COVID-19 Action Plan for Louth St James
2nd update on 17th March 2020
These are current planned actions regarding the life of St James following the most up-to-date advice:
As outlined at services last weekend, we will do our best to maintain a basic rhythm of prayer and offer worship at a basic level. Given the current instruction, these will not be public acts of prayer and worship, but will be offered by clergy and ministers for and on behalf of the whole community. So that people can join in this rhythm of prayer in their own situation, the planned basic pattern is:
Morning Prayer at 9 15am daily, from Monday to Friday;
The Eucharist at 10am on Sundays and at 11am on Tuesdays;
Midday Prayer at 12 30pm on Saturdays;
Evening Prayer at 3pm daily, from Monday to Friday, and at 6pm on Sundays; and
Compline at 7 30pm daily, from Monday to Friday
Resources to enable people to join in these acts of worship in their own situation will be made available to collect from St James and distributed by e-mail.
Church as a place for prayer
We will do our best to continue to provide a safe haven for people to pray and come to reflect. So long as we are able we will maintain the planned hours for opening the church with vergers present. However, it is likely that the Coffee Shop will not be able to open.
In effect, this means that St James will be open for people to come and offer private prayer from 8 30am to 12noon every day of the week
Church opening for visitors
Our normal move to summer opening hours together with the full opening of the Coffee Shop and presence of Guides will be postponed until things are more settled. Along with this the planned pre-season meeting for volunteers is postponed.
Whilst maintaining a rhythm or prayer, continuing to offer a basic offering of worship and providing a safe space for prayer and reflection are essential aspects of our role as parish church to the local community, we need to suspend all social events where members of the church and community gather. Events such as the Lent Course, Study Courses, Craft groups etc will recommence when we are advised that this is possible.
At this time we need to care for each other, and especially look out for those who may be isolated or unable to access help or services. We are aware that we do not have the means to contact everyone who may need our care by ‘phone or in other ways, so ask for people’s help in alerting us to need and helping us respond appropriately.
If you are aware of someone who is in pastoral need could you take the following actions to let us know:
- e-mail email@example.com with details of the person concerned, their need and contact details; or
- pass a note of the person and their contact details to a member of the ministry team at a service;
- if this is not possible, then drop a written note into the Deanery Office;
- if this is still not possible contact the Deanery Office by ‘phone, leaving a message if there is no one available to answer immediately.
We are aware that as a small number of ministers covering a large area, we could be under some pressure should pastoral need increase so we ask for people’s understanding toward us as we try to respond to people’s various needs.
A notice outlining these changes will be displayed in the porch.
St. James’s has the tallest spire of any medieval parish church in the country. It is a magnificent 15th century building that is featured in Sir Simon Jenkin’s book, England’s 1000 Best Churches. Thousands of visitors are drawn the church every year because of its aura of spirituality and architectural beauty.
Easter to Christmas: Monday to Saturday 8:30am to 4pm
Christmas to Easter: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30am to 12noon and Saturday, 9am to 11:30am
Gift Shop, Café and Guides
Easter to end of October Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm
November to Christmas Monday to Saturday 11am to 3pm
Why not pop in for a cup of tea, pot of coffee or a lovely bit of cake? Under the beautiful vaulting beneath the spire is our Coffee Shop. Our children’s area is popular with young families – open most weekdays between Easter and Christmas.
Gift & Book Shop
A wide selection of books, gifts and cards for all occasions. A good selection of Fairtrade tea, coffee, biscuits is also stocked together with other fairly traded items such as bags, crosses.
The Tower is now open to the public again.
Their aim is to keep our beautiful church open for as long as possible to the many visitors who come to Louth throughout the year.
Photography is allowed, although a permit is required for commercial photography which can be obtained from the café.