Shepparton’s brand new Uniting Church building was packed to the rafters at its official opening yesterday afternoon.
The huge $1.97million project began in 2010 and was revealed to the public at a special service from 4pm.
The service began with a musical performance from a selection of the church’s Congolese members who got the crowd smiling through song and dance.
Congregation and planning group chair Joan McRae said she was pleased to see how many people had come along and estimated there to be more than 300 people there.
Ms McRae said members from neighbouring Uniting Churches had travelled as long as one hour to attend the ceremony.
‘‘Thank you to our neighbours in Mooroopna who have taken over the kitchen for the day,’’ she said.
She also welcomed friends of other faiths who were attending as part of the Shepparton Interfaith Network.
‘‘I would also like to give a heartfelt thanks to those who had the vision of this facility and made it what it is today,’’ Ms McRae said.
The build began in April last year, where a new octagonal space linked the present church and hall under one roof, enabling a natural flow from worship, ministry and general life.
The Shepparton Uniting Church Op Shop is the last piece of the puzzle, set to be enlarged and refurbished this year.