CROWN POINT - Crown Point United Methodist Church can do more than lift spirits these days.
The house of worship has a new handicap chair lift to assist people in getting to services.
The lift is in addition to an existing handicap ramp.
"We have several members who use the ramp, but it can be difficult to navigate," explained Dave Hobbs, chairman of the church board of trustees.
Because of the church's proximity to the street, the ramp is quite steep, Hobbs noted.
"We looked at building a new ramp, but it would have required a couple of switchbacks," Hobbs said. "We decided the lift was the best way to go."
The lift was used for the first time at services March 29 and will be available for Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday services.
"The first two people to use the lift loved it," Hobbs said.
Installation of the lift by Easter had been a goal of church trustees, Hobbs said.
"We were hoping for Easter and we made it," he grinned.
The chair lift cost $3,700 and was funded by memorial donations.
"It seems like a lot of money, but if it helps people it's worth it," Hobbs said.
Volunteers will man the chair lift to assist parishioners before and after services.
Crown Point United Methodist church has about 35 parishioners, Hobbs said.
Services are held each Sunday at 9:30 p.m. Wilfred Meseck is the pastor.