As posted on the Liverpool Diocesan website and the weekly bulletin, with thanks to all concerned!ou go down to the woods today..
The unfolding tale of the Teddy Bears at St Faith's...
1 Joseph the Marine Engineer Bear
Keep an eye on this page as we upload information and, as they are created, pictures of the Teddy Bears of St Faith's.
To make a start, below is the text of an article in the June 2016 edition of our magazine 'Newslink' introducing the idea.
On the far wall you can glimpse the memorial brass to the
real Joseph Bell: heroic Chief Engineer of the Titanic and a
one-time worshipper at St Faith's. To read about him and the
story of the ill-fated ship, click HERE.
Have You Been Down to the Woods Today?
Well, in a few months time you won’t have to visit the local forests to meet a whole family of bears! You may have seen the first bear proudly sitting on a windowsill in church by the Titanic memorial brass. His name is Joseph and he has been named and dressed by the Men’s Group who originally came up with the idea.
Over the next few weeks I will be giving an identical bear to several groups and asking them to dress him or her appropriately to demonstrate the link between that group and St Faith's. Once dressed, the bear must be named and found a home somewhere in church, along with a small plaque explaining why that particular bear should be part of the St Faith's family. I’ve a list of over a dozen groups already, and if I’ve not spoken to you and your team soon then come and ask. I’ve lots of bears looking for a home!
Fr Dennis has agreed that the whole family of bears will be welcomed at our Patronal Festival in October. Once the Bear family are suitably installed, we will create a “Teddy Bear Trail” for visitors to follow and discover what the wider family of St Faith's get up to!
2 Corporal Jones Bear Reporting for Duty!
There is a new recruit to the Teddy Bear Trail. "Corporal Jones" has been "posted" to duty in the Chapel of the Cross. He is just awaiting his full movement order, the arrival of his Corporal’s stripes, medal ribbons and cap badge before he takes up his position near to the British Legion standard and guard duty by the Poppy Wreath.
There is no need to panic (Mr Mainwaring!) he will be there and all will be safe and calm!
To read more about our Services Family Support Group, sponsors of our bear, see our website pages:
3 Introducing Angie the Superbear
The third teddy to put in appearance is now installed in the children's play area near the font. Her role is to preside over our work with children in the past and in the years to come, and to celebrate all that Angie, together with her fellow teachers and helpers over the years, has done for our Children's Church. When dedicated at the 2016 Patronal Festival, along with the other bears, she was accompanied by an explanatory plaque. She has been created, decorated and clothed by Denis and Victoria.The website manager has successfully suggested that a label should be attached to her, saying 'Price' tag (!)
4 James the Churchwarden Bear
Good day to you all.
My name is James and I represent one of the first two Wardens of this splendid new church that Mr Horsfall has built here in Crosby.
People thought he was a bit odd wanting to found such a large church here in the middle of a field when there are only a few houses around, but he thinks that over the next few years things will change: he is anxious that what is known as the Oxford Movement will flourish and St Faith's will become an important part of the Crosby community.
I don’t know whether his “Faith” in the future will flourish, but then I suppose that it is up to me and you to make sure that it does!
Well, after over 100 years, I’m looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the St Faith’s Day service on 9th October this year when I will be returning to St Faith's along with many of my friends and other supporters of the church. Will you be there to welcome us “home” and find us somewhere to rest our weary (and rather furry) bodies?
See you in church I hope,
September 2nd, 2016
5 'Alice the Chalice'
Alice Bear represents the eucharistic ministers, whose job is to help administer the consecrated wine at our main Sunday service. She is holing the chalice in one paw, and a folded cloth for wiping it in the other.
September 26th, 2016