A Dawlish church is on the move!

Father Mark Skelton from St Agatha’s and Dr Mark Jones from Dawlish Christian Fellowship at St Agatha’s Church

Dawlish Christian Fellowship (DCF) has moved out of its home of more than 20 years ahead of plans to build a new church community centre on the outskirts of the town.
And the lively multi-generational church has found a temporary new home thanks to the generosity of the town’s Roman Catholic community. From this Sunday (June 18) DCF will be holding weekly morning services at St Agatha’s Church, on Exeter Road.

From this Sunday (June 18) DCF will be holding weekly morning services at St Agatha’s Church, on Exeter Road.DCF has been a part of the Dawlish community since the 1940s. In recent years it has been based in a former infants’ school in Old Town

DCF has been a part of the Dawlish community since the 1940s. In recent years it has been based in a former infants’ school in Old Town Street, but has now sold those premises ahead of building work on a new church community centre on Redrow Homes’ Warren Grove site, close to Sainsbury’s supermarket.

In looking for a temporary home until their new building is ready, DCF has found a warm welcome at the local Catholic Church. Catholic priest Father Mark Skelton said: “St Agatha’s was an obvious solution to the situation for DCF. As a Catholic community we celebrate

Catholic priest Father Mark Skelton said: “St Agatha’s was an obvious solution to the situation for DCF. As a Catholic community, we celebrate mass on Saturday evening and so, as the church is not in use on Sunday mornings, it was a straightforward thing to do.”

“I cannot believe the Lord would be anything but thrilled to have committed Christians praising Him across the weekend in the Church. I am really pleased that DCF felt able to take up the invitation. Each church will retain its own identity and hold its own services whilst sharing the building,” he said.

DCF Church Leader Mark Jones said: “As an active member of Churches Together in Dawlish and District, and a significant partner in a number of local community partnerships, DCF is delighted to accept this kind offer from the Catholic community to share St Agatha’s Church whilst our new building is being constructed. It shows the depth of support that exists between the different denominations in Dawlish.”

The last service at Old Town Street was held on Sunday 11th June, and many were welcomed back one last time to remember the many seasonal services, weddings, holiday clubs, civic services and services of thanksgiving which have taken place there over the last 25 years.

Dawlish Christian Fellowship will be meeting every Sunday, from 10.30am at St Agatha’s, from Sunday 18th June and a warm welcome will continue to be extended to all.

For more information, please contact Dr Mark Jones, Church Leader, Dawlish Christian Fellowship, Email: markjones918@gmail.com Mobile phone: 07729998334.