Madeley Village

Author: Stephen

  • Vicar’s Letter June 2024

    In my April Vicar’s letter I had been reflecting on vocation – God’s calling. Two months later I’m still thinking about vocation, which really is no surprise given that at the end of June, my wife Clare will be ordained in Lichfield Cathedral. She will be serving the parishes of St. Giles’, Newcastle and St.…

  • Vicar’s Letter May 2024

    In May churches across the globe will be celebrating Ascension and Pentecost: two significant festivals in the church year but ones whose significance hasn’t really made it into wider public consciousness. We have Christmas trees and chocolate Easter Eggs, but we don’t have Ascension Day floating slippers or Pentecost flaming hats (probably for the best…

  • Vicar’s Letter Easter 2024

    In March I spent quite a bit of time thinking about ‘vocation’. My wife Clare had her forthcoming curacy confirmed, once ordained in the summer she will be curate at St. Giles’, Newcastle and St. Thomas’, Butterton. Also in March I saw the news in the Church Times that the Venerable Dr Barry Wilson (former…

  • Vicar’s Letter March 2024

    This month we are journeying through Lent towards Easter, that great Christian festival of pain and grief and ultimately delight and wonder and new life. You won’t be surprised to read that there are lots of different services and activities to aide you in your Lenten reflections as you journey towards Easter Sunday. I particularly…

  • Vicar’s Letter February 2024

    On Sunday the 10th of March Bishop Matthew, the Bishop of Stafford will be visiting All Saints’ Madeley to lead a service of confirmation. The service will be a special one, with time to celebrate some of what God is doing in the lives of people in our communities. And the idea of a ‘confirmation’…

  • Vicar’s Letter September 2023 and guest writers since: Christmas Letter 2023 from Rev Dot

    December 2023 “The Light Shines in the Darkness and the darkness has never put it out”  (1 John verse 5) Anyone who knows me, knows that I love a decent candle as a Christmas Gift –the long-slow burning type made with good wax and aromatherapy oils are my favourite, Anyone who knows me even better,…

  • Vicar’s Letter July 2023

    The summer approaches and for many it will be the time to fly off to exotic parts of the world. A time to lay down the busyness of work and to soak up the sun for a week or two. For others, the idea of summer brings with it the dread of having to think…

  • Vicar’s Letter June 2023

    May 2023 won’t be a month that is easily forgotten. Especially locally. We joined with the rest of the country in celebrating the Coronation, yet locally we also grieved with the family of Suzanne Henry after her tragic and sudden death. Our whole community was shocked by news of Suzanne’s death and our prayers remain…

  • Vicar’s Letter May 2023

    This year as we leave April behind and move into May we move from one ‘kingly’ celebration to another. April and the Easter season remind us that in terms of Christian theology – Jesus the king of heaven is the king we follow. In May we’ll be celebrating the coronation of King Charles III as…

  • Vicar’s Easter Letter, April 2023

    As April begins we step almost immediately into Holy Week and begin the journey through Jesus’ last week until we reach the AGONY of the cross, the SILENCE of the tomb and DELIGHT of the resurrection. To aide us through Holy Week and beyond, we have a number of services and events across the benefices…