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Drovers routing for Staffordshire/African charity

Published: 15th July 2024

A Heath Hayes man is planning to walk on a cattle drovers' route across the Scottish highlands to raise money for Malakota, a rural community in Zambia through Staffordshire charity, Hands at Work in Africa.

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Revd Ann Bucknall

Published: 12th July 2024

The funeral of an ardent supporter of the St Chad Volunteer programme and teacher and missionary in Malaysia takes place in Lichfield in August.

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Nana’s Washday

Published: 3rd July 2024

Turning a church into a laundry, complete with thunder and lightning is perfectly normal for Julie and Louise as they support adults with complex needs and people affected by dementia.

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New Director of Comms named

Published: 12th June 2024

Arun Kataria is to be the diocese’s Director of Communications, the second of two appointments in a month for roles key to delivering the diocese’s new strategic framework.

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First female Dean of Lichfield appointed

Published: 5th June 2024

His Majesty the King has approved the nomination of The Right Reverend Janet Elizabeth McFarlane, Interim Dean of Lichfield and an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Lichfield, for appointment as Dean of Lichfield.

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Joint statement by West Midlands church leaders ahead of the General Election

Published: 4th June 2024

Church leaders in the West Midlands have issued a joint statement ahead of the General Election.

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Church of England holds first West Midlands Racial Justice Board Meeting

Published: 31st May 2024

The Church of England in the West Midlands has marked a milestone with the inaugural meeting of its Racial Justice Board earlier this month. This pivotal gathering united representatives from Birmingham, Coventry, Gloucester, Hereford, Lichfield, and Worcester to address racism and champion racial justice within the Church, society, and our communities.


Lichfield welcomes a new Strategic Programmes Director

Published: 29th May 2024

Canon Nick Smeeton has been appointed to the role of Strategic Programmes Director for the Diocese of Lichfield. This is a new and crucial role for our diocese and is funded by the national church, designed to bring life and detail to the implementation of the new strategic framework recently agreed by our Diocesan Synod.

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Prayers through Dementia

Published: 10th May 2024

For Dementia Action Week 13–19 May 2024

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Regional Racial Justice Director announced

Published: 29th April 2024

The Revd Dr Evie Vernon O’Brien has been appointed as the Racial Justice Director for the Church of England in the West Midlands. Evie will take up her role in July working with six dioceses – Birmingham, Coventry, Gloucester, Hereford, Lichfield, and Worcester. It is the first collaborative project of its kind in the Church of England.

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Songs of Praise for People Impacted by Dementia

Published: 24th April 2024

On 23 April Lichfield Cathedral hosted a Songs of Praise for people impacted by dementia with special guests Tony Christie and Lichfield Catheral Choristers.

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Sharing each others' gifts for the growth of the church

Published: 5th April 2024

Lichfield Diocese was well represented at the second Intercultural Church conference, hosted this year by Bishop Martyn Snow in Leicester Diocese just before Easter.

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TikTok Vicar in parliament

Published: 22nd March 2024

The 'TikTok Vicar' from Aldridge, Revd David Sims was one of a select group of content creators invited to the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday to join an Easter Roundtable highlighting Christian voices on the platform.

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Stoke skyline restored

Published: 20th March 2024

The church sometimes known as 'the Potters' Cathedral' is in the midst of £2million repair work. The Lord Mayor of Stoke and the Bishop of Stafford were among those who recently climbed to the top of the scaffolding around the tower to look at the recent repairs and admire the view of the city.

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Pastoral arrangements in the Wolverhampton Episcopal Area for 2024

Published: 11th March 2024

Bishop Michael writes with regard to the Bishop of Wolverhampton and Archdeacon of Walsall


Reflections from February General Synod

Published: 4th March 2024

This February's General Synod meeting in London was held over a weekend - part of an attempt to balance the meetings to aid lay members, many of whom have to take holiday from employers in order to attend.

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St Chad's Medallists 2024

Published: 1st March 2024

Years of loyal service to parishes, schools and diocese were recognised last night when six medals were presented during a special service of evensong at Lichfield Cathedral with a further two to be presented at a future date.

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Pointless achievement for Shropshire curate

Published: 12th February 2024

A Shropshire curate and her husband are celebrating after winning on the BBC gameshow Pointless.

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St Peter's makes the Difference

Published: 9th February 2024

Pupils from two diocesan secondary schools helped the Archbishop of Canterbury launch a youth version of the Difference course last week.

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Archdeacon of Walsall, The Ven Julian Francis to retire

Published: 8th February 2024

The Archdeacon of Walsall, The Venerable Julian Francis, has announced that he is retiring from stipendiary ministry this spring. His last working day will be Wednesday 8th May 2024.

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Rushall hits Gold

Published: 31st January 2024

Rushall Parish Church is celebrating after being awarded the Gold standard in the Eco Awards, the highest award in the ARocha scheme and the first in the diocese.

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Marking Mark at St Mark’s

Published: 26th January 2024

To mark the beginning of Advent and a new year in the Church calendar, Hanley parish, Stoke-on-Trent, hosted a very special, collaborative reading of Mark’s Gospel.

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Class act for ministry development

Published: 5th January 2024

The training and development of Christian leaders, ordained and lay, receives a renewed focus this year with the appointment of Jules Smith to the post of Strategic Ministry Development Officer.

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Christmas greetings from our bishops

Published: 22nd December 2023

Bishop Sarah, Matthew and Jonathan mull over themes of the season


Advent Anticipated

Published: 7th December 2023

News from across the North Sea from Revd Preb Terry Bloor, curator of our diocesan exchange with the Nordkirche in northern Germany.

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Buttons pull community together

Published: 17th November 2023

An art project previously only seen in cathedrals has been central to a project pulling community together in a Shrewsbury parish.

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Black History Month - parish zooms conversation on faith, justice and the CofE

Published: 1st November 2023

The parish of St Andrews Church Aston welcomed Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin and Chine McDonald as special guests at their online book club.

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Appeal for Gaza

Published: 26th October 2023

Our bishops support the appeal launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Archbishop Hosam of Jerusalem to Christians across the world to support the Al Ahli Hospital's work by contributing to the Gaza Appeal.


Strengthening Communities

Published: 17th October 2023

As the old TCT team resettles into their diocesan home, team leader Carrie Blount explains the team's passions and purpose

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