THE opening phase of a planned £1m overhaul and extension to Lindley Methodist Church has begun.
The initial refurbishment of the main church building will cost £275,000.
The roof will be repaired while the fixed pews are replaced by seats and the heating system is replaced.
The next phase entails repair work on the community rooms.
In future, it is hoped enough cash can be raised to connect the church building to nearby community rooms and create a grand entrance to both.
The Rev Rob Hilton said: "The last thing to do, but which will complete the vision, is to link the two buildings.
"They are two completely different buildings at a funny angle.
"They are like an odd couple. The buildings have a funny relationship."
He said it would be several years down the line before that scheme could be realised and was dependant on how much money could be raised.
"If we don't do some pretty extensive maintenance it will really start to deteriorate. This was a chance to get on with something more visionary and creative."
It has taken about four years to collect the cash for the first phase.
Much of the fund has come from generous donations.