Worship Services in February

 25th February at 10-30am WCBF Service at Salterforth led by Revd Duncan Johnstone


Worship Services in March

4th March at 10-30am  United Service at Barnoldswick led by Revd Peter Wightman

11th March at 10-30am  Communion Service at Mount Zion led by Revd Dr Stephen Heap

                                         Now Collective at BBC 4.00 pm. – 6.00 p.m.

18th March at 10-30am   United Service at Barnoldswick led by Revd Dr K.G. Jones

25th   March at 10-30am  WCBF Service at Salterforth led by Revd Richard Lewis and Special Church Meeting. See notes below.

 Activities in February

Tuesday 27th  February 7.00 p.m. Evening Prayer at Hazelhurst, Lockfield Drive

Wednesday 28th February at 2.00 p.m. Liaison Meeting with St Andrew’s  Barnoldswick Baptist Centre


Activities in March

Friday 2nd March at 2.00 p.m.    Women’s World Day of Prayer   Baptist Church Centre

                                                       Women’s World Day of Prayer at Mount Zion

Saturday 3rd March at 10.00pm-12.00     Fairtrade coffee morning Baptist Church Centre

Tuesday 13th March at 2.00pm  Home Group      Edith Sheldrick’s, Denton Street

Friday 16th March at 1pm            Search Team meeting     Baptist Church Centre

Sunday 18th March at 2pm-4pm - Songs of Praise with afternoon tea Earby Grammar School  (Earby Churches Together)

Tuesday 20th March at 7.30p.m. Home Group Connecting with our Community  Rob and Abi’s home.

Wednesday 21st March at 7.30p.m. Hope Barlick Working Group Meeting at Baptist Church Centre.

Thursday 22nd March at 12.30pm – 1.30pm Prayer Lunch Bobbin Mill Thornton Julie’s home.

Tuesday 27th March at 6.45 p.m. Evening Prayer at Hazelhurst Lockfield Drive.

                                   at 7-45pm Deacons’ Meeting at Baptist Church Centre.

Thursday 29th March at 6.15pm. Maundy Thursday - Communion Service at  Mount Zion.

Good Friday 30th March Hope Barlick walk of witness. Starting at Independent Methodist Church at 10am and proceeding to Town Square for 10-30am.

Friday 30th at 10.45am Good Friday - Stations of The Cross St. Patrick's Earby (Earby Churches Together).

Saturday 31st March at 8pm Easter Eve Vigil All Saints Earby (Earby Churches Together).

Lent meetings

Hope Barlick Lent Lunches from Tuesday 20th February to Tuesday 20th March 12 noon to 1pm at Holy Trinity Church. Followed by a short reflection.

Cash donations for the Unicef appeal for Yemen. Food donations will go to West Craven Foodbank.


Earby Churches Together Lent groups will begin on Tues 20th Feb at 7pm.at Mount Zion Refreshments served at 7pm before the session begins at 7.30pm  The theme for this year is “The Lords Supper


 Now Collective

We have now joined up St. Andrew's Messy Church and the Baptist Now Praise to form the Now Collective.  This will run on the second Sunday of every month at Barnoldswick Baptist Centre from 4-6pm.  All ages are welcome to attend 1, 2 or all 3 activities. 

Now Create 4.00-4.50pm Crafts and story for all the family. 

Now Eat 4.55-5.15pm Refreshments and chat. 

Now Praise 5.15-6.00pm Including contemporary worship band.  The next dates are Sunday 11th March, 8th April, 13th May, 10th June and 8th July.  If you would like to help with any of the activities please contact Alison.



The Pastoral Care Group would like to invite you to Come for informal Communion followed by Coffee, Cake and Chat

This will be a monthly event alternating between Mount Zion and Barnoldswick Church Centre. The first will be 19th April 2pm at Mount Zion then 17th May 2pm at Barnoldswick. Lifts will be available if needed. Feel free to speak to Christine, Trish, Jean, Vicky or Julie L. for more details.


Home Group:

The group which has met at Rob and Abi’s was led by Norman and so has had to think about its future.  At a recent meeting we decided we would like to concentrate on topics of social justice, especially those with local relevance. We hope this will allow us to focus on the part of our Vision statement which is about connecting with our local community. We may even come up with some ideas for the rest of the church to consider. If this is the sort of thing which interests you we would love you to join us. Talk to Rob, Abi, Keith Michael or Margaret if you want to know more, or just come to our next meeting on 20th March at 7-30pm.

Dates for the Diary

Fair Trade Coffee Morning Saturday 3rd March 

10am to 12 noon Baptist Church Centre


 21 March at 7-30pm Hope Barlick working group at Baptist Church Centre


The Pastoral Care Group would like to invite you to Come for informal Communion followed by Coffee, Cake and Chat.

This will be a monthly event alternating between Mount Zion and Barnoldswick Church Centre. The first will be 19th April 2pm at Mount Zion then 17th May 2pm at Barnoldswick. Lifts will be available if needed. Feel free to speak to Christine, Trish, Jean, Vicky or Julie L. for more details.


Dear Friends,



As winter turns tentatively towards spring the first of all the year’s flowers can be seen sending its sword like leaves and tiny bobbing white head towards the light. Even as the long, cold winter continues we are excited and cheered to see this brave little flower pushing up through the earth. We can learn a lot from the humble snowdrop. If we examine it closely, we see the delicate green-tinged petals and tiny yellow stamens, balancing on a slender stem, each flower unique and beautiful, just as we are unique in our appearances, talents and strengths. But as we all know, appearances can be deceptive. Do not dismiss the snowdrop’s strength and determination. Again, there are people like this; the quiet, strong, reliable people we can always depend on. We only need to look around our fellowship and we will see the ‘snowdrops’ there.

Then let’s consider the bigger picture. One snowdrop alone may be small, pale and insignificant, but a large number drifting across a winter landscape are a different matter. They instantly attract your attention, their bright beauty contrasting with the dark earth and bare trees and bushes. As a fellowship working as one, we also are noticed. Growing together we can be strong, and as we move ever closer to uniting as one church we can be a shining force who truly reveals God’s heart at the heart of the community.

Maybe you will look at snowdrops a little differently from now on!


Helen Edmondson 


Special Church Meeting

The church meeting will incorporate an ordinary church meeting (with items of annual business such as the appointment of charity trustees /deacons, the presentation of accounts etc.) and a ‘special church meeting’.

A special church meeting simply means that some resolutions have legal significance and members must have two weeks notice of them. There are two items of special business, both of which we have discussed before but which we now need to vote on. These are listed below. The full agenda for the meeting will be available on 18th March.


Item 1:

Deacons request the church meeting to approve the letting of the manse (14 Pickard Close, Barnoldswick) for a six month initial rental followed by monthly renewals.

Item 2

Deacons request the church meeting to approve ongoing investigative work on Amalgamation and becoming a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) as follows:

  • Authority to contact the Baptist Union of Great Britain (BUGB) and the Baptist Pension Scheme to notify them that we are considering amalgamation and becoming a CIO
  • Authority to contact BUGB and YBA approved solicitors to obtain estimated costs for acting for the Fellowship in relation to amalgamation and CIO
  • Authority to obtain valuations of all church and manse properties when required

All members of the congregation are welcome at this meeting and everyone present will be able to register their opinions on all items although the legal responsibility for decisions made in relation to the special items and the appointment of charity trustees remains with the membership.

Our worship and our deliberations and decisions will conclude with the celebration of communion.

This sounds like a lot for one morning, however we anticipate concluding by 1.00 p.m. at the very latest.

Do you ever wonder what other churches do?  Here are three opportunities to find out

Come and meet Roy!  

An invitation to everyone interested in or engaged in pioneering to meet with Roy Searle, who is the Baptist Union of Great Britain Northern Pioneer Co-ordinator
Roy writes:-
"The times they are a changin...so wrote Bob Dylan observing the changes in Western society in the 1960s. They could also describe the times in which we live, turbulent, challenging but opportune. 
Challenging times
"Being disciples of Jesus in a post-Christendom culture raises lots of challenging issues as well as posing several opportunities. It will take courage and faith to embrace the challenges we face. As the reality of the situation, with many ageing and declining churches is recognised and the size of the missional task dawns more clearly before us, it's obvious that continuing to do what we've always done will neither stem the tide of decline nor relate in an engaging way with a changing world. 
"With these realities and the challenges before us, by the grace of God, come opportunities; to rediscover, or discover and imagine how pioneering and other fresh missional initiatives can help to refresh, renew or reimagine how our faith is lived out and also help the church affirm or rediscover its missional DNA in God's loving purposes for his world. 
"As the Baptist Union's Northern Pioneer Co-ordinator, I would like to invite all those who are either interested or engaged in pioneering to meet up with me on                                                Thursday, March 22nd 7pm-9pm, Skipton Baptist Church, Otley Street, Skipton, BD23 1ET

The meeting will last no more than two hours and over a cup of coffee in a relaxed setting, Roy will share something of his heart and vision for the North.He will outline some of his findings and impressions, talk about the challenges and opportunities we face and importantly hear something of your stories so that in 'mapping' the missiological terrain, we can discern, encourage and share together.                                              "No booking needed -  just come along.

An invitation to join with us as we seek God at work in unexpected places

THE YBA Staff Team is delighted to announce details of the 2018 YBA Assembly, which will take place on Saturday, April 28th, at Wakefield Baptist Church,"

"We are pleased to be welcoming Ruth Rice as our keynote speaker. Ruth is the founder of Renew Wellbeing, which helps churches open spaces of welcome and inclusion in partnership with mental health teams to improve mental and emotional wellbeing.

"Ruth's background is in teaching and Baptist church ministry and she is passionate about seeing churches reduce isolation and increase wellbeing in every community. Renew is already at work in the YBA through St Thomas Philadelphia Church in Sheffield and Bentley Baptist Church, Doncaster

"The day, which runs from 9.30am to 3.30pm, will include shared worship, the Association AGM, and a choice of seminars where we can hear how God is at work through churches and faith groups.

"We look forward to seeing you on the 28th and hearing stories of how God is at work in unexpected places."                                                                                                                        If you would like to go to the YBA Assembly please let Margaret know so that we can book you a place.


Baptist Assembly 2018

 Saturday 12 May 10:30 - 18:30 KingsGate Conference Centre, Peterborough We are delighted to be bringing the Baptist Assembly back to the KingsGate Centre for 2018 and hope you and others from your church will join us as we gather for a day of worship and celebration.

Throughout the day there will be opportunities to celebrate together through worship and prayer, hear from different groups of the Baptist Family through a variety of seminars and workshops, as well as the opportunity to take time out to catch up with others over coffee. There will be a separate Children's and Young People's programme for all children in school years Reception to Year 9.  Interested…… talk to Margaret