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. 

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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

West Craven Baptist Fellowship Celebration

on the occasion of the 200th Anniversary of Mount Zion, Earby


My dear friends at West Craven Baptist Fellowship, greetings from deepest Somerset! I’m sorry that I can’t be with you to enjoy this landmark celebration weekend of faith, fun and festivities, but I raise my metaphorical glass with you and send you my love and prayers. I will always be grateful for the six happy years we spent walkin’ the road together. Oh and by the way ‘Walkin’ The Road’ just happens to be the title of my long-awaited CD, available very soon – allegedly!! But enough of the shameless self-promotion…


Here’s the thing… back in the 1970s at a great place in Birmingham called ‘The Jesus Centre’, where I made a few appearances during my years as a travelling Gospel troubadour, there was a little guy who sometimes warmed the audience up and did the introductions. I think his name was Duggie – he stood all of about 4 feet tall in his platform boots and top hat. Like a certain biblical tax collector called Zacchaeus, Duggie was a very little man, and a very little man was he. He was also blessed with a fine sense of humour. If the same is true of Zacchaeus, I fear Luke sadly neglected to mention it. Anyway, I digress, the point is that Duggie’s opening line was always: “They told me to come on and be short!”


I’m sure there will be many words spoken this weekend, so I will follow Duggie’s example, and make it brief. (Ingrid will probably interject at this point: “Well you’ve already blown that!” But don’t listen to her. She can’t be trusted – she’s married to a Baptist Minister!)


So moving swiftly on… here is the thing: Mount Zion is in the spotlight today, but going forward you have chosen to walk together as the three Baptist churches of West Craven become one, so a Trinitarian blessing seems appropriate. And in true Blue Peter fashion, here’s one I prepared earlier:


May the holy imagination of God the Father be your inspiration;

May the passionate love of God the Son be your motivation;

May the fiery energy of God the Spirit propel you to your destination;

And may the Sacred Three bless your journeying, guarding and guiding each step you take, this day and every day, until we see as we are seen and know as we are known. Amen.



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