News Archive - September to October, 2016


The Wednesday Fellowship, and friends from other local churches, gathered at Ilkley Baptist Church on the 26th October, for one of our regular ecumenical meetings.

We heard Denise give a very interesting talk on the subject of Dame Cicely Saunders, and how she had been at the forefront, and infancy, of modern hospice provision.

It was a most enjoyable afternoon, and over 60 people joined in our worship in the sanctuary before enjoying a lovely afternoon tea in the lounge.

A retiring collection raised the sum of £255 for the Manorlands Hospice, which seemed entirely appropriate after the talk!



On Saturday, 22nd October the church basement saw Spicey Gill's pre-school replaced for the day with thousands (literally) of books for the annual Book Sale.

Bargains were plentiful as every reading taste was catered for, with the profits - a wonderful £927 - being donated to the Education for Life project in Kenya.

It was a most enjoyable day, and our thanks must go to Colin and Dorothy, and their hardworking team, for the effort that they put into making this event such a success.

You can read more about the mission work of Education for Life in our "Links" section on the tabs at the top of the page.



We have decided to try a new style of service for Ilkley Baptist Church, on the infrequent occasions when we have a 5th Sunday in the month.

The evening service on 30th October, 2016, will be our first Praise and Worship service, which will, funnily enough, focus on Praise and Worship!  There will be no sermon, instead we feature some contemporary songs and hyms, coupled with prayer, stories and testimony.

We hope that people will come along to try this new worship experience, and the service begins at 6-30pm, as usual.



On Saturday, 24th September, the church was packed full of friends supporting Mission work in Haiti.  Our annual fundraising Vintage Tea was held, and dozens of people attended to hear about the work and chat amongst friends, whilst enjoying cream cakes and tea and coffee served on finest crockery.

Those present were entertained by Gwen Hewitt, who played the piano throughout the tea.

The outcome is that £933 was raised on the day for the Mission work in Haiti, with a little bit more to be added through the sale of some produce after our church service the next day.  All in all, a very successful fund-raising initiative. Our thanks to all whom attended, and to everyone involved in planning and serving at this wonderful event.



Owen's daughter, Fiona, called in at the church to let us know the sad news that her father had passed away, peacefully, in his sleep.

Owen had attended Ilkley Baptist for several years in later life, before he moved to a nursing home outside Ilkley, that made further attendance impossible.

Gwen Hewitt, Heather Hutchins, Anne Wilkinson (who all remembered Owen fondly) and David, our minister,  all attended his Committal Service, which was held at Nab Wood Crematorium in Shipley at 2pm on Monday, 5th September.

We all heard a moving eulogy, and the choice of music was impecable - How Great Thou Art and Amazing Grace.

Our thoughts continue to be with Owen's family at this sad time.



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