A NEW Shoreham church has received its official approval and recognition as a constituent congregation of the Free Church of England.
The ceremony was held on Sunday at The Church of St Francis, which meets weekly at Milward Court Day Centre, in Wilmot Road.
The bishop of the southern diocese, the Rt Rev Paul Hunt, gave his episcopal seal to legalise the status.
He also presented his episcopal licences to the Rev Gerald Kirsch, installing him as presbyter in charge of the church, and Mr Michael Blades, confirming him as a lay reader to serve in the church and parish.
Mr Kirsch said: “Sunday was a very important day in the life of a new church, established in October, 2012, in Shoreham.
“The service was followed by lunch in the hall, and then the congregation travelled by a Stratford Blue coach to Shoreham Old Fort, to watch the Passion Play organised by Shoreham Churches Together.
“A fitting end to a very full and exciting day.”