Euxton Parish Church building reopened recently following extensive renovations to the roof.
The building has been closed for nine months whilst the works took place and returning was a landmark day, not just for the church family but for the whole community of Euxton.
A total of £294,500 has been raised so far with another £35,500 left to find.
The day included a Celebration Service led by the Bishop of Blackburn, Rt Rev Julian Henderson (his final visit to Euxton before his retirement); a picnic; a tree planting ceremony with the Bishop and a community open afternoon. Substantial water ingress in the Grade 2* building, led to the building being closed for renovation works.
It has had an impact on the local community whose funerals, baptisms and weddings have had to take place elsewhere.
Since September 2021, the thriving congregation has continued to meet in the Church Community Centre.
Rev Jo Smith, said: “It is a lot of money to spend on a building but Euxton Parish Church has been a place of worship in the village for over 700 years.
"The church will now continue to be a significant and important part of the community for many more years; as a place of celebration, remembrance and thanksgiving for all that God has done and is doing."