A CHURCH has opened in a former restaurant building in Ellesmere.
Leaders of Wem Baptist Church opened the new space beneath the Old Town Hall after their services grew in popularity with Ellesmere people.
The ‘Cellar Church’ was unveiled at an open day on March 22 and has been used for Sunday morning services since, attracting more than 30 members.
Elder of Wem Baptist Church, David Rowe said: “We have about a dozen people who come from Ellesmere. For the last few years we have had midweek meetings at people’s houses and we had one in Ellesmere.
“We first started thinking about having a church in Ellesmere around three years ago but we didn’t have the funds to make it happen.
“But we returned to it recently and everything started to fall into place.
“It is a much more informal setting which is happening in churches in some of the bigger towns but it is quite new to rural places like here,” he added.
Members of the congregation worked to furnish and decorate the area and put all the chairs in place.
Church leaders also have plans to convert the kitchen area, once used for the Cellar Restaurant, into a kitchen for general use.
Pastor Phil Wright added: “It is more relaxed, we start with coffee, end with coffee and it’s a more interactive environment.
“We are finding different folk are coming along and checking our services out and making new friendships,” he added.
Services start at 10am for three Sundays of the month and the first service of the month is held in Wem Town Hall.