Church to celebrate 900 years

A CHURCH in Birstall is celebrating its 900th anniversary this year.

St Peter’s Church will kick-start 12 months of celebrations this Sunday (June 30) with a special service at 10am led by Rt Rev Dr Jonathan Gibbs, before a barbecue lunch in the church grounds.

The first major event of the milestone year is a festival of flowers, taking place on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 at the church.

Throughout the year there will be various events including concerts, services, a murder mystery dinner and a party for the community, and residents are being urged to get involved.

Members of the congregation are also being challenged to carry out 900 acts of kindness, hand out 900 invitations and plant 900 crocus flowers in the grounds.

The vicar of Birstall, Rev Paul Knight, said: “We want our community to recognise that St Peter’s Church is a lively crowd of people determined not only to look backwards as we celebrate 900 years, but also that it is forward-looking.”

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