Community church in Bury St Edmunds raises £3k for charity

Victor Jack, cllr Sarah Stamp, Bob Jones from Southgate Church and the Rev Peter Gibson
Victor Jack, cllr Sarah Stamp, Bob Jones from Southgate Church and the Rev Peter Gibson
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A church celebrating its 40th birthday has raised more than £3,000 for local charity Chaplain in the Workplace.

Southgate Church, described as a ‘driving force’ in bringing people together, staged a concert at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds last month.

Christian singer/songwriter Stuart Townend – a frequent guest on BBC Songs of Praise – performed a programme of his modern hymns sung in churches throughout the world, and some numbers from his new album.

Chaplain in the Workplace – which received a total of £3,068 from the concert – provides help and support to people at their place of work, including employees at West Suffolk College, Greene King, and shops in the arc.

Its chairman, Victor Jack, said: “We’re very grateful to Southgate Church for organising such a splendid evening and raising such a great amount of money for our vital work.”

The church, based in the community centre adjacent to Hardwick Shopping Precinct, was founded to support a growing community and now serves more than 4,500 people.

Its concert was the culmination of a year-long programme of activity which included a barn dance and an invitation dinner.

Church minister Peter Gibson said: “We’ve had a fantastic year and it has been a joy to celebrate 40 years of service with our local community.”

Cllr Sarah Stamp said: “This is exactly the sort of community spirit and partnership that makes the town so special and that I would like to see more of across the borough.”