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.”