St Faith's 2011 Christmas Tree

The day-by-day record of a fantastic festival week!

After months of preparation, the Tree Festival opened on Sunday, December 4th. The lights were actually switched on for the congregation at the 'Toy Service' which immediately preceded the public opening.

The packed-out Sung Eucharist was the occasion of the first Holy Communion of three children of our church, one of whom, Ethan,  is seen with his family in the front pew before the service.

The service was also attended by young people from our uniformed organisations, who took part in the liturgy. Then toys for disadvantaged children were brought up and stacked in the side chapels.

At 6.00 pm that same busy day the trees stood by as a special Advent Celebration service in words and music took the stage. Actor Andrew Lancel (once a police inspector in
The Bill and now a villain in
'Coronation  Street'
delivered readings, and a 'scratch' choir from local churches in the Waterloo and Seaforth ecumenical group provided excellent choral offerings.
We were once again joined by ordinands from the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield.

To read about what went into getting the Festival show on the road... click HERE


On Monday and Tuesday, December 5th and 6th
, the church was open to visitors from 12 noon to 5.00 pm,
although there was a lot of preparation before and tidying up after each session (switching the lights on and off to save the batteries, for example!)

Local school choirs came along and sang to us each lunch time: the first two being from Great Crosby R.C. and Merchant Taylors' Junior schools.
And throughout there was food to buy and consume or to take away...


Wednesday December 7th saw two Festival sessions. At lunchtime the senior choir from St Mary's College entertained us.
And in the evening, a carol service organised by St Faith's Services Family Support Group, which meets monthly to pray
for service personnel and their families, a military band lifted the spirits of a capacity congregation.
There was a retiring collection  for service charities, refreshments were served and many prayer candles were lit.


Thursday and Friday December 7th
and 8th parties from local primary schools continued to visit us - either to sing or just to look around.
Parties from Merchant Taylors'  Junior Girls, St John's C of E school and Waterloo Primary Schools filled the church with happy noise
Much use was made of the Prayer Tree - and the refreshment teams were kept busy!
On Friday the Festival stayed open until mid-evening, showing the glowing trees at their best.




December 10th was the final day of the festival.
We opened from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm and welcomed a steady stream of visitors.
Peak time was at noon, when the woodwind and string ensembles of the Liverpool Saturday morning Music School
(regular visits to our summer Saturday concerts) performed to a large and appreciative audience.

A large rabbit paid a visit to the children's colouring corner, and cameramen large and small recorded the days' events.
Finally it was time to put out the tree lights for the very last time...


Sunday December 11th
saw the winding-down processes.
Tree sponsors collected their trees, all the little lights were disentangled and laboriously tidied away,
and the church made clean and tidy for a week of school end-of-term and Christmas services.
It all seemed a bit flat at the end.... but at least the team will have a few days to do Christmas shopping and write those Christmas cards...!


Reports and photos: Chris Price

And finally...  extracts from the Visitors' Book
and prayers from the Prayer Tree

The build-up page and festival schedules
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