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On Sunday, 22nd December, at 6-30pm we shall be celebrating our "Carols by Candlelight" at Ilkley Baptist Church.

This is always a popular event at the church, and we shall have the Carol words on our screen, so you don't have to try and sing from a hymn book in the candlelight!

Our service will take the form of a traditional "lessons and carols" service, where we have words from the Bible, followed by an appropriate carol.

Please come and join us if you can, and sing your favourites.  There is even a rumour of mince pies with your tea and coffee afterwards! 








On Sunday, 22nd December, at 10-45am, we have our Pantivity, a cross between a Pantomime and a Nativity. The panto element brings us a little laughter and joy, whilst the nativity element brings us hope and Joy! The service is Suitable for all ages.

The Pantivity will hopefully make us chuckle a bit, and reveal something very special about God – that he was prepared to be with us and live among us.    Come along and join us if you can!




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.







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.





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.





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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