A £75,000 renovation began at Mill End Baptist Church last month, to replace the 60-year-old toilets and provide a new community shower.
The project started on February 15 and was partly funded by grants from HS2, All Churches Trust, Bernard Sunley Foundation, and The Hobson Charity.
The church also organised fundraising activities such as COVID mask-making and selling and a toilet sit-a-thon by minister Reverend James Findlow.
Associate Pastor Lindsey Macdonald said: “The church just loves to host the local community and by having decent loos and even a shower, we’ll be able to do that better. The bathrooms were very ready for some proverbial DIY SOS and we are very grateful to all the fundraisers who have enabled this!”
When there is no pandemic, the church hosts Sunday services, monthly community lunches, weekly groups for new mums, parents and toddlers and a social morning each week for the elderly known as Pastimes.
Lindsey added: “We also get involved in our community and welcome folk into our premises through helping people in debt, providing money management courses, running groups to support people with addictions and dependencies, provide pastoral and chaplaincy support and work with the local food bank.”
The Church hopes the new toilets and shower will be ready by Easter Sunday and are planning a special event to mark the completion and the re-launch when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
For more information visit millendbaptist.org.uk