BURSCOUGH Methodist Church has been given a grant towards the redevelopment of the church.
Thanks to the National Churches Trust, along with many other contributors, Burscough Methodist Church can go forward with its refurbishment plan.
The church was built in 1869 and since then there have been minor alterations to the building, but this development will be the biggest in 149 years.
Church steward Trevor Davis said they had reached around £280,000 in given or promised funds, and intend to raise another £30,000 for internal furnishing.
He said: "When we came up with the idea of developing this church, we asked people around to make a kind of wish list on what they would like to see or use. We are trying to provide as much as possible.
“We want to create a more modern church that fits with the needs of the 21st century.”
Church Minister Michael C. Tindsley added: "It has been seven years since we started making plans. There has been a tremendous amount of support from members of the church, the church treasury especially have been helping a lot. The community has also been involved in trying to help raise money.
"The redevelopment involves things like making a new entrance, new reception and lift access to the upstairs room for the disabled. There is a lot of steps at the moment, so the floors will also be lowered. It will mean that the church can be used for a lot more things. It will be more flexible, it will have an advantage for concerts and events.”
The final service in the church will take place on February 2. After that services will take place in the hall next to the Church.
The redevelopment is due to start in March and will hopefully be finished by the end of August.