Sharing God’s gift of music is a primary way St. James’ Church seeks to enrich the lives of its people and the people of Louth. Building upon a long-standing tradition of excellence, we provide music opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.
There are three choirs that contribute regularly to the worship at St. James’ Church: Girls’ Choir, Boys’ Choir and the Adult Choir.
The choirs maintain the rich tradition of singing and leading the worship at the principle services of Sung Eucharist and Choral Evensong.
A Eucharistic Mass setting is usually sung. Many of these are intended to be sung by both congregation and choir. Occasionally, the chosen setting will be sung by the choir alone and is offered to God on behalf of the congregation. During this service a selection of hymns are sung each week by congregation and the choir. At the communion, the choir often offer an anthem.
Since the Protestant Reformation, the Anglican Church has offered a special service of Choral Evensong, which combines elements from both the monastic offices of Vespers and Compline. The great canticles and prayers from both services are present and also a psalm is sung to Anglican chant. The choir also present an anthem and the congregation are able to join in the singing of the hymns. Some of the finest choral works have been written for use in this service.