On March 1972, six families gathered in a Lilburn home with the idea of starting a Christian church in the area, and this weekend that church -- -- will celebrate 40 years.
On the first Sunday, situated inside Berkmar High School, 22 families signed on as members. Since then, the church has welcomed more than 3,000 people to worship with them.
, there were will be activities, including an ice cream social, singing and a special dinner, to mark the special milestone.
"We accomplished the 40 years only with God's help," said Charlene Taylor, a founding member. "God had to have a hand at it for it succeed."
By 1977, Lilburn Christian Church moved into its first building, now the chapel and youth building, and today has a nearly seven-acre campus at 314 Arcado Road.
In addition, the church has branched out across Gwinnett County with four other congregations, including Hamilton Mill where Taylor attends.
For the Lilburn community, Taylor said the church has been especially important.
"I think many lives have been touched by the church being there," she said, "and those lives in turn have touched others lives, and you pass it on."
For more on the anniversary celebration check the here on Lilburn-Mountain Park Patch, or call the at 770-921-2993.