The last service will take place at Solihull Methodist Church this Sunday before it undergoes a major refurbishment.
This will be the biggest change to the fabric of the building, on Blossomfield Road, since it was built in the 1930s.
There will be significant alterations made to the church entrance, and the oak pews will be removed.
Other improvements will include a new external canopy in front of the main entrance and a lighter lobby area, as well as improved toilet facilities and a tea room.
In the sanctuary, the pews will be removed to create a more ‘flexible worship space,’ allowing for the area to be used more frequently throughout the week.
New storage spaces will also be created and it is hoped that the work will be completed by the end of August.
Whilst the alterations are being completed, services will be held in the church hall.
Solihull Minister, Reverend Ken Howcroft, who is currently serving a year as the president of the Methodist Conference, said the improvements to the Solihull church were inspired by refurbishment work that took place every 25 years at another church he had visited.
“On my travels I went to celebrate the centenary of a particular church,” he said.
“From the outside it looked too new to be a hundred years old.
“When I looked at its history, it turned out that about every 25 years there had been major refurbishments of both the worship area and the other rooms. This was because that the needs of the congregation and the needs community in which it was placed kept changing.
“The church was first of all a community of people. The continuity was in their faithful worship and mission in changing circumstances.”