position to give support and a voice to other self-supporting clergy.
While the last known service veteran to remember the signing of the Armistice at 11am on 11 September 1918 died this year, many will gather to honour comrades, family and friends who made the ultimate sacrifice at numerous other conflicts since - including the two recent Gulf wars and the conflict in Afghanistan. Gratitude & pain will be among the emotions felt across the nation as churches and veterans' groups continue to care for the casualties and families whose lives have been transformed by recent wars.
OLMs and NSMs in the Lichfield Diocese will have a new voice when it comes to future strategic decision making.
"I'm thoroughly in favour of women bishops and look forward to it happening", says the Bishop of Lichfield.
On Saturday afternoon, the Bishop of Lichfield will authorise sixteen new Lay Ministers at Lichfield Cathedral to serve in churches from West Bromwich to Stoke to Shrewsbury.
For those who have always wanted to have a go at bell ringing, a perfect opportunity is just around the corner. As part of the Festival of Churches taking place in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire over the weekend of the 14th and 15th September several churches are putting bells at the centre of their events.
The first ever Festival of Churches launches this week. The Festival will cross the three Counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcester and will include activities at more than 200 historic churches over the weekend of the 14th and 15th September.
He grew up in Kent. He spent a year in Devon, and another in north London. Here endeth the biography of Chris Hassell. Almost.
St Alkmunds Church is one of four remaining churches in 'Best Rescue or Repair of a Place of Worship' category
Last week a band of pilgrims traveled from General Synod to London to highlight the plight of those living in poverty, stopping in Stafford on the way.
The Bishop of Wolverhampton, Rt Revd Clive Gregory was among faith and community leaders who issued a joint statement on Saturday.
...with seats at Lichfield Cathedral The Bishop of Lichfield and Chapter of its Cathedral have announced seven new recipients of the title Prebendary.
The Church of England's General Synod met in York over the weekend, running through to Tuesday with full representation from this diocese.
Open Door Project gives children chance to explore
In light of the explosive device found over the weekend at a mosque in Walsall, the Bishop of Wolverhampton has made the following comment:
Nine Leaders representing Christians, Buddists, Hindus, Jews Muslims and Sikhs have together sent a letter to David Cameron supporting the government's decision to host a 'Hunger Summit' and place hunger on the G8 agenda this weekend.
Over the past two weeks, the Bishop of Lichfield has had a huge amount of correspondence from those wanting to defend the traditional definition of marriage when the bill is voted on in the House of Lords tomorrow.
The recent lifting of reporting restrictions on a series of trials for sexual abuse, child prostitution and trafficking in Telford have highlighted the vulnerability of young people in a number of ways for which church members, neighbours and schools shou
There is sadness in the Diocese of Lichfield as news of the sudden death of The Very Revd Keith Jukes, Dean of Ripon Cathedral at the age of 59.
Having been present for the State Opening of Parliament at which the Queen announced the government's plans for legislation, Bishop Jonathan concentrated on caring for the disadvantaged.