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News Archive - December 2016


Ilkley Baptist Church are looking for an Organist, who would be able to play at our Sunday Services. Our regular Organist, Pam, moved out of the area following her marriage earlier this year, and we have been 'filling in' whilst we search for a replacement.  Whilst grateful for the music skills of Sheila, Gwen and Jill, this has meant we have had to use the piano and taped music more, and we would like to seek a regular organist for our Church.

We are holding an Open Evening on TUESDAY, 29th NOVEMBER, 2016, between 6pm and 7pm, when anyone who might be interested can come along and try out our Church Organ with no audience and no commitment!



As in previous years we have been able to make up christmas shoeboxes to send out to children with very little.  Typical contents include toys, games, pencils and dolls.  For many, this might be the only present they receive.

Our total for this year was 37 completed shoeboxes.  These were filled through donations from members and friends, and we also raised £111 towards the transportation cost.

This year, our shoeboxes have been fitted with a barcode that will be scanned on arrival overseas.  This will mean in January we will know which country our shoeboxes were sent to.  Thanks to all those who supported this worthy cause.


We have a new display in the church lounge!

SGM Lifeworks (formerly Scripture Gift Mission) have, very kindly, supplied us with a free display pack for leaflets and brochures.  This now sits, deliberately, in the lounge, with a sign stating that the booklets and leaflets are free for sharing. Hopefully, this might encourage some attending events in the lounge to take and read.

Please take some of the booklets to browse over. There is a very interesting (different....) comic style version of the Christmas Story that is aimed at older children and young teenagers that may be of interest to some.  You can read more about SGM Lifeworks by clicking here.



It has arrived!

The church looked lovely this morning with the new church noticeboard in place and shining brightly!  Situated in the gravel, the evening spotlight should also catch the board to highlight our service times and events.

Our thanks go to Judith for the lettering (which was immensely fiddly!) and to Eric for getting the board into it's position.



It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the death of David Thomas, who passed away on Sunday, 30th October, 2016, following a short illness. 

David was a serving Deacon at Ilkley Baptist Church, and was well respected and loved for his wisdom and quiet nature.

There will be a memorial service at Ilkley Baptist Church at 2-15pm on Monday, 14th November, 2016.  THis follows the committal at Rawdon Crematorium, which is for family and close friends only. Everyone is welcome at the Church Service, to celebrate David's life.

Our thoughts are with his wife, Mu, and the family at this sad time.

"When I stand in glory, I will see His face; and there I'll serve my King, forever, in that holy place."



On Sunday, 30th October, Ilkley Baptist Church had their first ever "Praise Service", when 50 people, old and young, attended our evening worship.

Designed as an occasional service, to take place on the evening of the infrequent fifth Sunday in the month, the service featured modern praise songs and testimony, and left out the Sermon!

This turned out to be a wonderful ecumenical evening that was well supported by other churches in Ilkley.  Many songs were unknown to the congregation, but all were sung well, giving praise to the Lord, as was the intention!

The next "Praise Service" will be at 6-30pm on Sunday, 29th January, 2017, and (following interest from those in attendance) we may even have a live band!



Thank God for Diabetes!

The expression says it all!  Not a statement you hear uttered much!  However, our Minister's regular Diabetic blood test revealed an abnormality, and David was sent for a CT scan.  It turns out he has a small tumour on his right kidney.  It is totally curable, but David has to go into Airedale on 15th December, to have one kidney removed.  There will therefore be a few changes to our festive programme with regard to Preachers.

The likelihood is that David will be home well in time for Christmas, but not able to get about much. David would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and prayers and is sure everyone, himself included, will enjoy the variety his absence necessitates!