West Craven Baptist Church

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

We are a Baptist Church working with others  from our centres in Barnoldswick, Earby and Salterforth. 

Barnoldswick BB18 5NZ

Earby BB18 6QS

Salterforth BB185TU

Welcome to the website for the West Craven Baptist Church.  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

 Thought for the Month

New beginnings

It seems rather strange for me, a Scot, to be saying that September has more of a ‘new year feel’ than January. I expect it comes from spending so many years in education. September is the month of new teachers, new classes, new schools, starting university and, for the teachers, new timetables, new students and new courses. It’s all very exciting and this year it is particularly exciting for three of our church families as Rebecca, Luke and Annie leave home for university.

It is also an exciting time for Julie as she embarks on the next phase of her life as a trainee minister. (NB: Special gathering to mark this on Saturday 23rd October)

Other things start up again after the summer break with leaders refreshed and ready to go… we hope!  We will also be getting into gear for our Christmas Shop and the Journey of the Magi. New ventures, new challenges.

We had hoped that September would see the legal start of our new united church and also the induction of Stephen as our new minister. God is making us wait for those things but we trust that they will come pass in His good time. We are making steps to ready ourselves by appointing the trustees who will lead us into the future. We continue to pray for Stephen and Liz as they too wait with hope and expectation.

So whether you are moving on, staying still, changing role, taking up or putting down, be assured of God’s love and faithfulness.  

As I write this I have a Seekers song running through my head:

‘To everything, turn, turn, turn,
There is a season, turn, turn, turn,
And a time for every purpose under heaven.’

This has led to a fair amount of disagreement in our house as Michael claims the Byrds did the better version. You may or may not want to join in that debate or you may prefer to simply read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.


Thanks to everyone who made a donation to our birthday collection for MacMillan, We were given £250 for this great cause. Margaret and Michael

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