A CONGREGATION gathered for a special thanksgiving service to mark the 50th anniversary of a church building in Feltham.
Around 100 worshippers joined in the celebrations at the Feltham Evangelical Church on Manor Lane where a service was led by pastor Philip Venables, on Saturday July 6.
Many had travelled from far to be part of the occasion which was followed by tea in the church hall and a chance to see a specially created display showing the history of the church.
The glorious sunshine last week was welcomed and a million miles from the miserable wet weather that dawned on the opening of the building in 1963.
Mr Venables said: "The church in different guises has been in Feltham for over 200 years and moved to its present location as a result of a road widening scheme in the early 1960's. Previously the church occupied premises on the High Street.
"The service was led by the present pastor, Philip Venables. The preacher for the occasion was Peter Mead, who is the grandson of Archie Mead who was pastor of the church 1963-73. Two of the hymns sung at the dedication in 1963 were sung again."
An open day was held on the Friday (5) for the community to drop in and view the display.
For regular services as well as activities for young and old visit www.felthamevangelicalchurch.org.uk