It was decided to remove the austere and forbidding oak doors and replace them with a glass portal, at the same time redecorating the entrance lobby to create a warm welcoming feel.
The North Yorkshire Coast Methodist Circuit coughed up £22,000. It was enough to upgrade the doors and make other improvements such as changing the lobby lighting, upgrading audio-
However, the council refused permission to remove the doors, which had to be left in place. They have been fixed in an open position behind the new glass doors.
The project took several months to complete and finishing touches have still to be applied.
Peter concludes: “We are not so naïve as to think this will rebuild our congregation overnight. When people come in they must find acceptance and welcome and that depends on us, and not the bricks and mortar of the building, but we have taken the first step in trying to reach out”.