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.

Churches Festival has a ring to it

Published: 16th September 2013

For those who have always wanted to have a go at bell ringing, a perfect opportunity is just around the corner. As part of the Festival of Churches taking place in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire over the weekend of the 14th and 15th September several churches are putting bells at the centre of their events.

Buildings speak as Festival of Churches launches

Published: 16th September 2013

The first ever Festival of Churches launches this week. The Festival will cross the three Counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcester and will include activities at more than 200 historic churches over the weekend of the 14th and 15th September.

Grace trumps Law as kitchen boy becomes youngest cleric in Church of England history

Published: 16th September 2013

He grew up in Kent. He spent a year in Devon, and another in north London. Here endeth the biography of Chris Hassell. Almost.

Shrewsbury Church shortlisted for EH award

Published: 6th August 2013

St Alkmunds Church is one of four remaining churches in 'Best Rescue or Repair of a Place of Worship' category

Poverty Pilgrims Pass Portals

Published: 19th July 2013

Last week a band of pilgrims traveled from General Synod to London to highlight the plight of those living in poverty, stopping in Stafford on the way.

Church stands with Mosque after Tipton bomb

Published: 15th July 2013

The Bishop of Wolverhampton, Rt Revd Clive Gregory was among faith and community leaders who issued a joint statement on Saturday.

Clergy in Good Standing to be honoured

Published: 10th July 2013

...with seats at Lichfield Cathedral The Bishop of Lichfield and Chapter of its Cathedral have announced seven new recipients of the title Prebendary.

Lichfield Diocese's reps reflect on General Synod

Published: 10th July 2013

The Church of England's General Synod met in York over the weekend, running through to Tuesday with full representation from this diocese.

Telford First is All Action

Published: 28th June 2013

Open Door Project gives children chance to explore

Bishop supports mosque bomb community

Published: 24th June 2013

In light of the explosive device found over the weekend at a mosque in Walsall, the Bishop of Wolverhampton has made the following comment:

Wolves Faith Leaders Encourage Prime Minister

Published: 7th June 2013

Nine Leaders representing Christians, Buddists, Hindus, Jews Muslims and Sikhs have together sent a letter to David Cameron supporting the government's decision to host a 'Hunger Summit' and place hunger on the G8 agenda this weekend.

Bishops in the House of Lords & the Marriage Bill

Published: 3rd June 2013

Over the past two weeks, the Bishop of Lichfield has had a huge amount of correspondence from those wanting to defend the traditional definition of marriage when the bill is voted on in the House of Lords tomorrow.

Act on that gut feeling if children may be at risk

Published: 22nd May 2013

The recent lifting of reporting restrictions on a series of trials for sexual abuse, child prostitution and trafficking in Telford have highlighted the vulnerability of young people in a number of ways for which church members, neighbours and schools shou

Sadness at sudden death of former Tamworth vicar

Published: 22nd May 2013

There is sadness in the Diocese of Lichfield as news of the sudden death of The Very Revd Keith Jukes, Dean of Ripon Cathedral at the age of 59.

Bishop's voice in the Queen's Speech debate

Published: 10th May 2013

Having been present for the State Opening of Parliament at which the Queen announced the government's plans for legislation, Bishop Jonathan concentrated on caring for the disadvantaged.

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