Churches from across Louth welcome the community to ‘Carols for All’ in the Parish Church of St James
The Church of St James in Louth offers a warm welcome to the whole community as ‘Carols for All’, held there at 7 30pm on Tuesday 18th December, launches the town’s celebration of the festival of Christmas. Hosted on behalf of Churches Together in Louth and District, the service sees the Christmas story unfolded in traditional readings, with popular carols for all to sing alongside beautiful music sung by the church’s choir. As part of the service, the figures of Mary, Joseph and Jesus, will be blessed ready to be placed in their rightful place in the town’s crib on The Shambles in time for Christmas Day. For many in the town ‘Carols for All’ marks the start of their Christmas celebrations.
Christmas celebrations continue at St James’ on Christmas Eve, with the popular ‘Carols at the Crib’ service taking place in the church at 4pm. This service, particularly suitable for children and their families, sees a retelling of the Christmas story as we build the crib in the church – welcoming Jesus with appropriate animal friends and a selection of favourite carols and songs.
For many, the highlight of the Christmas celebrations is the traditional Midnight service, which starts at 11 30pm, and is followed by a Service for Christmas Morning at 10am on Christmas Day.
At all of these services we remember the original Christmas story amid traditional carols in the beautiful setting of Louth’s historic parish church – where this story has been told for centuries. All are welcome to come and join in, remember that ‘love came down at Christmas’, and reflect on what that means for us today.