Archbishop of York to join church-goers for Forest Town church’s centenary celebrations

THE Archbishop of York is set to join church-goers for centenary celebrations at St Alban’s in Forest Town.

Dr John Sentamu, who is the country’s second’s most senior clergyman, will preach at a special 100th year service to be held at the church on Saturday.

St Alban’s vicar the Rev Philip Stead said he was honoured that the Archbishop had agreed to attend.

“I simply sent off a speculative letter and got the reply that yes, he was available - I was obviously delighted.

“As well as being one of the most senior members of the church, he is both clever and has his feet on the ground. I am sure there will be a lot for us to learn.

“It is very much a public sevice. There is no charge - anyone who wishes to is welcome to turn up.

“We are hoping there will be a very good response from the public.”

Mansfield Community Gospel Choir will be providing musical entertainment at the service, following the success of a recent concert for the church.

The event will also include a presentation about the church’s history by local experts.

Birthday celebrations for the church started in the summer and included special flower and history displays, and music concerts.

For more information, times and tickets contact Rev Stead on Mansfield 622177.