On Sunday morning members of the regular congregation were joined by a number of visitors – including a group from Williamsburg Virginia whose visit reflected the long links between Louth and what are now the eastern states of the USA. At the service the Bishop of Grimsby preached a sermon that drew on the place of the church as being at the spiritual heart of the community and rededicated the spire as the crowning glory of a building that has been at the centre of Louth for many centuries. During the afternoon many visitors made their way into St James and the bells were rung – pealing out over the town’s Victorian Market.
Starting with events during the Easter period there is a full programme leading up to the Anniversary Weekend, on the 12th and 13th September, and continuing through the autumn. Working together with a wide range of partners and community groups who are associated with the building the church looks forward to welcoming from across the community to celebrate the history and life of a building that has been at the heart of louth for well over a thousand years.
The highlight of the celebrations will be 13 September when we are joined by visitors from Williamsburg USA who hosted some of us on our visit to them a few years ago to commemorate the 400th anniversary of John Smith’s settlement in Jamestown.
But there are activities and events throughout the year so keep checking this website!