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St. Edith’s 2nd Re-Opening

St. Edith’s will be re-opening after the second lockdown on Sunday 6th December 2020. Our church has been inspected and approved as Covid safe. Our first service will be Morning Worship at our usual time of 10.30am.

We will be commencing our new style service ‘Rise and Worship’ on the following Sunday at 10.30am.

On Christmas Day, do join us for Holy Communion at 10.30am with Rev Julie Oddy-Bates presiding. We are limited to numbers due to social distancing. Strict Covid Regulations will apply.

Winter 2020 Update

The Coronavirus Lockdown last March closed our church doors for the first time since the church was built and consecrated in the year 1380, indeed for the first time in over 800 years since church doors were locked.

We were however fortunate to be able to re-open for regular services in July, observing strict Covid 19 regulations and having been checked and certified as a Covid 19 Safe Church.

Since re-opening we have managed to hold Sunday services every week. Recently we held a Harvest Festival service at the end of October attended by a congregation of 14 where many food donations were presented. So many thanks to those who contributed so much, with the proceeds donated to the Louth Larder, whose services have been so much more in demand during the crisis.

Under government Covid 19 restrictions we have sadly not been able to open our Saturday shop and café. However, Freda over the summer months, has been able to set up her charity shop in her yard and adjacent to the churchyard enabling her to carry out her good work supporting the church and local charities. Many thanks to Freda.

After many weeks in trying to get permission to move the pews to make space for social distancing to enable our charity shop and café to re-open, which was  planned for this November, the second wave of Covid 19  and the sharp increase in infections, has forced us to postpone our re-opening until it is again safe to do so.

On a brighter note, after nearly 2 years of struggling to obtain permission, the re-decoration of our south aisle has now been completed and looks very bright and smart with all the green staining has gone. We have also received the first approval for the re-opening of the chancel door and soon we hope to be able to install a new oak door, our secondary means of exit in case of an emergency.

We have also received our first approval for the conservation of our 9 medieval oak carved angels. Their 7-year programmed journey will hopefully commence soon. The work will be carried out by The University of Lincoln with the angels finally be installed to their original nave positions in approximately 7-years.

          At the time of writing this editorial, we have now been required to again close our church doors due to the second wave of the pandemic. We were, however, fortunate to have held our first and only wedding this year, the announcement by the government was made on the evening of the lucky couples wedding day, and our last service for the foreseeable future was held the following day.

St. Edith’s church will be available for private prayer only, until restrictions are again lifted, and access for private prayer will be made available only on request by appointment and to follow strict Covid 19 guidelines. Arrangements can be made by contacting the Churchwarden, Peter Bates, telephone 01507 328917.

With Christmas fast approaching and the second lockdown now announced, our prayers are with you all at this most uncertain and difficult time.  

Keep well and keep safe. 

St. Edith’s

‘A Community Church moving forward

FOR YOU’

Autumn Update

Due to the lockdown and Covid-19 Regulations, our post Christmas report and updates were cancelled and are now much out of date. This lockdown closed our church doors for the first time in 800 years in the history of the Church of England, and indeed the first time in the entire 600+ years history St. Edith’s church.
However, despite the doors being closed its members have not been idle. We have been preparing in confidence for the reopening of our church albeit in an unusual way. The church has had to be thoroughly cleaned and sanitised which took a determined volunteer three weeks.
An unfortunate effect of the closure has been a dramatic fall in our income to almost zero which has meant that we have had to, temporarily, had to lay off our regular churchyard gardener. Again, we are so thankful to some other determined volunteers who have ensured that our churchyard has continued to look at its best for the many visitors.
The government restrictions have also meant that our Charity Shop and Saturday Coffee Mornings have had to be closed for the duration, but Freda has been able to continue her charity raising from her home. We are planning to reopen the church for the Charity Shop and Coffee Mornings as soon as possible, but as this will need to be subject to current Covid- 19 Guidelines and social distancing requirements, this may not be possible until our chancel and nave alterations are approved and carried out.
We have submitted all the plans and documentation to carry out these works, and we are awaiting approval from the diocese. At this moment in time the Diocesan Advisory Committee, who deal with these matters, are only working with urgent cases, so we are having to wait. Hopefully, approval will come later in the year.
We have however received permission to carry out the redecoration works to the South Aisle, which is the aisle furthest from the door, and most in need of redecorating. The order has been placed with the contractor and work should proceed early this Autumn.
We were sad to hear of Sal Childs passing in April this year. Her graveside service and burial was presided over by Rev Julie Oddy-Bates, and she was laid to rest with her late husband. The service was carried out under strict Covid-19 restrictions with only 10 members of her immediate family being able to be present, with social distancing. The family hope to have a full Memorial Service at St Edith’s once the restrictions have all been lifted, so that her friends and wider family can join them in giving thanks for her life.
St. Edith’s reopened for Private Prayer only on 22nd June. And on 12th July we were finally able to open for Public Worship beginning with our first Holy Communion service in nearly 4 months. Under strict social distancing and Covid- 19 regulations, the service was attended by a congregation of 14 communicants. Until further notice, there will be twice monthly Holy Communion services with 1 Morning Prayer and 1 Morning Worship, on the other Sundays, which will be lay led.
Please check the church notice board for any variations or alterations of services etc.
On a final note, St. Edith’s PCC would like to express their sincere and grateful thanks to all the volunteers who have given their time and commitment to help keep St. Edith’s looking at it’s best and functioning.
Thank you and God Bless.

St.Edith’s Closed Until Further Notice.

COVID-19 NOTICE

The Church continues to be alive and active, but St. Edith’s Church must close until further notice.

We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID-19. We must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives.

Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, this and all church buildings in the Church of England are now closed.

Our worship of God and our care for each other continue but cannot be done in this building.

Our website contains details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life. For more information please visit www.teamparishoflouth.org.uk or www.facebook/louthchurch


The Ministry Team serving this church can be contacted in an emergency by e-mailing louthparishpastoral@gmail.com, or telephoning                  07901 852198, 07500 965321 or 07734 871159,

or leaving a message on 01507 605803.


“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips.

ALL SERVICES SUSPENDED

Due to Coronavirus, all services are now suspended until further notice. However, St. Edith’s will remain open for as long as possible for Private Prayer and Worship. Please use the hand washing facilities available upon arriving and leaving the church.

Please keep safe and well and consider others when visiting St. Edith’s at this very difficult time.

We pray that the Lord be with you and your loved ones, and his Blessings be poured upon you. Amen.

JANUARY 2020 NEWS

St. Edith’s ‘A Community Church moving forward FOR YOU’  

Firstly, St. Edith’s PCC would like to inform you that our Sunday Service Time has changed. Our Sunday Service will now commence at 10.30am, NOT 11.15am, and we will welcome all new members to our congregation.

          Our Christmas Services went very well, with many attending our new Evening Carol Candlelit Service, where mulled wine and mince pies went down extremely well!! Of course, our always very popular Crib service, once again was very well attended. I would also like to add that the remainder of our mulled wine and mince pies was consumed rapidly after that service too (with treats for the children).  Both services were led by our retired resident priest, Reverend Julie.

We would like to thank all who attended and helped with our Christmas preparations to make this celebration such a success and an enjoyable time for all, young and old.

We are also most pleased that Freda has re-opened our shop and café after what seems to have been a long break. Since re-opening we are thrilled that so many visitors have attended, bringing and buying in support of many of Freda’s worthwhile and needy causes.

As regards our church building, plans and estimates are being sorted, and preparations are going well, with fundraising events being investigated. In addition, we are obtaining quotes and permissions to redecorate the unsightly south aisle, which will hopefully to be carried soon.

Do look out for our AFTERNOON TEAS & CAKES on 23rd May at Old Chapel House, to help raise funds for the Nave Alterations, also our 2nd SUMMER FUNDAY on 4th July. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing there.

2019 Harvest Service and Lunch

Our Harvest service was held at 11.15am on 6th October and presidedover by our retired Priest Revd Julie Oddy-Bates. The service was a joint service with the St. Edith’s and the Breakfast Church congregation, with their leader, Mr Mark Harrison leading the Prayers. We were also fortunate to have Mark’s wife, Margaret who played our organ to some very uplifting hymns.

After the service a two course lunch was held, consisting of various soups and rolls, accompanied by cheeses, celery and grapes finished off with several variations of sweets. We also held a raffle after lunch with some fantastic items donated; thank you for those.

Although the morning was very dark and wet, our service was most invigorating, and a good time was had by all. We had some new people attend for the first time and they were made most welcome.

We would like to thank everyone who supplied the food and prepared the tables. A special thanks to Freda, Christine and Margaret who kept the delicious food flowing, and of course did most of the tidying up.

We were generously given two large boxes of non-perishable food, and this was taken to The Louth Larder, for those who at this time face financial hardships.

A Very Warm Welcome To The Bishop of St. Davids.

It was a great privilege to welcome to The Right Reverend Dr Joanna Penberthy, The Bishop of St. Davids to St Edith’s Church on Saturday 21st September. Bishop Joanna presided at the Renewal of Marriage Vows Service for our retired Priest, Reverend Julie Oddy-Bates and Peter Bates, our new Churchwarden Elect.

Bishop Joanna arrives at St. Ediths

Julie and Pete wished to celebrate a very happy 10 years of marriage and their very happy new life here in Grimoldby, with their many new friends and old.

We were so fortunate, as the weather was sunny and very warm, just like it was on our wedding day 10 years ago, when Bishop Joanna was then Canon Reverend with her own parishes in rural Wales.

10 years ago Canon Reverend Joanna led the prayers and this time her husband, Reverend Adrian Legg, read the Apache Blessing.

Receiving Bishop Joanna’s Blessing

A reception was held afterwards at the happy couples home, a short distance from the church. Julie and Pete wish to thank everyone who attended the service and also those who gave so many lovely cards, best wishes and gifts.