Mayor Counciller Lynda Scanlan held her Civic Service today.
Among her was Deputy Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear Mr Umesh Patel and Julie Elliott, Honorary Alderman for the City of Sunderland.
Guests included representatives from Sunderland and Durham Society for the Blind and Sunderland based charity ‘Hope Spring’.
The service was also followed by a light brunch in Ashbrooke School.
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.