Thieves smashed through doors, causing considerable damage, to steal just a few pounds in cash from a church.
The break-in took place at Chorley United Reformed Church, Hollinshead Street.
Rev Martin Whiffen said: “We are saddened that our church has been targeted in this way.
“We work hard to serve the community not only through our open kitchen and the new soup kitchen, but by hosting numerous community groups.”
Church property steward Brian Darbyshire said: “We didn’t lose much, as our church does not have any valuable property and money is never kept on site, but the 50+ Club run by Lisieux Hall had their session disrupted and you can’t put a price on that.”
The raiders struck between overnight on Friday and Saturday, January 23 and 24.
They smashed their way through three doors.
The historic church says it the latest of a number of local churches and businesses to be targeted in this way.
Chorley United Reformed Church was founded in 1792 and is now one of the largest URCs in the North West.
The congregation includes two talented choirs and a 12 strong puppet team.
In partnership with Chorley Help the Homeless, it currently provides a free meal each Thursday evening to anyone who wishes to attend.