LINDLEY Methodist Church has re-opened its doors for worship after a £300,000 refurbishment.
Rev Rob Hilton, the church's minister, led a service in which the whole congregation entered the church to the strains of Parry's Coronation Anthem "I was glad when they said unto me let us go into the house of the Lord".
The congregation, numbering around 150, is back home after nine months worshipping in the church centre next door.
The remodelled church has had a new slate roof and heating system, while pews have been replaced with modern chairs.
The interior has been completely redecorated in a vibrant and refreshing colour scheme.
Other changes include the solid front door being replaced with glass.
A small prayer chapel has been created below floor level to allow disabled access.
The chancel of the church, originally designed by arts and crafts movement architect Edgar Wood who designed Lindley Clock Tower in 1900, has been cleaned and enhanced by a new lighting system.
Mr Hilton said: "We have been blessed with an imaginative architect and hard-working and co-operative contractors.
"Many of the church members have given many hours hard work, as well as money, to see this scheme through."
Church members spent all this weekend offering different styles of worship. Highlights included a Songs of Praise, kids' worship, and the church's newly developed worship, 1st @ 7, using modern music and computer technology.
A small room was available for quiet reflection, silence and personal prayer throughout the weekend.
Church members also filled a roster of 30-minute slots to make sure that prayer was offered night and day for the whole weekend.
The church is planning a flower festival and open house over the weekend of July 15-17.