First service inside a new worship area of refurbished church

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THE first service is to be held in St Cuthbert’s Church, Copnor, since its £4.5m transformation.

The Anglican Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Rev Christopher Foster, will rededicate the church with a service on Saturday.

Hundreds of worshippers, community leaders and local residents will attend the service held to mark completion of the project.

Planning for the project – which has seen the original church building split into a GPs’ surgery, a four-storey community complex and a new worship area – started 12 years ago.

The vicar of St Cuthbert’s, the Rev David Power, said: ‘The redevelopment of St Cuthbert’s is not an end in itself, but it gives us resources to enable to worship, ministry and mission of God to happen more effectively in the midst of the local community, in partnership with many much-appreciated groups and organisations.’

There is still some work remaining to be done to the site which will begin when funds are available.