West Craven Baptist Fellowship

Our vision: - To reveal God's heart at the heart of the community.

We are a group of three churches working together as one from our centres in Barnoldswick, Earby and Salterforth. 

Barnoldswick BB18 5NZ

Earby BB18 6QS

Salterforth BB185TU

Welcome to the website for the West Craven Fellowship.  For us church is not just about Sunday, but flows out into the whole of life.  We aim to live out our faith in our homes, schools, work places - wherever we are.  Through the week we also offer a kaleidoscope of activities to bring people together and build community, such as coffee mornings, parent and toddler groups, home groups, Tuesday Club for children, social events and so on. See our 'Whats On' page

Happy New year! Well I know its February and probably most of the good intentions we had on the first of January have gone out the window but never the less we are at the start of a new year. A new year with new challenges for us all but instead of making resolutions and not sticking to them I want to suggest that you focus on what you need for the next year, what provisions will help you through? When you think about the most challenging times in your life, what are the most important things that have tided you over? The majority of these things probably take up little or no physical space, which make sense because Jesus always encouraged his disciples to travel light. In Mark 6:8-9, Jesus “charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics.” His point was to focus them, not to be impoverished, but to clear their vision of material things so that they can clearly see the most precious provisions of all: other people, and the presence of God in those people.

I can think of many things that have got me through difficult times and one of the most precious has been friends, their touch and the sound of their voices giving comfort, encouragement and wisdom. I also treasure those moments where I have been transported to a better place by beauty, a ring of truth in scripture and those soul stirring moments when something in a hymn or song has spoken to me.

So at the beginning of this new journey of 2019, as you put away your milk, eggs and bread, I ask you to contemplate this: who and what are the real provisions of your life? Think of them, and tuck them away in that special part of your heart that you reserve for precious things.

God Bless

Kathryn

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