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Kent congregation to meet in pub after church sale

by Sophie Drew

A congregation in Kent will be holding services in the local alehouse after selling their church.

St Faith’s Church in Maidstone will be trading the pulpit for the pub as they wait for their new community centre to be completed. 

After selling St Faith’s Church, and the adjoining vicarage, to The Lighthouse Church– a Pentecostal movement - parishioners will be meeting at The Flowerpot until the end of the year.

Despite the unconventional meeting place, the sale is actually an answer to prayer. 

Congregants raised £150,000 – not including the sale of the church – in order to find their new space, which will be able to accommodate

110 people, and boasts a café and garden area. 

Nigel Downes, a member of the Parochial Church Council, said: "After years of planning, we are looking forward to moving into our new community centre which is being built at Ringlestone. It should be completed by the end of this year,” KentOnline reports. 

He said: "After so much time and effort the sale has been achieved.

"It has been the wish of the congregation that the church should continue to be a place of Christian worship.

"We are therefore thrilled that the building will still be used for the work of the Lord and we pray the Lord’s blessing on Lighthouse Church as they take over."

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