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.”