WORSHIPPERS are celebrating a return to their church following an eight-year absence.
Members of St Cuthbert’s Church in Copnor have returned to their worship space in the west end of the building following a £180,000 refurbishment.
The work, which was completed in time for the church’s Easter Sunday service, was part of a £4.5m revamp of the premises.
The church is now home to a doctor’s surgery, a pre-school, an education area used by Portsmouth College, a Sure Start centre, an area for elderly people’s luncheon clubs and a conference room.
Since work began in 2004 the congregation have had to meet in nearby Langstone Junior School and the church’s new conference room on the third floor.
The Anglican Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Rev Christopher Foster, will formally open the church on May 26.
Vicar of the church the Rev David Power said: ‘There was a real sense of celebration on Easter Sunday.
‘People were literally punching the air saying “yes, we’re in!”’