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Sunday's Streamed Service awaits you on our church YouTube channel.

It also has a BMS video on Covid vaccine distribution.

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Sunday's Gospel passage features one of the most quoted pieces of scripture in the whole of the Bible.

It also has a talk on 'Mothering Sunday'.

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After what seems like forever, the Church will reopen for live worship this Sunday (14th March) at 10-45am.  There will be no evening service at this stage.

The service will be shorter than normal, and we are maintaining our 2 metre social distancing.

As David is still not allowed to lead worship until 29th March for health reasons, the three services until then will be led by Anne Wilkinson with David preaching a recorded sermon.

David will resume live preaching after Palm Sunday.




We focus on our Missional activities today - especially Fairtrade, Samaritan's Purse and BMS. Worship has been uploaded onto the Church YouTube channel.  

We also have another of our Fairtrade videos, as we reach the end of Fairtrade fortnight, and our Sermon finds an angry Jesus in the Temple Courts!

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Our Streamed Communion service is uploaded onto the Church YouTube channel.  Look out your bread and wine (or juice) and join us to celebrate the Lord's Supper together.

We also have another of our Fairtrade videos, as we reach the midpoint of Fairtrade fortnight

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Our Streamed Worship service takes us back to the first book of the Bible.  Come and hear about the part of the rainbow!

We also have a video on Fairtrade to mark the start of Fairtrade fortnight.

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The Diaconate met on Zoom on Thursday Evening to discuss the re-opening plans.  If you remember, we set a provisional date of 21st February, as this was the first Sunday after the Government said they would update the Covid arrangements, which was initially set for the 15th of February.

Unfortunately, the Government have pushed the update back to the week commencing 22nd February.  The current Baptist Union advice, and that of the Government, is that churches should remain closed, and in Ilkley all denominations have followed this advice.

We have canvassed many members, and many are not happy attending until they have received their Covid Jabs.  Accordingly, we have decided that we will re-start live worship at the church on Sunday, 14th March, which is Mothering Sunday.  You may know that 'Mothering Sunday' was traditionally the day that people returned to their home (mother) church after having been away.  This seems highly appropriate, and a fitting way to mark our return!  Streamed worship will continue up to, and after, that date.  There is light at the end of the tunnel......




Also known (this year) as 'Valentines Day', our latest service takes you through the meaning of the transfiguration, and is now online.

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Our latest Streamed Worship Service is now online.

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Sunday, 31st January, 2021,  marks the 'BMS Day of Prayer.'  This is a major part of our Streamed Worship today.

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Look out your bread and wine and join us at the Lord's Table on our Streamed Communion service.

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Our Streamed Worship for Sunday, 17th January, 2021, features a recorded interview with Mark and Andrea, who are doctors and missionaries who work in Chad.

Please join us to find out more about their life of service, and we also have a reading and sermon based on John 1 : 43-51.

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Sadly, Tony Dutton passed away, peacefully, this evening at Airedale Hospital. Tony was a gentleman, and will be missed by all.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Olive and the family.







The church building may be closed for a month, but we still have our Streamed Worship. Join our Epiphany Service on our YouTube channel.






We have learned that Tony Dutton is seriously ill in Airedale Hospital. Olive is able to visit him, and has asked for the church to be made aware and for prayer.

Please could you pray for pain to cease, and for the Lord to take charge of their situation.







We had our Deacons Meeting on Zoom last night, and these were the factors considered.

1. David is unable to preach at 'live' services until he has received his vaccination, which the Government said should by by mid February.

2. The Baptist Union has issued guidance urging churches not to open for live worship at this time.

3. The Government have a Covid review date of 15th of February.

4. People are urged not to travel outside their own town/village.

As a result of this we have decided that the church will remain closed until SUNDAY, 21st FEBRUARY, and we shall reopen on that date if we are allowed to.  Streamed Service will continue on the church YouTube channel.

Likewise, the church will not be open for 'public' private prayer, but David will open up 'on demand' for your own private prayer in church, with prior booking.



Following yesterday's news of a Government Lockdown, the church has some major decisions to be made. Legally, we are allowed to open for worship, but we have to decide whether we should do. We have a need to consider, and balance, our wish to worship in church with the danger of infection by the new Covid strain.

This decision is further complicated by the fact that David, our Minister' is classed as 'Extremely Clinically Vulnerable' and will be unable to lead live services as per Government and Baptist Union guidelines.

The Deacon's will meet on Zoom on Thursday night to discuss where we go from here. Please feel free to email your views, so we can hear as many perspectives as possible.  Please check this site again on Friday to see if Sunday's Live Service at the church will be going ahead or not.  The Streamed Worship will continue regardless.



Sorry we weren't able to open on 3rd January, but probably a blessing in disguise, as the roads and pavements are like sheet ice in Kings Road!

We hope to be open on the 10th of January, but that depends on Covid restrictions and whether we are placed in tier 4 before then.  Please check back for news before attending.

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