At the request of the Diocese of Liverpool, members of St Faith's congregation were asked to attend a meeting in church at 7.30 pm on Monday, 20th January, 2014. Present were the Bishop of Warrington, Bishop Stephen Lowe, the Diocesan Registrar and the Archdeacon of Liverpool, with some 95 church members.

The Registrar presented the findings of the Episcopal Visitation, reading the report of Bishop Lowe, following which Bishop Richard presented his decisions and proposals. 

The full text of the reports by Bishop Lowe and Canon Roger Driver, Area Dean, are contained in the document made available to those present at the Congregational Meeting. The text below contains the main features and proposals of Bishop Richard's pronouncement, which did not form part of the latter document.

Response to Visitation Report on St Faith’s Crosby by the Rt Revd Richard Blackburn, Bishop of Warrington, Congregational Meeting – Monday, 20 January 2014

Having read Bishop Stephen’ Lowe’s report, I have decided to extend the period of my Visitation for a further period of 18 months so that the issues Bishop Stephen has brought to my attention may be addressed – and, in some cases, rectified.

Damage has been caused by recent events in 2013 – and not least to Fr Simon Tibbs, who for his own sake, I have removed from St Faith’s because of what has happened to him. I have asked him to remain as Priest-in-charge of St Mary’s. I have appointed the Revd Sue Lucas to take over as full-time Priest-in-charge of St Faith’s on an interim basis for the next 18 months.

Sue will move into St Faith’s Vicarage as soon as possible – and she will start work on Sunday 25th February.

I have been very thankful that Fr Paul Nener has been so willing, at very short notice, to provide a ministry of pastoral oversight during the period of the original Visitation. Father Paul has now discharged his duty and he will be saying farewell next Sunday, 27th January. In the intervening period of four weeks, the Area Dean will assume responsibility for the provision of ministry.

The Churchwardens will meet the Bishop next Monday, 27th January, and have been asked to gauge the views of the congregation on the meeting and what has been put forward. Consequently, those who wish to have their response considered are invited to email the Churchwardens with their views in the next few days. Please email

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