New church entrance in Aldwick provides a modern welcome to its visitors

The Reverend Stuart Filby outside the new Aldwick Free Church extension.''C121586-1 Bog Nov22 Church  Photo Louise Adams
The Reverend Stuart Filby outside the new Aldwick Free Church extension.''C121586-1 Bog Nov22 Church Photo Louise Adams

Worshippers at an Aldwick church have celebrated its expansion.

About 80 people attended the opening of the new entrance to Aldwick Baptist Church on Gossamer Lane.

The £65,000 project was declared ready to use last Saturday by long-standing church members Vera Marley and Edna Kindleysides. Both are aged in their 90s.

The church’s vicar, the Rev Stuart Filby, said: “The extension gives us a more modern entrance to the church.

“It also gives us extra room, which will be a useful space, and extra toilets.”

The church was opened in May 1938. A further expansion of a hall took place in September 1953.

The 100-strong congregation in the 150-seat capacity church readily raised the money for the latest project of some 26sq m.

Its most eye-catching feature is an illuminated cross, about 12ft high and some 6ft wide, above the new entrance.

This is Mr Filby’s second time at the church after a brief spell two years ago.

“This is a church which is looking forward to new things,” he said. “We have a vision. We are looking to employ a youth family worker.

“People think this area is just full of older people but there are a lot of families with young children. The aim is to reach out to them.”