St Peter's Church in Upper Gornal has closed its doors for the final time after more than 180 years of public worship, with the devoted churchgoers now moving into the hall next door for their services.
It was here where the community gathered on Sunday morning, where around 60 to 70 parishioners reflected on what the building had meant to them.
Reverend Catherine Mitchell, acting team rector who has been at the church for five and a half years, said: "We give thanks for the church building but we also want to move forwards.
"We look to see what God is doing in us as we move forward and continue to worship from the hall.
"There's sadness as well, after many years of ministry and witness in the church building, but we go from here with hope for the work of the church to continue here in the hall."
Canon Doug Chaplin from the Diocese of Worcester was the visiting preacher for the service, and said to the congregation: "I'm honoured to be with you for this very special occasion in the life of this community and congregation.
"One that comes, I'm sure, with a whole range of feelings and memories for many of you. I imagine that among us there will be those who are obviously sad that this is where things have come to.
"There will be those who are feeling incredibly grateful for all the things you have received in and through the activities that went on next door.
"And I'm sure there will be some of you who are feeling immensely relieved that the bottomless pit of money needed to repair the building is no longer going to be a burden on your shoulders, and that you will be able to use the money that so many of you give generously for the living mission and work of the church, to serve this community and its society.
"To spread the word of the church, support the food bank, the bereavement hub, engage with those who are suffering in our community, reach out with love - there's lots going on that people can join in with - and we want to be able to carry that message forwards.
"The building may be frozen, but the church goes on. The stones may come down, the living stones will be built up forever. We give thanks, yes, thanks tinged with sorrow, but thanks above all that God in Jesus Christ is still the same."