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.”