Bratton Fleming 

(St Peter's Anglican-Methodist Church)

Bratton Fleming is the largest parish in the Mission Community, with a population of just over 1000.


In April 2004 St. Peters signed a Covenant with the Methodist Church in the village. Four months later the chapel closed, with the two congregations joining together for joint acts of worship at St. Peters every Sunday.


In 2000 St. Peter's and the Methodist Church in the village decided to hold regular joint services each month. The joint services began early in 2001, with both congregations coming together on the first Sunday of the month at St. Peters for a Family Service. On the third Sunday of each month the congregations again came together for Holy Communion at the Methodist Church. 


At the end of 2003, members of the Methodist Church made the momentous decision to close their church in 2004, and to join with the Anglicans in worshiping weekly at  St. Peters. The date chosen was 24 July, which coincided with the 150th anniversary of the building of the chapel and Methodist work and witness in Bratton Fleming. For some this was a very difficult decision, as the chapel had been their spiritual home for most, if not all, of their lives. The anniversary was understandably a time of mixed feelings, sadness over the loss of a building which had served the village for 150 years, and one of excitement of jointly moving forward into the 21st century with the Anglican Church.

On 1st April 2004 the events that had taken place during the previous three years were formalised as both Churches signed a Covenant to form a Local Ecumenical Partnership. Instead of signifying the intention of the two Churches to work together, the Covenant merely reflected what was already happening.  However, a big change was due to take place later in the year.


August 2004 saw the two congregations coming together each Sunday for worship. It was unanimously agreed that the service on the third Sunday in the month should continue as a ‘Methodist Service’ led by a Methodist minister, or local preacher.


Three years later the two Churches in Bratton Fleming officially came together to become St. Peter’s Anglican-Methodist Church, the first in Devon.

FACILITIES


Assistance Dogs Welcome

Baby Changing Facilities

Bell Ringing

Hearing Loop

Kitchen

Large Print Service Books

Meeting Room

Open during Daylight Hours

Pipe Organ

Sunday School

Toilets/Disabled Toilet

Wheelchair Access

SERVICES

The normal pattern of services are:


1st Sunday in the month 9:30am

Holy Communion - Common Worship


2nd Sunday  9:30am

All Age Worship


3rd Sunday  9:30am

Holy Communion - Methodist Service Book


4th Sunday  9:30am

Morning Worship - Common Worship


5th Sunday  11:00am

United service in one of the churches in the Mission Community


Services are followed by refreshments 

served in the Wesley Suite

St Peter's supports the

HOW IT WORKS

Non-perishable food is donated by the public.
Volunteers at the foodbank sort and pack food into emergency food boxes.
Frontline care professionals such as doctors and social workers give foodbank vouchers to people in crisis.
Foodbank vouchers are exchanged for 3 days of food at the foodbank.
Foodbanks take time to listen and signpost clients to further support.


Donated items can be left in the box inside the church door at any time, or at the village shop.


northerndevon.foodbank.org.uk