A Somewhat Special Sunday
Sunday, June 29th, 2014 was
a busy day for the people of St Faith's.
There were happenings in the morning, the afternoon
and the early evening,
and the star of the show at two of them was our
about-to-be ex-Director of Music.
Daniel Rathbone is moving on to St Luke's Farnworth
(a ten-minute Sunday stroll from his home rather
than two train journeys!)
and, following the morning Sung Eucharist, he was
feted and thanked and given gifts and cards to mark
as well as posing with some of our choir.
The afternoon was an al fresco event. In Rick and
Rosie's garden, a goodly crowd partook of a splendid
The strawberries, tea and scones were augmented by
wine provided by her husband John
to mark his wife Mary's birthday that very day
Our hosts had spent a busy few hours the previous
day mopping up the church after an ill-timed
had poured into the church through the gaps left by
the theft of large quantities of lead from the
A couple of hours later, it was back to church for a
splendid choral evensong,
where our choir was joined by that of St Mary the
Virgin, Walton, whose Rector preached to us.
Daniel conducted the first public performance of his
newly-composed anthem 'Tu es Petrus'.
Following htis cathedral-style closing event, he
took a final bow before moving to pastures new.
Follow the links below to read his farewell and an
announcement about the roof!
Words and pictures: Chris Price
Daniel's farewell (on our
music home page)
Metal theft announcement and