It is with regret, that until further notice, our Thursday morning service has now been suspended.
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 passed away 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.
Summer Funday July 2019.
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.
The 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 entrants.
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.
Christmas is coming: Saturday December 15th will be our last Saturday Shop until January 19th, as we need all the space we have for our Christmas celebrations. At the Shop on the 15th, we shall be singing carols, chosen by anyone present that morning, while we decorate the tree. During the next few days, we shall clear the building, so that on the last day of term, the schoolchildren and staff can walk the short distance to Church for their end of term Christmas Service on Thursday 20th. There will be a Communion Service, of course, on Sunday 23rd, and a Crib Service at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, when all children present will be invited to help in retelling the Christmas story at the crib, and will receive little Christmas stockings before they leave, and there will be lots of opportunities for all of us to join in singing the well-known carols.
May God’s love bring you peace at Christmas and always.
When we wrote back in October, we were hoping to interview for a new Rector, but unhappily no-one has yet come forward. In late January, representatives from all seven churches will meet with our Rural Dean to discuss how best to move forward.
The Saturday Shop is taking a short holiday and will not take place on 20 and 27 October, to allow for weddings and stocktaking. All back to normal in November.
August and September have already passed, the days are getting shorter. It has been a busy time. The Saturday Shop has been flourishing more than ever: more people hearing of us from villages beyond our seven parishes and friends from Louth as well. The churchyard is looking more beautiful than I remember it in the last 20 years, partly as a result of employing a new gardener, and partly because of the work of volunteers and friends of St Edith’s.
Throughout this time we have had meetings and consultations as we continue to search for a new Rector. We have placed an advertisement online and hope to hold interviews on October 26th. I hope to share good news before too many more weeks have passed.