The Parish Church of St Faith, Great Crosby
St Faith’s was consecrated in 1900 from the benefaction of our founder, Douglas Horsfall. It stands in the liberal Anglo-Catholic tradition. We seek to maintain our tradition of weekday Eucharists and daily offices and to build on these both spiritually and pastorally.
Our large Grade II listed church building is well maintained and supports several community and civic initiatives. These include a well-established programme of free summer Saturday lunchtime recitals by a wide range of musicians, the Crosby Symphony Orchestra’s concerts, and our highly regarded free Christmas Tree Festival, showcasing local and national charities and welcoming the parish, schools and the wider local community. Local schools also visit us for services and concerts, we seek to strengthen and build on these connections, making use of our prominent and centrally situated landmark building.
We have a fine organ and four-part choir under our energetic musical director, maintaining the rich musical traditions of our distinctive style of worship.
Our well-maintained parish hall is adjacent to the church and is in constant use for church and community activities, including our uniformed organisations, regular parish lunches, community groups, children’s parties and receptions.
We are proud of our well-run and enthusiastic uniformed organisations, who provide a youth programme for the parish, and take leading roles in our Sunday church parades. Our newly established Teddy Bear Trail involved all groups of the congregation and is proving popular with our younger visitors.
We have always been very aware of those outside the church and parish who need our prayerful and practical help. We actively support Christian Aid through collections and events, likewise the Children’s Society, as well as two overseas charities, Medic Malawi and the Waterloo Partnership, Sierra Leone, the latter of which we were instrumental in setting up. Our Service Families Support Group, unique in the North West, meets monthly for worship, fellowship and to welcome visiting speakers, and has strong links with the local British Legion. We are also involved with community programmes through such organisations as Traidcraft, the Fairtrade movement and Mission groups.
Over past years, St Faith’s has embraced liturgical changes with dignity and grace – liturgy that has furthered our growth and spirituality. We recognize that to flourish we must continue that movement. We see these challenges as exciting prospects and commit ourselves to supporting mission and outreach both locally and further afield.
Inscription on the chancel wall of St Faith’s
THIS CHURCH OF SAINT FAITH IS DEDICATED TO THE GLORY OF GOD AS A THANKOFFERING FOR THE REVIVAL OF CATHOLIC FAITH AND DOCTRINE IN THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND DURING THE SIXTY YEARS REIGN OF HER MOST GRACIOUS MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA