The parishioners were a little nonplussed when told of the move, but parish priest, the Rev Martin Henwood, managed to persuade them. "Jesus used to frequent inns, so I think I am following in good footsteps."
The change in location seems have been a success. The services in the room above the bar of the Wat Tyler, Dartford's oldest pub, can cater for a maximum of 40 people - so far every one has been full. Mr Henwood added: "A lot of people had their doubts about this whole scheme at first, but with the church under builders' materials and scaffolding I needed to find somewhere to go.
"The pub is not the most unlikely place to choose. It is often the focal point for a community so setting up the congregation there seemed quite natural. A lot of people ... are coming round to seeing it is a good thing.
"The only real drawback is the size of the congregations. I would like a lot more people to get inside, but the restrictions are really on the grounds of safety and of course space."Reuse content