The Revd Gregor Cuff (Christ Church and St John's, Waterloo), Bishop Michael Sande and Area Dean Roger Driver ready for the off

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The Deanery Eucharist

Sunday, July 13th 2008 was a special day at Saint Faith's.

In the run-up to the forthcoming Lambeth Conference, the Bootle Deanery was playing host to one of the African Bishops making
the pilgrimage to this country.

Bishop Michael Sande, Bishop of Butere in the Anglican Province of Kenya, together with his wife Jessica, stayed in Crosby
and were centre stage at a grand Deanery Eucharist at St Faith's on the Sunday morning.

The churches of the Deanery were invited to attend, and they turned out in force. Well over 300 people attended the Sung Eucharist,
and most of them stayed on for a buffet lunch laid on by the ladies of the parish. The logistics of this local version of the
Feeding of the Five Thousand were aided by the lovely weather and the availability of the vicarage garden for those who wished
to relax over the fine food and wine.

The event was an unqualified success, and led to calls for future Deanery joint services. The people of St Faith's,
who were delighted to welcome the Bishop and the churches of the Deanery, look foward to being duly fed,
both spiritually and physically, should this take place...!  


Part of the line-up before the procession entered church

'Lift High the Cross' - Kevin Walsh, and server Sarah Evison

'Look this way please!'

The procession head up the central aisle through a crowded church

Preparing the Nave Altar: visiting Readers look on from the Sanctuary

All eyes on the Bishop: Michael Sande preaches from the pulpit

The Gospel procession in the midst of the congregation

The view from the pulpit: not an ordinary Sunday!

Story and pictures: Chris Price

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