A bishop got more than he bargained for when he was asked to bless a new facility at a Truro church – the toilet.
St John’s Church in Lemon Street Truro has been fitted with a new disabled toilet, baby changing facilities and kitchen, making the place of worship more accessible for older and disabled people.
During a special service, the Right Reverend Christopher Goldsmith, Bishop of St Germans, blessed the new facilities and admitted he had never been called on to bless a toilet before.
The 1828 Grade II listed church had an existing kitchen and toilets on a lower ground floor, but stairs and poor access made it difficult for people to use or enjoy post-service refreshments.
Jeff Smith from the church said: “The bishop admitted he had never blessed a toilet before.
“He asked one of the children to hold the door open and another to flush the chain while he carried out the blessing.”
Mr Smith said the new facilities meant more people could now stay for coffee and a chat after service.
CAD Architects, also based on Lemon Street, carried out the work.
Mark Dawes, managing director, said: “The new facilities make the church much more inclusive, creating a space for social gatherings and refreshments.”