EASTER will be extra-special at a Morpeth church as it enjoys a new lease of community life.
St Mary’s Church in Kirkhill has been closed for almost six months for renovations.
Parishioners have been saving for seven years for the first phase of the £100,000 revamp, which included creating disabled access and adding a toilet, kitchen and community space.
And now the work is complete, just in time for Easter.
The Rev Tony Curtis said: “This work has made a huge difference to the church. Before the changes we didn’t have any toilet facilities or a kitchen and it was quite difficult for people who were disabled or had buggies to get into the church. Now it is much more welcoming.
“We were able to re-open for lovely celebrations for International Women’s Day and Mothering Sunday and we are really looking forward to Easter and using the church to its full potential.”
Renovations to the 12th-Century church are also helping impoverished communities across the globe after it joined a toilet-twinning scheme for its new facility. Worshippers raised enough funds to provide three toilets for communities in need — one for each of the churches in the parish.
And the fund-raising goes on to cover the second phase of St Mary’s project — new heating and lighting systems.
The first community event at the new-look church will be a coffee morning on Saturday, April 6.
And Mr Curtis has already organised the first exhibition, which looks at the women featured in the church’s stained glass windows.