Early festive cheer for hundreds of families at Bury St Edmunds church celebrations

Festive spirit in abundance at the annual Southgate's Got Christmas event at the Southgate Communuity Centre'The Southgate Church Open Book group tell the story of Christmas ANL-150912-085251009
Festive spirit in abundance at the annual Southgate's Got Christmas event at the Southgate Communuity Centre'The Southgate Church Open Book group tell the story of Christmas ANL-150912-085251009
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Christmas came early for hundreds of families in an annual festive celebration at a Bury St Edmunds church.

More than 300 people descended on Southgate Church for its Southgate’s Got Christmas event featuring music, drama and a wealth of creative activities.

Festive spirit in abundance at the annual Southgate's Got Christmas event at the Southgate Communuity Centre ANL-150912-085229009

Festive spirit in abundance at the annual Southgate's Got Christmas event at the Southgate Communuity Centre ANL-150912-085229009

Pupils from Southgate Pre-School, Hardwick Primary and Middle Schools as well as Southgate Church Puppet Team graced the stage with musical performances.

The church’s Open the Book storytelling group also enacted the Christmas story. There was a host of free craft activities such as the chance to make Christmas mobiles and ice biscuits; games and Father Christmas made an appearance.

Bob Jones, church secretary, said: “We’ve done it for about the last five years and one person told me ‘I always feel like it’s the start of Christmas with this event’.”

Alison Burgess,the church’s family and community worker, added: “It’s a great opportunity for our whole community to begin our celebrations together.”

Meanwhile, members of the congregation at the church, which is based at Southgate Community Centre, donated more than 50 toys at a toy service. They were presented to charity Ormiston Families for the familes of prisoners at Highpoint Prison.