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.
‘A Community Church
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is with great
sadness that St. Edith’s Parochial Church Council announce the deaths of their
2 Churchwardens. Mary Mundy stood down from her duties in April of this year
due to her worsening ill health. She had been suffering with cancer for many
years and after her determined fight, succumbed to her illness on the 1st
August. Mrs Janet McKee, our remaining Churchwarden suddenly passedaway on the 3rd August, after a short illness.
Mary retired to Manby
after her career working as a Licensee in the Public House Industry. Janet,
whose family were local farmers for many generations moved into her family
farmhouse after retiring from teaching music and English in local schools.
Mary and Janet had been
Churchwardens for over 20 years and Janet also played the Church organ for our
services, as well as St. Michael’s Church in Louth. They were both well known
throughout the Midmarsh and Louth Church families, where they were respected
for their long and faithful service to St. Edith’s Church and its community.
They were very close friends and have touched so many lives with God’s love that they will be so sadly missed by so many for many years to come. Two friends now together again in Gods care.
On Saturday 6th July St. Edith’s held their first Summer Funday. Despite the unsettled weather as we set up, it did remain dry and comfortable. Many volunteers, including members of St. Edith’s and the Grimoldby Methodist Society helped with the running of the individual games.
We had the privilege of the welcoming of the Louth Detachment of Lincolnshire Army Cadets Force, led by Captain Mick Webber, Detachment Commander for Louth. The Cadets have assisted in work to the Churchyard as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. On this Funday these young men did a magnificent job in organising, demonstrating and guiding the children on their assault course, and much fun was had by all.
games included Target Shot Football, Bomb Darts, an Aunt Sally stall, Horseshoe
Quoits, O’s and X’s, a Water Balloon game and many others. Our many visitors,
young and older, had a wonderful time with one of our favourite events,
‘Parachuting Teddies’. There were many intrepid
entrants for this event, some of them making the attempt more than once. These
brave teddies etc. daringly leapt from
the top of the church tower endeavouring to stay afloat for the longest time. The
winner at the end of the day was none other than ‘Buzz Lightyear’. I am also
pleased to say that there were no injuries sustained by these courageous
Another favourite was the Treasure Hunt
around the church and churchyard. The carefully set questions kept everyone’s
attention during their visit. The joint winners were Mrs Christine Grintalls
and Mrs Yvonne Smith- well done you two.
The Treasure Hunt questionnaires and the games score cards were available by the Prayer Tree stationed along the main path to the Church. Visitors were encouraged to write their own prayer requests onto paper leaves which were then tied to the tree. The Prayer Tree was then taken into Church and the prayers was included in the following Sunday morning service.
We would wish to thank all who helped with our very first Funday, and especially Freda and her team who provided such excellent refreshments to all, and we hope to see you all again next year.
Since our last blog report, we have had a very busy Lent and Easter with services on Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Good Friday and of Course Easter Sunday.
We have been most fortunate with the arrival in April of the Louth Detachment of Lincolnshire Army Cadets Force, led by Captain Mick Webber, Detachment Commander for Louth. The Cadets have assisted in work to the Churchyard as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. These young men have done a magnificent job in helping to clear the south churchyard and have worked extremely hard. We also had their company in continuing the work on the south churchyard again on the 4th May. It was a delight to have them with us and we give a hearty thank you for all their hard work. They are due to continue next month, when they hope to clean the Great War Memorial and to re-inscribe the names of those local men who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The Saturday Shop continues to thrive thanks to the hard work of Freda and her team, with also our first very successful fashion show of the year taken place. All are welcome to come along on Saturdays to enjoy a coffee and bacon roll/tea cake; you may even find a bargain to take home!
We are looking forward to our first organised Summer Funday, where we will be organising fun and games for everyone. The fun will begin at 11.30am and continue until everyone’s had enough. Entry and the games are free from charge and we again welcome the Army Cadets who will be setting up an assault coarse and assisting with the many games we have planned. Refreshments will be available at a reasonable price from Freda and her team.