We take part in a unique Churches Together in Kirkby Stephen. As a small church we feel it is a good way to reach the local community, especially at major events such as the Good Friday Walk of Witness and Remembrance Sunday Service, where over 300 people turn out. We take our turn in doing readings, praying and preaching the good news of Jesus. We find showing unity with our town in such a time of disunity in our country is helpful and in line with the message of Jesus.
- We hold Bible studies together at Advent and Lent.
- During the Week of Christian Unity we meet at 9am in each church for prayer and reflection, and on the Sunday hold an Agape meal together.
- During Holy week we meet in the same way, but on the Friday we hold a march of witness through the town and hold a service in the centre. The Silver Band providing the music.
- Women’s World Day Of Prayer is held in town each year.
- We take part in the Remembrance Service on November 11th.
- Every other Monday afternoon as a church we host Coffee Drop In, a Churches Together in Kirkby Stephen initiative to reach the lost over coffee and cake, playing games and sharing time together.
We are members not only of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, but also the Northern Baptist Association. We find this is helpful as the church as no employed staff the NBA, especially, helps and advises the deacons on financial and legal matters. The deacons can also take spiritual guidance from the Senior Minister, John Claydon and can be helped in evangelising by the Mission Enabler, Paul Revill.
John and Paul take annual meetings at the church and are in regular contact with the church deacons. We take part in prayer relays, where we take each Sunday of the year to pray for other member churches of the Northern Baptist Association. We also attend “Small Church Gatherings” where we are encouraged and challenged about the role of a small churches in society and the community as well as supported and guided.
We are also members of the Evangelical Alliance. We take our Statement of Belief of our church from their guidance and outlines. We are a Baptist church with an evangelistic heart and we find it helpful to have the backing of the EA as well as the BU and NBA.
We have designated our regular tithing for 2016/2017 to be given to the following organisations: