People are invited to join the Mayor of Sunderland Councillor Lynda Scanlan for her Civic Service this Sunday (22 July).
The service which begins at 10.45am will be led by the Mayor’s Chaplain, Reverend Kathryn Stephens, at the Mayor’s local church of St John’s in Ashbrooke Road.
Anyone who would like to join the Mayor and the Mayoral Consort, Mr Michael Horswill, at the annual Civic Service are invited to arrive at the church for 10.30am in time to be seated for the service.
Following the service a light buffet will be served in the church hall with parking available in nearby Ashbrooke School, Ashbrooke Road SR2 7JA.
Among those guests will be the Deputy Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear, Mr Umesh Patel ESQ, MBE, MP for Sunderland Central, Julie Elliott, Honorary Alderman for the City of Sunderland, Mr Mark Greenfield and council and civic leaders.
They will be joined by representatives from the Mayoral Charities which are Sunderland and County Durham Society for the Blind, Sunderland based charity ‘Hope Spring’ who work with vulnerable young people in the community. and the local NSPCC Childline Service.
Also joining the congregation will be the Hope Spring Choir who will be singing throughout the service.
The Mayor Cllr Lynda Scanlan said: “I am very proud with my Mayoral Consort to host this year’s Mayor’s Civic Service at St John’s Church, and we hope everyone will come along on Sunday morning to join us and enjoy this very special occasion.
“St John’s and churches across the city play a vital part in the life of our local community, and we are delighted to invite our guests to join the congregation.
“The civic service also gives us the opportunity to meet many of the people and organisations who contribute so much to the life of our city, and to ask people to help us to support their work.”
The Mayor added: ‘What will make Sunday even more special is the fact that it will be the last service of Reverend Kathryn Stephens before she leaves our city at the end of the month to move away to a new Parish.
“I attended Kathryn’s first service in Sunderland at St Cuthbert’s Methodist in Ryhope eleven years ago, and am proud to be present at her last service in Sunderland.
“As Mayor of Sunderland, and as a friend, I’d like to thank her on behalf of everyone in our city for more than a decade of selfless ministry in our community.”
The new Mayor’s Chaplain will be Pastor Ken Gott from one of the Mayoral Charities ‘Hope Spring’ who will also take part in the service on Sunday.