Thomas Howe Baxter

First Vicar of Saint Faith`s

Thomas Howe Baxter. First incumbent of Saint Faith`s who did much to establish the traditions of the church at a critical time when there was considerable antipathy towards the Anglo-Catholic movement. At a meeting some months before the opening of the church he offered his potential congregation three points which he intended to be keynotes of services at Saint Faith`s: reverence, heartiness of worship and thoroughly English. He wanted the ritual of his services to be “quite dignified”. Although he was a strong advocate of the Anglo-Catholic movement he understood that there were difficulties as Liverpool and the Merseyside area were then strongly “Protestant”. The modest ceremonial with which he commenced his incumbency remained throughout his period of office although he would have liked to have introduced further changes. He had, however, agreed not to make changes in the ceremonial of his services and in 1915 dec ded that he had done all that he could; a new “Priest in Charge” would not be bound by such agreements. Baxter arranged for an exchange of livings with the Reverend Harold Bentley Bentley-Smith and on 3rd October 1915 he conducted his final service at Saint Faith`s. He was a man of dignity and diplomacy who steered the church through a most difficult period; he died in 1926 and two windows in the South aisle are dedicated to his memory.

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