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:

Wistfully longing for the old certainties of lockdown?

Published: 24th March 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.

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.

Disney, Joe and noticing

Published: 4th January 2021

Seeing the world and life through a very different lens

A view from the pew?

Published: 11th December 2020

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

The Coming

Published: 2nd December 2020

Bishop Michael’s Pastoral Letter for December 2020

The long and winding road

Published: 19th October 2020

Bishop Clive peaks in his Pastoral Letter for November 2020?

A glorious noise and all that’s jazz…

Published: 19th October 2020

Bishop-designate Matthew’s improvises in his Pastoral Letter for October 2020

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.

Treasured Possession

Published: 13th July 2020

Bishop Clive's pastoral letter for August 2020

I was glad…

Published: 9th July 2020

Bishop Michael’s pastoral letter for July 2020

Paperchains - pandemic, prison - profession

Published: 12th June 2020

The untold experience of pandemic Britain - and how you can bring it to light

Stay alert to God – love your neighbour – change the world

Published: 26th May 2020

Without a bishop in Stafford, this month's Pastoral Letter comes from the Archdeacon of Stoke-upon-Trent

Alternative (doorstep) Realities

Published: 28th April 2020

Glimpses of a parallel world

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