Tuesday, 29 December 2015


Chaos? Stress? Uncertainty? Confusion? 
Our chapel certainly does not look its best right now, having been flooded like so many other premises in the town, but we’re open for business.
If you want a time and place to sit quietly, to reflect, to pray or to be prayed for, just come in. We aim to be open between 12.00am – 2.00pm.
Open to people of all faiths or no faith
Email requests to:  prayers@hope-baptist.org.uk

Three heroines of Hebden Bridge help to get Hope Chapel open.

Flooded or not, from tomorrow, we will be providing a sanctuary space for everyone and anyone. 

Monday, 28 December 2015



A gang of volunteers gets to grips with the layer of mud and wet carpets in the community rooms.

It's heart-warming and moving to see such community spirit. We love this place and these people!


The clear-up starts. Who needs International Rescue when you've got Joan and Muriel?

Note the fine new floor covering in the Ebenezer Room, which seems sound. £6K-worth of pew cushions safely stored upstairs too.

Step-by-step!

Sunday, 27 December 2015





Dawn breaks on the 27th December 2015 at Hope Baptist Church - established 1777.

The flooding's worse than 2012, with over a foot of water throughout the ground floor, including the chapel.

The building is a mess, but we remain 'Christ Centred - Community Focused'.

Sunday, 20 December 2015



The chapel space may be closed ... but the church is a bunch of people and we're alive and well. Super candelit service this evening. Thank you music group and Allan for leading and an inspring message.

Sunday, 13 December 2015



Great effort everyone with the Christmas Fayre, which replaced the Christmas Tree festival at short notice. Sybil's clutching the few remaining knitted nativity figures - and is pleased to announce - for those who entered the competitions - that the price of hamper was valued at £47.26 and cake weighed 5lb 12 ozs

Friday, 4 December 2015



If you missed this lot at tonight's carols in the garden session - you can still hear them at the Candlelit Carol Service on Sunday 20th.

Next stop, X Factor!

Wednesday, 25 November 2015



Somewhat constrained and reduced by the lack of our chapel space - but we're still celebrating this important and meaningful time of year.

Do join us!

Thursday, 19 November 2015



Today's Hebden Bridge Times

We really ARE working hard to reopen when safe to do so. In the meantime, the show DOES go on - even if slightly changed. 

Sunday, 15 November 2015




.... but this event is still on! It will be more house party style in the rooms at the back, rather than pews on the chapel. 


We've been tackling problems with the recent repair work over the past few months, involving water coming down the walls behind the pulpit and a sagging truss resulting from failure to spot dry rot during timber testing. It's got a whole lot worse this week, with new plasterwork crashing to the floor!

You can imagine that we are shocked and frustrated that we now need to rearrange plans for our Christmas programme. The chapel space will be closed for the moment, although use of the community rooms in the back remains unaffected.

Bear with us - and pray with us if you feel able - as we work with architects, funders and specialists to plan a way forward. 

Saturday, 24 October 2015





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Sunday, 27 September 2015




Yes - it is that time of year.

Harvest at Hope today.

Celebrate the season!

Friday, 18 September 2015



Monday 21st September
International Day of Peace
Drop in between 3.00-6.00pm
- Use a prayer sheet
- Light a candle
- Make a peace pinwheel
- Just sit quietly and reflect

Sunday, 13 September 2015


An electrifying performance in front of 250 people last night from Guardian columnist Owen Jones, discussing 'The Politics of Hope'. And on day after Jeremy Corbyn's stunning victory: What timing!

Saturday, 12 September 2015




A super contribution from our heritage day - a blast from 1974. Thank you Eileen Crombie.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015



Now every Wednesday evening. An informal reflective service with short readings, music, prayers, candles and lots of silence.

The chapel will remain open afterwards for those wishing to spend more time in silent meditation.

September
2nd  'Joy'
9th   'Friendship'
16th 'Journeying'
23rd 'Hope'

Tuesday, 25 August 2015


A different view of the garden en route to checking problems on the roof and gable end - part of the next phase of repair works. 

Saturday, 25 July 2015



Members of our church congregation have many gifts - and this is one of Tim's. It's also a great example of what 'spiritual and emotional wellbeing' can look like.

For parents with kids who are starting to get bored with the summer break, this is a 'must'. 

Sunday, 12 July 2015



One of the break-out groups gets to grips with the challenges and opportunities for community action at 'Solutions to Austerity' yesterday. Watch out for the next meeting date - and a chance to get involved.  

Sunday, 28 June 2015



Strawberry teas move out after another successful afternoon of 'Open Gardens' - and 'Darkher' move in for band practice. Next weekend the place becomes an art exhibition for 'Open Studios'.  

Saturday, 27 June 2015



Brilliant weather for a super 'Open Gardens' event that tested our new benches under the trees. Eat you heart out 'Last of the Summer Wine'.

Saturday, 20 June 2015




Janet says: 'Whether you’re 55 or 95, it is never too late to take up yoga. You are only as old as you feel! Get the most out of your “golden years” – now that you finally have time to do something for yourself and your own physical and mental development.'

Sunday, 7 June 2015


The church worship group makes its debut this morning - with great success. Note Katie's wonderful strawberry guitar and, tucked away (bottom-right), Sid's 'Harry' ... the coolest dog in Hebden Bridge.

Sunday, 31 May 2015



Thank you Stuart Townend and friends for an amazing evening of music. A member thought is was 40 years since 250 people attended a worship event at Hope Chapel. 

Friday, 29 May 2015



In her younger days, Jean was a dab hand with a medium format camera. This is one of her glass slides from the 1950s of a Bible Society celebration event by the children from Hope Baptist. 

Monday, 18 May 2015


Hope Chapel - a great venue for a great Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival 2015



Saturday, 4 April 2015



Saturday 30th May at Hope Baptist Chapel

One of only a few performances in the UK by this internationally renown and outstanding songwriter:

- How deep the father's love for us
- In Christ alone my hope is found
- The power of the cross
- Who is there like you
- The Lord's my Shepherd
- There is a hope

www.stuarttownend.co.uk

Order tickets (£12):
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-stuart-townend-tickets-16237400502

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Have a look at 'Day 18'

http://www.baptist.org.uk/Groups/252920/40_Days_of.aspx

Friday, 27 March 2015

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

 

I hope no-one's bursting to use the loo.  If so, pop back around the beginning of May.

Sunday, 1 March 2015


Connie ... Hope Baptist Church member ... at 94 ... becomes a pin-up in the Hebden Bridge Times as a founder of a lunch club in the area.

What a star and what a great example of serving the needs of our local community.


Friday, 27 February 2015


We sent the poster off to the printers - then heard that the great man has just died.

Tomorrow (1st March) is the next 'Home Grown'. We are working our way through a series of recorded messages about the book of 'Romans' - and we discover about being faithful, passionate and useful.

No need to be a Bible scholar. All welcome.

Friday, 20 February 2015



This Sunday evening - for half an hour of reflections, prayers, music and silence.

This week's theme is 'Surrender'.

Everyone and anyone is welcome.

Saturday, 24 January 2015



If you missed yesterday's showing of 'The Cross' - no problem: Click here

But, I'm afraid you're out of luck about the pie 'n peas!

Monday, 19 January 2015



Mocktails at the Caribean Beach Bar on 'Blue Monday', just like in most old Baptist chapels .... NOT

Sunday, 11 January 2015



This week's Hebden Bridge Times

... and now including mini-make-over with the help of friends from Body Shop

Thursday, 1 January 2015



Resolutions for the New Year?

'Release Your Voice' is the first in a series of events booked for January. Also to follow:

'Blue Monday' - Beat the blues on 19th January 6.00-8.00pm

'The Cross' - Video message from Billy Graham (and pie+peas) 24th January 3.00-5.00pm