Community driven Bury St Edmunds church celebrates 40th anniversary

Southgate Church in Bury St Edmunds celebrating it's 40th Birthday with a celebration dinner and Big Birthday Party where all ages from the local community enjoyed an afternoon of fun and entertainment.'Marking the event with a big birthday cake ANL-141015-111821009
Southgate Church in Bury St Edmunds celebrating it's 40th Birthday with a celebration dinner and Big Birthday Party where all ages from the local community enjoyed an afternoon of fun and entertainment.'Marking the event with a big birthday cake ANL-141015-111821009

Scores of people helped celebrate the 40th anniversary of a Bury St Edmunds church - hailed as a ‘driving force’ of the community - as they flocked to a weekend of activities.

Huge numbers descended on Southgate Church’s ‘Big Birthday Party’ on Sunday to enjoy stalls, games, a bouncy castle, balloon sculpture, face painting and a mini disco.

Meanwhile, 120 people attended a dinner on Saturday night for the community with Cllrs Patrick Chung, deputy mayor of St Edmundsbury, and Sarah Stamp.

She said: “Southgate is an excelllent example of a church being a driving force in bringing people together to build a stronger and safer community.”

In a show of its community spirit, members of the church also walked around the local area to give away small pots of flowers as a gift. A packed congregation enjoyed a church service with a difference with stories, juggling and conjuring around the theme of Light.

Throughout the weekend, there was also a display of gifts and talents including pictures, photography, craft, needlework and poems. Chris Duffett, founder of the Light Project, helped with the activities.

Peter Gibson, minister of Southgate Church, said: “It was so lovely to see so many people of all ages spending some time with us and having loads of fun.”