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.

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  • ADVENT CALENDAR

    Not all Advent Calendars are expensive or inappropriate.  

    Fairtrade have launched their "Injustice Advent Calendar" which encourages you to give something small each day (no, not money!) for the greater good of others.  This could include signing petitions or sending short emails - all of which could benefit other people, or the world we live in.

    You can sign up to participate by visiting a page on Fairtrade's site, which you cvan access by clicking here.

     

     

    ADVENT WORSHIP

    The Christmas Tree is up, our Advent Banner flies, and our nativity scene is out!  If you look carefully, however, there is still one character missing from our manger! 

    Advent is a time when we await, and prepare for, the arrival of Jesus.

    We start our series of Advent messages on Sunday, 1st December, at 10-45am, and everyone is welcome to join us for our preparation.

    Also, on the 1st, there will be no evening service at the church.  Our evening service moves to Abbeyfield, where we join with the residents for their Christmas Communion Service at 5-30pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend this shorter (30 minute) service, which the residents so enjoy.  Please wait by the main entrance and we will let you in!  Parking is available at Abbeyfield.

     

    SHOEBOXES

    It's that time of year again; when we pack our shoeboxes to send off as part of the International "Operation Christmas Child".  This year we have sent off 40 shoeboxes, packed with Christmas Presents for children in countries where, in reality, this might be the only Christmas present they receive.

    We now wait in anticipation, as we do not find out till February which country they were delivered to.  In previous years our parcels have gone to former Soviet Block countries, and to the poorest places in Africa.

    Please keep this subject in your prayers, particularly for their safe arrival, and that they spread joy in the hearts of the children who receive them.

     

     

     

    FUNDRAISING

    In recent months we have had several fundraising and missional events.  We had a very successful Haiti Tea, which again raised a substantial amount for children in Haiti, and across the fragile border in the Dominican Republic.  

    This was then followed by the Annual Church Book Sale, which raised money for the "education for life" charity in Kenya.  This was the 25th year of our Book Sale, and £1200 was raised to help educate and feed hundreds of children in poor areas of Kenya.

    We thank everyone who was involved in the project, and to all the supporters who attended the event.  You can read more about these worthy charities on our links page.

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