MEMBERS of the public are invited to learn about the history of a Tottington church as part of its 150th anniversary celebrations.

St John’s with Trinity Free Church, in Kirklees Street, will host a range of events over a four-day period to commemorate the church’s consecration in 1868.

A free exhibition will be held from 12pm-6.30pm next Thursday.

Visitors will be able to learn about the suicide of a former minister and see evidence of the church’s efforts to support troops during both World Wars.

Historical baptism, marriage and grave registers will also be on display, alongside the church’s original pews, a trowel used at the dedication of the building, the lineage of ministers and many photographs, some of people the church would welcome help in identifying.

On Friday, a conference will be held from 10.30am - 4.45pm, with lunch and guest speakers, before a celebration service, led by the Reverend Dr John Fenwick, will be held from 2pm on Saturday.

To finish the festivities, normal worship will take place at 10.30am on the Sunday, after which lunch will be provided.

A service of evening prayer will also be held at 6pm.