St. Mary's Church, Woodbridge
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A Civic Service to celebrate community life in the town of Woodbridge was held on the evening of Sunday, 1st. May in the Parish Church of St. Mary’s. Attended by local Mayors and representatives of various organisations, a full church congregation acknowledged the value of service to the community, and the responsibility carried by those who make decisions affecting our lives.

Led by the organ and choir, well known hymns were sung, including ‘Jerusalem’. Worship was led by the Assistant Priest at St. Mary’s, Revd. Dr. John Hare. The Mayor of Woodbridge, Councillor Martin Sylvester, read a passage from St. Luke’s Gospel and prayers were spoken by a representative of The Woodbridge Society, Woodbridge Community Hall Management Committee, The Rotary Club of Woodbridge, Just 42, Woodbridge Shufflers and the Woodbridge Town Centre Management Group.

In his address, the Rector of St. Mary’s, Revd. Canon Kevan McCormack, spoke of the past, which has made us into the people we are today; the present, and the need to both tell our story and to listen to that of others; and of potential for the future, recognising the significant contribution of others, as well as creating mutual support for the whole, and the smaller communities around us, for the benefit of all.

On this spring evening, the church looked amazing, with the sun shining through the glorious stained glass windows, and decorated with many arrangements of Easter lilies, the scarlet of the mayors’ robes added to the splendour of the scene which enhanced our pride in the town of Woodbridge.

Following the service, a reception was held in the Abbey School.