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A world transformed
Published: 1st October 2021
Venturing out more, in recent weeks, has been a strange and rather unsettling experience. Like traversing a landscape that seems familiar but strangely altered. The world has changed in ways both subtle and significant.
Open A world transformed

Fragile – handle with care
Published: 31st August 2021
September's Chad Blog comes from the Bishop of Stafford
Open Fragile – handle with care

Working with the biggest corporation in the world – the church
Published: 27th August 2021
As August draws to a close and most return home from summer holidays, Revd Philip Swan brings out some souvenirs
Open Working with the biggest corporation in the world – the church

Worship - at your local school
Published: 13th September 2021
September is always the start of a new school year, and this one perhaps with more hopes than the last. Alex Wolvers, the diocese’s Mission in Schools Enabler certainly has...
Open Worship - at your local school

Love actually
Published: 1st August 2021
Bishop Sarah's thoughts for August's Chad Blog
Open Love actually

Time-ly vocation?
Published: 5th July 2021
Spoiler Alert! If you are intending to watch the recent BBC prison drama ‘Time’ on catch up then read no further, at least until you have watched it…
Open Time-ly vocation?

Re-engaging with children, families and young people post Covid.
Published: 24th June 2021
Many churches responded swiftly when covid restrictions were introduced in March 2020, with children’s, family and youth ministry being at the heart of the response. Research from Allchurches Trust gives an interesting insight into how hundreds of churches fared with engaging with children and young people during lockdown.
Open Re-engaging with children, families and young people post Covid.

Struggling to be holy
Published: 1st June 2021
Bishop Sarah's thoughts for June's Chad Blog
Open Struggling to be holy

Synods and saints – could it be you?
Published: 13th May 2021
The parliament and councils of the Church of England are up for election this year - Julie Jones explains:
Open Synods and saints – could it be you?

Wistfully longing for the old certainties of lockdown?
Published: 1st April 2021
As we emerge blinking into the light of a post-Covid world, we need to be kind and generous to one another as we adjust to an uncertain future.
Open Wistfully longing for the old certainties of lockdown?

Travelling together, metaphor, and devotion
Published: 1st March 2021
Pilgrimage is at its deepest a form of devotion. This holds true whether we are able to go on the traditional long walks together to do it, or not. ‘Pilgrimage of the mind’ is an equally ancient practice.
Open Travelling together, metaphor, and devotion

Disney, Joe and noticing
Published: 4th January 2021
Seeing the world and life through a very different lens
Open Disney, Joe and noticing

A view from the pew?
Published: 23rd January 2021
In the first of an occasional series, John Bentley shares his experience of sudden partial sight loss and how it's affected his perception of the church
Open A view from the pew?

The Coming
Published: 2nd December 2020
Bishop Michael’s Pastoral Letter for December 2020
Open The Coming

The long and winding road
Published: 1st November 2020
Bishop Clive peaks in his Pastoral Letter for November 2020?
Open The long and winding road

A glorious noise and all that’s jazz…
Published: 19th October 2020
Bishop-designate Matthew’s improvises in his Pastoral Letter for October 2020
Open A glorious noise and all that’s jazz…

Exploring Outdoor Worship - Forest Church Taster events
Published: 16th October 2020
A lot of people are thinking about doing outdoor worship not just in response to Covid-19. For many there is also an increasing desire to connect with God in nature, both as an expression of their spirituality but also with an environmental focus.
Open Exploring Outdoor Worship - Forest Church Taster events

Treasured Possession
Published: 13th July 2020
Bishop Clive's pastoral letter for August 2020
Open Treasured Possession

I was glad…
Published: 9th July 2020
Bishop Michael’s pastoral letter for July 2020
Open I was glad…

Paperchains - pandemic, prison - profession
Published: 12th June 2020
The untold experience of pandemic Britain - and how you can bring it to light
Open Paperchains - pandemic, prison - profession

Stay alert to God – love your neighbour – change the world
Published: 1st June 2020
Without a bishop in Stafford, this month's Pastoral Letter comes from the Archdeacon of Stoke-upon-Trent
Open Stay alert to God – love your neighbour – change the world

Alternative (doorstep) Realities
Published: 1st May 2020
Glimpses of a parallel world
Open Alternative (doorstep) Realities

When two or three can’t gather in His name
Published: 3rd April 2020
This time of lockdown has the feeling of a Narnian season: it is always spring, but never Easter.
Open When two or three can’t gather in His name

They Stayed Together
Published: 9th March 2020
A remarkable display of ecumenical unity gives a germ of hope grounded in reality
Open They Stayed Together

Do the little things
Published: 2nd March 2020
March begins with two significant Saints' Days, people renowned for humility and kindness
Open Do the little things

Making whole-ness and the wilderness
Published: 1st February 2020
During the vacancy for bishop of Stafford, archdeacons write some of the monthly bishops' pastoral letters
Open Making whole-ness and the wilderness

Star Qualities
Published: 24th January 2020
Bishop Sarah’s Pastoral Letter for January 2020
Open Star Qualities

Open and active
Published: 1st August 2019
Are we fit for purpose?
Open Open and active

Brave and ambitious
Published: 1st July 2019
The new Bishop of Shrewsbury, Sarah Bullock looks forward
Open Brave and ambitious

Let the Rebellion begin!
Published: 3rd June 2019
Diocesan commits to action on climate change
Open Let the Rebellion begin!

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