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Local vicar elected to attend House of Bishops

Published: 30th October 2013

Barlaston vicar Jane Tillier has been elected as one of eight female clergy nationwide who will attend the House of Bishops.


Confirmation at Messy Church

Published: 25th October 2013

In October 2013, the first Confirmation service took place in a Messy Church congregation in the Diocese of Lichfield. See Video


The baptism of Prince George

Published: 23rd October 2013

We thank almighty God for the gift of new life. May God the Father, who has received you by baptism into his Church, pour upon you the riches of his grace, that within the company of Christ's pilgrim people you may daily be renewed by his anointing Spirit, and come to the inheritance of the saints in glory. Amen.


Worship "must be authentic to the community" says Bishop Jonathan

Published: 22nd October 2013

"Worship which connects the people of God with their creator must be authentic to the community" says Bishop Jonathan in a letter to clergy and lay ministers


Raising money for Syria

Published: 21st October 2013

A 1935 Bentley was the star attraction at St Peter's, Little Aston, at a carwash in aid of the Syrian refugee crisis.


Bishop opens new credit union shop

Published: 21st October 2013

The Bishop of Stafford, Geoff Annas, has opened a new branch of the Staffordshire Credit Union in the heart of the county town.


Shrewsbury church in award final

Published: 18th October 2013

People around St Alkmunds church in the centre of Shrewsbury are on tenterhooks this week as they anticipate the results of the prestigious English Heritage Angel Awards. In the meantime, English Heritage have produced short videos about each of the finalists.


St Chad's Jobs Club opened by local MP

Published: 17th October 2013

St Chad's Church, together with the city council, Wolverhampton Inter-Faith & Regeneration Network and SiteLearn formally opened a new Job Club on Friday.


'Church is not a Franchise' says Selwyn Lecturer

Published: 15th October 2013

In the 2013 Selwyn Lecture held this week at Lichfield Cathedral, Canon George Lings compared fresh expressions of church as children with the same DNA but different characters rather than replicas of existing churches. See video.


Honours awarded to six priests in the Diocese

Published: 14th October 2013

On 29 September, six long-serving priests were made Prebendaries of Lichfield Cathedral by Bishop Jonathan with the Dean, Adrian Dorber.


Church life is child’s play for new curate Jo

Published: 14th October 2013

The second story about one of this weekend's new ordinands, Jo Williams hopes to help disciples grow through all sorts of activities.


Rambling Rev is star of beer festival

Published: 11th October 2013

A Stoke-on-Trent vicar has become the star of a real ale festival with a special brew named after him.


Matthew Parker is the new Archdeacon of Stoke

Published: 11th October 2013

Matthew is all Stoked up after four hundred people gathered in Lichfield Cathedral on Tuesday evening to witness his Collation, Induction and Welcome as Archdeacon of Stoke-upon-Trent and his Installation as an Honorary Canon.


Lay Readers accrue four centuries of experience

Published: 11th October 2013

With over four centuries of experience between them, sixteen Lay Readers were given special recognition at Lichfield Cathedral on Saturday. Another eight were formally welcomed to the diocese and one was licensed for the first time.


Howzat?! Lichfield Clergy in Cricket scorcher

Published: 11th October 2013

The Diocese of Lichfield battled the Diocese of London yesterday in the final of the 2013 Church Times Cricket Cup.


Delivering babies, buildings and, soon, baptisms

Published: 11th October 2013

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.


New Generations Reaching for Summer Soulace.

Published: 16th September 2013

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- Bishop Calls for Action

Published: 16th September 2013

CHILDREN AT RISK – We Have a Part to Play


Picture Man's Lasting Image

Published: 16th September 2013

DVD ensures that 175th celebration flower festival is not forgotten


Celebration and Publication

Published: 16th September 2013

A Staffordshire Clergywoman has two reasons to be cheerful this month.


‘Boycott: god-like behaviour’ says bishop

Published: 16th September 2013

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.


New Archdeacon to Stoke church’s mission

Published: 16th September 2013

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.


Forgiveness and repentance confirmed behind bars.

Published: 16th September 2013

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.


Walkers Stopped in their Tracks

Published: 16th September 2013

Churchgoers from around the Diocese were having to 'stay put' after the annual Christian Aid sponsored walk was cancelled.


Major Tourism Conference for West Midlands Churche

Published: 16th September 2013

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.


‘Good, for Nothing’ Clergy championed by Bishop

Published: 16th September 2013

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.


Lichfield Diocese Remembers Afresh

Published: 16th September 2013

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.


Mandy Gets Ministry Role

Published: 16th September 2013

OLMs and NSMs in the Lichfield Diocese will have a new voice when it comes to future strategic decision making.


Bishop Backs Women

Published: 16th September 2013

"I'm thoroughly in favour of women bishops and look forward to it happening", says the Bishop of Lichfield.


Lay Ministers commended by Bishop Jonathan

Published: 16th September 2013

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.

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