St John's Anglican Church is inviting the community to a special thanksgiving service on Sunday

CELEBRATION: Chris Yates, at St John's Anglican Church, Raymond Terrace. Picture: Stephen Wark

CELEBRATION: Chris Yates, at St John's Anglican Church, Raymond Terrace. Picture: Stephen Wark

ST JOHN'S Anglican Church in Raymond Terrace is inviting the community to a special thanksgiving service on Sunday.

The church, in Sturgeon Street, has invited emergency services, individuals and organisations that helped others in and around Raymond Terrace during and after last month's storms to the May 17 service.

It was now inviting the wider community who wished to say thanks to those people to attend the 10am service or to the morning tea about 11am.

"Everyone was affected by the storm in some way and this is an opportunity to give thanks for the wonderful community we have," Jennifer Buckingham from the church said.

Ms Buckingham said the service would acknowledge the hours and the fact many individuals had to leave their own families to help others during and after the storm.

She said it would celebrate the community coming together at a difficult time.

"We thought we would do something to acknowledge and give thanks for that."

Meanwhile, Simon Whorrod, unit controller of the Tomaree SES, was thanking the community for its help and support of volunteers during the storm.

"Not only are we appreciative of the support from the emergency services, I'd like to acknowledge the huge amount of support we've received from the community," Mr Whorrod said.

"We have received so many donations of delicious food from local businesses and residents as well as goods and services."

Mr Whorrod thanked Lions and Rotary for feeding volunteers and the SES units which assisted them including crews from Armidale, Tumut, Murrurundai, South Australia and the ACT.

He further thanked the Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW and tree specialists for their assistance.

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