On Palm Sunday, more than 300 people packed into St. Luke's Church, Crosby, for the first service in their newly refurbished building.
On Sunday April 1st (Palm Sunday), more than 300 people packed into St. Luke's Church, Crosby on Liverpool Road for the first service in their newly refurbished building.
Since October 2011, the congregation has been worshipping in the church hall whilst a more welcoming entrance with glass doors and better access for all has been created outside the church. Inside the gallery has been extended and a folding glass screen erected to create a gathering/refreshment area and a second toilet.
The PA and AV systems have been enhanced, a circular staged area at the front built, the font and war memorial boards have been re-sited and it is now carpeted throughout with comfortable flexible seating.
The pews have been re-used to make the heater casings around the walls, and the altar rails and the sound desk and the bricks from the pulpit have made a planter in the church grounds.
The Bishop of Warrington attended and spoke at the first service and was delighted with what he saw. Satterthwaites donated two cakes to celebrate its opening.
The congregation also re-enacted Jesus' entry to Jerusalem as they were led from the church hall to the church by Teddy from Halsall's Donkeys.
The Rev Canon Pete Spiers said: "It was a fantastic occasion on a gloriously sunny day. I was bowled over that so many people came and everyone I spoke to thought the new building was very attractive. St. Luke's has been in the heart of Crosby since 1853 and we have Crosby in our heart and everyone is welcome to come and see what we have done."