The Deniliquin St Paul’s Anglican Church congregation celebrated 40 years since the relocation of its centre of worship on Sunday.
The church was first formed in 1857 and was located near the Deniliquin pool. But after it was ravaged by fire, it was relocated to Cressy St in the 1870s.
However, this site became affected by age and damage, and the parish council decided to relocate to new premises on a larger area.
Fr Wayne Sheean explained the Cressy Street church was sold to council, and is now the Multi-Arts Centre.
‘‘In 1977 the new church was opened, with more of a focus on being a multi-purpose centre, instead of just a church.
‘‘This one was built with a church, play group, youth complex and church hall.’’
Fr Sheean, who has been at St Paul’s church in Deniliquin for three years, said the celebration was a significant milestone for both the church and the community.
‘‘The church is a vital part of Deniliquin — we’re always looking at how we can do mission work and help others,’’ Fr Sheean said.
‘‘We provide kitchen meals for people in need, pastoral care for the hospital, aged care, and a number of programs for the youth.
‘‘All of our volunteers are beautiful people. Without them, the church wouldn’t be what it is today,’’ he said.
‘‘We look forward to another 40 or more years.’’
The congregation celebrated with a special lunch after the service.