Deniliquin Uniting Church celebrated its 40th anniversary on Sunday, with about 35 people marking the milestone with a special birthday cake and service.
Formed on June 22 in 1977, the church was started after the local Presbyterian and Methodist churches joined, according to treasurer Joy Mann.
‘‘At that time, there were no congregational churches in Deniliquin, but there were a few congregational members,’’ she said.
‘‘On June 22, the first service was held in what was then the Regent Theatre, and the television was linked up to the main service in Sydney.’’
The Uniting Church has since occupied its current site, on the corner of Edwardes and Poictiers St. Work was completed to extend the church hall about 12 years ago.
Revered Hawea Jackson has been with the Uniting Church for about five years.
‘‘Our church is an important place where people can come and worship and get to know God and Jesus Christ,’’ Rev Jackson said.
‘‘It’s a spiritually enriching place of comfort — it helps lead a person’s life on the right path.’’
The Deniliquin Uniting Church holds a weekly service every Sunday from 10am.