THE St Saviour’s Anglican Church in Walmer will be celebrating its 80th birthday this year, with a host of events on Saturday, August 3.This church has been serving the greater community of Walmer and the adjacent township for the last eight decades and continues to provide a pivotal role for Christian mission, both locally and in the wider city of Port Elizabeth. The birthday celebration is also an opportunity to welcome the new rector, Reverend Sharon Nell, to the church. She is the first woman to be appointed rector at the parish. In the 1930s, Walmer was a growing suburb and the need arose for an Anglican Church to be built. In 1937, the present site on the corner of Villiers Road and First Avenue was purchased and the St Saviour’s Anglican Church hall was built soon after. It soon became apparent that the hall was too small, which led to the church being properly built in 1942. From these humble beginnings grew the parish of St Saviour’s that celebrates its 80th birthday this year. “As the parish of St Saviour’s we celebrate our past, we participate in the present and we anticipate God abundantly blessing the parish in the future,” the church said in a statement.Their 80th birthday celebration will start with a high tea involving approximately 150 guests from surrounding churches and the community. The Grey High sax quartet and well-known vocalist Angela Freer will be entertaining the guests. Ward councillor David Hayselden will also briefly address the guests. On Sunday, August 4, there will be a celebration service accompanied by the Eastern Province Children’s Choir and the Anglican Bishop of Port Elizabeth, Reverend Eddie Daniels.“We encourage folks to celebrate the service with us on this day,” the church said. For more information, contact the church office at 041 581 5118.