Dozens of people came to the Wesley Hilltop House Saturday for a community picnic and to celebrate the community center’s 50th birthday.

Food and treats were served and for children, the center set up an inflatable bounce house and face painting.

Taylor Evans, Wesley Hilltop House pastor, said the community center was created by Memorial United Methodist Church to be a closer and convenient location for residents of the Glendale Hill neighborhood.

“I think the way this thing to started is that they would just knock on doors and ask people, ‘What do you need?’ And then they would go back to the church and say we have these needs and they would come up and meet them,” he said.

The Wesley Hilltop House at 1001 Skyline Drive in Elizabethtown serves a community dinner at 5 p.m. every Sunday and a senior citizen group that meets Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Evans said there is a possibility there could be after-school groups and a re­turn­ing youth camp in the future. Evans, citing an internal demographic study of the Glendale Hill neighborhood, said the majority of residents in the community range in age from 5 to 17.

“For us to truly be a community center for this neighborhood, then we need to reach our largest group,” he said.

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