Set right in the heart of Dartmouth on the South Devon coast, Flavel Church is a Methodist URC Local Ecumenical Partnership. In September 2013 Karl and Deb Stone moved to the area to assist with the leadership of
the church after completing the IGNITE leadership course in Southampton
A major re-ordering of the worship space is taking place to facilitate a new café style layout for use throughout the week. This will open up many new opportunities for encounter with those who now use the building from the town’s community.
New life is springing up in many ways and In 2015-16 Flavel began its own IGNITE course and this has helped to kick-start a whole new chapter in the life of this growing community. A building that was once closed during the week is now a thriving centre of activities – here’s just some of them:
m:blaze (Women’s work) and Fusion (Men’s Work). Both combine friendship evangelism and relationship building, through events, activities and meals but also a place where men and women can explore their faith and share in worship and prayer.
Sparklers – This group is still going really well and we have a strong core of Mums/Dads and Carers who come along each week with their babies and toddlers.
Youth Genesis – Another exciting development has been the setting up of a Dartmouth branch of Youth Genesis which is already established and running great youth work in Torbay. One of our newer church members (Tim) heads up the youth work in Dartmouth and there is now a strong team of volunteers from Flavel and the Anglican Church. We are currently running two youth nights and we have Streetbase teams who particularly go out during the festivals in the town to meet and build relationships with the young people.
Music Festival – Flavel again played host to some musical events during this annual festival in May and also invited two local bands to perform.
How Great Thou Art has continued during school holidays. We invite local families and holidaymakers to come along for a craft day. It is very well received and communicates the Christian message through Art.