THERE was a packed congregation as an unusually shaped church celebrated its 40th birthday.
Civic dignitaries were in the packed congregation at St John’s Church, Rhosnesni, on Sunday.
The service marked the 40th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone for the church on Borras Road.
The Bishop of St Asaph, the Rt Rev Gregory Cameron, took part in the service and told the congregation the church is unique in the Diocese in St Asaph as it is a round shape.
He said: “It is the only church that has such a dynamic feel, even though there are other modern churches in the Diocese.
“But what really matters about this church is not the unusual feature of the architecture, what really matters in this church is the quality of the congregation."
Dignitaries attending included Wrexham MP Ian Lucas and AM Lesley Griffiths, and the mayor and mayoress of Wrexham, Cllr I David Bithell and wife Virginia.
Also in attendance were many youngsters and former church members who had been present when the foundation stone was laid on July 1, 1973.
About 40 balloons were released as part of the celebrations, followed by lunch in the church hall.
The Rev Sarah Errington, vicar for the past three years, led the service.
She said: “It was a nice occasion and it gave us an opportunity to greet people from the local community. It was good to have the Bishop there and to celebrate. This was an anniversary people wanted to mark.”
The church was opened at Easter 1974. Previously congregation members attended services at the Mission Church on the corner of Dean Road and Rhosnesni Lane.