BAME vocations celebration

Published: 21st October 2016

Over sixty people gathered in West Bromwich last night to hear about the ways people of black and minority ethnic groups can be encouraged to consider vocations in the Church of England.

Funerals - dead central to parish ministry

Published: 19th October 2016

Fr Ron Farrell enthuses about funeral ministry as a vital part of the life and mission of the Church

Bishop Blends Coffee and Study

Published: 6th October 2016

New Fairtrade Coffee launched at Selwyn Study Day

TGI Monday shortlisted in national Premier Digital Awards

Published: 5th October 2016

TGI Monday has been shortlisted for a Premier Digital Award for 'Most Creative Use of Social Media'.

October 2016

Published: 5th October 2016

Clergy Appointments, retirements and resignations this month

Bishop's Blog - October 2016

Published: 1st October 2016

Blue Peter and vanishing islands: in Creationtide, we delight afresh at the bounty of God's creation and commit to being good stewards of it. Yet, as I witnessed in the Solomon Islands, we need to act now because our inaction is costing livelihoods and lives. Christian Aid's resources and its 'Big Switch' campaign show how we can make a difference.

Diocese-wide support for Dementia Friendly Churches

Published: 28th September 2016

A pilot project to help churches provide dementia-friendly services and meetings in northern Shropshire is being expanded and rolled out across the rest of the Diocese.

Bishop speaks out on need to address antisemitism

Published: 28th September 2016

Bishop Michael, who is Chair of the Council of Christians and Jews, has warmly welcomed the Archbishop of Canterbury's words condemning the 'virus' of antisemitism. At a speech to the CCJ in Staines this week, Bishop Michael said, 'There is a fundamental truth that Jews and Christians hold in common: we are taught, and we believe, that men and women are made in the image of God.'

People flock to churches and towpaths

Published: 23rd September 2016

People from all around the Diocese of Lichfield have been meeting the new bishop of Lichfield, Rt Revd Michael Ipgrave as he has toured the diocese and walked part of the Two Saints Way as part of his 'Season of Welcome'

Shropshire Curate on BBC Radio2

Published: 15th September 2016

Hodnet Deanery curate Revd Zoe Heming was Fern Britton's guest on Radio 2's Good Morning Sunday this week.

New Prebendaries named

Published: 12th September 2016

Three new Prebendaries will be installed in Lichfield Cathedral during Evensong on Sunday 13 November.

Bishop's Blog - September 2016

Published: 31st August 2016

"First and foremost I am a child of God" - a vital reminder to all of us, and a note-to-self for the new Bishop of Lichfield

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.

Raising the Roof Fund - success at Bushbury

Published: 7th July 2016

Image of Revd Ian Poole, vicar standing outside St Mary's church, Bushbury

#NewRevs - 2016 Ordination in Lichfield Cathedral

Published: 1st July 2016

Eleven new curates were ordained last Sunday in Lichfield Cathedral, marking the end of two or three years of training and the beginning of their parish ministry.

Bishops' plea for post-referendum unity

Published: 1st July 2016

The bishops of Lichfield Diocese have written a joint letter to be read to parishes in the wake of last week's referendum.

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.'

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.

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