A church on a Bury St Edmunds estate - which paved the way for other community facilities in the area - is gearing up to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first service in its current building.
Christ Church Moreton Hall held its inaugural service at its £170,000 site, in Lawson Place, on December 24 1993 following a three year fund-raising campaign.
To celebrate the momentous year, a service will be held on Sunday January 19 at 10.30am with a special commemoration.
Church Minister the Reverend Jonathan Ford, who oversaw the building’s development, said it provided a ‘spiritual heart to the estate’ and gave a ‘greater emphasis’ to other facilities being built such as the community centre, in Symonds Road.
As well as church activities, it also hosts organisations such as speech therapists, a community choir and diabetes group and activities for school children.
As the Moreton Hall estate began being built in the early 1980s, the ecumenical Christian church held Sunday services at the small community centre hall in Heldhaw Road from 1985.
A £60,000 community hall was added to the west area of the church in 1998.