Welcome to the website of Ilkley Baptist Church

  • Whether you are a member of our congregation, a visitor to the area, or someone who is just curious about what happens in the Church, you are all equally welcome!

    We are a small but, we believe, a very welcoming and friendly Church sited in the historic town of Ilkley, West Yorkshire.

    We meet to worship every Sunday at 10.45am, and most Sundays at 6-30pm,  when we are joined by members of other denominations, as only two churches in Ilkley have an evening service.  Communion is normally served at the second morning service of the month (and the fifth if there is one!) as well as on the fourth evening of the month.

    We also run a number of additional activities during the week. More information can be found in our Church Life section.

    The Church is fitted with an Induction loop system for those hard of hearing. We have wheelchair access via a ramp and we also have facilities for the less able.

    If you are in the area and looking for a place to worship, we would love to see you at our services or events.



    Please note that as from 8th August the latest Government changes require you to wear a facemask in Places of Worship, unless you are medically exempt.

    The Baptist Union has queried whether the use of scarves, face coverings or visors is acceptable, and the Government's response has been "No" - only Face Masks are permissable.

    Please note that David, our Minister, is exempt because of health issues, and will not be wearing a face mask in church. If you come to church for Prayer, he will stay more than 2 metres away from you at all times.

    The good news is that one of our members, Ann Holdsworth, has been making masks in support of local charities.  Ann says :-

    "Following the Government's directive that face coverings should be worn, I have been making face masks and have raised £200 which is being sent to Yorkshire Air Ambulance.  I have been charging £5 for the masks which are made of 3 layers of cotton fabric, including a pocket into which a tissue or kitchen paper can be inserted as an additional filter.  The masks have an enclosed wire to give a good fit on the nose.  The money raised from these masks will go to Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue at Grassington."

    If you would like to order one (or more) please let us know and we will pass your order onto Ann.



    Our latest service has now been uploaded onto YouTube.

    You can view our service on the Church YouTube channel, or by clicking the link below:







    The new restrictions apply to all in Bradford District, including us here in Ilkley.  The wording of last night's restrictions were very misleading, and it has since been clarified that some church activity can continue.

    We shall be consulting with the Diaconate on our way forward, but the church will remain closed until Monday in order for us to assess the situation. Please check back for updates.




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