An Aberdeenshire community will gather today to celebrate the completion of their £2.3million church.
A special dedication service will be held at Westhill Community Church to formally mark the completion of the project.
The building, at Broadshade on the Old Skene Road, houses a 370-seat sanctuary, a cafe, a dedicated youth room, administration rooms and five meeting rooms.
The Episcopalian congregation attended their first service on Easter Sunday, but over the last few months the final finishing touches have been made to the sanctuary and cafe area.
Rev Ian Ferguson said the whole building was now being well used, with word of mouth bringing people to the cafe.
He said: “It’s been brilliant, it’s fantastic to see people coming in.
“The food at the cafe is great, and people are enjoying the view out to the countryside and Clachnaben. Word of mouth is getting round, it’s getting quite busy and the other church facilities are being well used by community groups.
“We’re all absolutely delighted.”
Plans for the project were first suggested about a decade ago, and thanks to the generosity of the congregation, whose donations were the only source of funding, building work began in January 2013.
Before the new building opened, the group worshipped at Ashdale Hall – which was shared with the Roman Catholic and Church of Scotland communities – but a steady rise in worshippers created a need for more space.
Mr Ferguson added: “It’s been a long time, we had a vision many years ago to build a community church here. We’re in now and really enjoying it.
“The community seems pleased with the facility, and we’re just thrilled.”
The dedication service will be held at 3pm today. The cafe is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-3pm.