News

Sleepers awake!

Published: 1st December 2022

There's no time like the present, according to Bishop Clive in his bishops' letter for December


Are we accidentally ‘ableist’?

Published: 23rd November 2022

Was the Queen misguided? Revd Zoe Hemmings on having her own prejudice challenged by a good friend.


How still we see thee lie

Published: 1st November 2022

Bishop Sarah recently experienced moments where the world seemed to stand still despite being in the middle of cosmopolitan chaos, hearing about the risks some take to engage in building peace and reconciliation.


Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone.

Published: 27th September 2022

It's the month of new beginnings - new school and university terms. We usually think it's for the young, not those approaching retirement. Revd Charmaine Host asks us to think again.


Reason for response

Published: 31st August 2022

Bishop Matthew contemplates the coming months not with hopeful cheerfulness but with an uneasy dread provoked by international upheavals, the unsettling evidence of a changing climate and, most immediately for many, a crippling cost of living crisis.


People of hope

Published: 2nd August 2022

The focus of the Lambeth Conference is to discern the Holy Spirit’s directing in exploring what it means to be ‘God’s Church for God’s World’


West Midlands team returns Hands at Work to Africa

Published: 21st July 2022

On Saturday 23 July a team of people from churches in our diocese and other parts of the Midlands will be heading off to South Africa and Eswatini with the charity ‘Hands at Work, Africa’.


Hear the Word of the Lord: Matthew’s Gospel

Published: 19th July 2022

The summer holidays are coming! If you’re heading away, you might be thinking what books to enjoy on the sunny beach - or kill the time until the rainclouds pass. But there’s one blockbuster you can save for the autumn – and even have read aloud to you!


Knowing whose minister she is…

Published: 25th May 2022

In the month of the platinum jubilee, Bishop Matthew ponders power and service


People of the Way

Published: 1st May 2022

We are all called to demonstrate the extravagant love of God in acts of generous hospitality as we walk the journey of faith and life together.


Simeon and Anna

Published: 19th April 2022

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could say that of every one of our young people - that they were healthy, wise, and they knew God’s grace? The challenge for us as Church and Community is simply what part are we willing to play in helping that to be the case.


Overwhelming - the bad and the good

Published: 6th April 2022

I wonder what adjective you would choose to describe the experience of living through recent events? How about ‘overwhelming’?


Welcome Home

Published: 17th March 2022

Parishes all over the country are seeing new houses being built. There is a role for all churches to play in these new developments. Here are some simple ideas to consider.


Hope - from limping to 'springing eternal'?

Published: 9th March 2022

As the humanitarian catastrophe in Europe unfolds before our eyes, signs of hope for more vulnerable people are more important to our emotional survival than ever. So here's one you may not have spotted yet.


What is 'biblical'

Published: 1st March 2022

Hope and truth are our reference points says Bishop Michael as he battles to untwist an adjective in this month's Chad Blog.


A bit rich?

Published: 4th February 2022

Bishop Clive on levelling up and filling the hungry with good things


Prayers heard: joy abounds

Published: 18th November 2021

November is sometimes the month of the Church’s new year, as Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas day – this year that’s 28 November. It’s a time Dr Lindsey Hall finds always brings joy.


Time for TikTok?

Published: 5th November 2021

Revd David Sims on his venture into the world of pithy social media


Following Christ in the Footsteps of the Saints

Published: 4th November 2021

Join the St. Winefride’s Pilgrimage, a 70 mile journey from Holywell in Wales, to Shrewsbury between Easter and Pentecost next year. 


The Gospel with a kick

Published: 21st October 2021

Matthew Lefroy looks at how sport can be a vital tool of outreach among young people.


Three pictures making the bigger picture

Published: 20th October 2021

People affected by dementia live through unchosen challenges. Within our Diocese of Lichfield dementia-friendly churches network, we are focusing this autumn on three pictures that help us to see the bigger picture, noticing God’s presence as dementia progresses.


A world transformed

Published: 30th September 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.


Fragile – handle with care

Published: 31st August 2021

September's Chad Blog comes from the Bishop of Stafford


Working with the biggest corporation in the world – the church

Published: 26th August 2021

As August draws to a close and most return home from summer holidays, Revd Philip Swan brings out some souvenirs


Worship - at your local school

Published: 25th August 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...


Love actually

Published: 28th July 2021

Bishop Sarah's thoughts for August's Chad Blog


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…


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.


Struggling to be holy

Published: 24th May 2021

Bishop Sarah's thoughts for June's Chad Blog


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:


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