South Craven Baptist Church

Holme Lane Sutton-in-Craven BD20 7LL
01535 523977

Important Notice - Coronavirus

Rob Harris Interim Minister writes - Following recent advice from the Government, the Baptist Union and the Yorkshire Baptist Association we have suspended all our Church Services and gatherings including Boys' and Girls’ Brigades and Young Church for the time being and will recommence them when the Government tell us that it is safe to do so.

Right now we are working out how we can best stay in touch as a church community via our website and facebook, where we will post our Sunday Morning Service and how we can best utilise social media, what's app, email, text, telephone and when possible good old fashioned pen and paper and the printed word! If you have any great ideas feel free to email me at

If you have any questions or are facing any problems please don't hesitate to contact me by email, I will be working from home for the foreseeable future, following the Government advice we have been given.

Can I also mention that the following CDFC events have been cancelled, Rewind Easter, the Lent Study Course, Good Friday Witness and Praise in the Park.

Morning Worship including Holy Communion 25th October 2020

Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, we are doing church differently for a little while as we will not be able to meet together on Sunday mornings, please join us for worship as you watch this video. Our thanks go to all those who have helped to make this video possible.

A time to give and a time to receive

Hello I’m Emma, I’m married to Dave and we have two girls, Libby, 15 and Erin, 11. We have been attending South Craven Baptist for the past couple of years where I have enjoyed being part of the worship team and Dave has been leading the young people’s group.

I am a qualified adult psychotherapist working in both NHS and private practice. I have over 17 years experience working with children, young people, adults, families and couples who have experienced difficulties impacting on their relationships or emotional wellbeing.

I have been unable to work properly due to a chronic and debilitating health condition. As my condition has gradually stabilised over recent weeks I have been able to return to my NHS role part time.

Over this past year, the support and love I have received from church family has been of immense value and I have felt blessed to be a part of this loving church.

In the current situation I would like to give something back by offering free therapeutic support to anyone in the local church family who might be struggling over the next few weeks/months. What we are all having to face may well impact on everyone’s emotional health to some degree. People are facing huge amounts of fear, uncertainty and loss as well as a significant change in the way we are able to live our lives and stay connected to each other.

Every Monday during April/May I will be available for people to book a phone/video slot with me if they are struggling for whatever reason. The sessions will be free of charge and will be completely confidential. If you would like to book a slot then please email me and we can sort out a date and time.

You may be a parent struggling with the stress of homeschooling or be worried about your child’s anxiety or you may be classed as vulnerable and self isolating, struggling with loneliness or fear. Whatever the reason, it might really help to speak to a professional in confidence and get some support.

Sending love to you all at this time,

Emma x

My email address is:

Welcome to South Craven Baptist Church

We are a church with a heart to serve the local communities of Sutton, Glusburn, and Crosshills.

Our mission is to reach out to people with God's love, and make a difference in the lives of ordinary people.

We hope that our times of worship will allow people to draw closer to God and to one another.

We endeavour through all we are doing to make a difference in our community.

A difference that will change the lives of people young and old alike. Over many years we have worked from a conviction that people matter to God and as a consequence they matter to us.

Meet our Team

Rob Harris - Interim Minister

Rob Harris has been acting as our Interim Minister for the last six years as we journey through a time of transition.

Rob has been a Baptist Minister for the past 44 years and has had pastorates in Coventry, Bilston, Hereford and most recently Skipton.

He came north in 1997 and having discovered Yorkshire has no plans to move back south in the near future.

Rob is married to Jan and they have two sons and a granddaughter. Rob is passionate about walking in the Dales and further afield when time permits and you will no doubt find him carrying a camera.

Laura Warren - Families Worker

Laura came to the role of Families Worker in June 2019, after working within the leadership team for 2 years. She is enthusiastic about using creative ideas for worship and she leads our all age worship sessions, striving to make worship fun and meaningful for all.

Laura’s background is in Dance and it continues to be a passion for her. She also works with the charity Saying Goodbye, who support people through baby loss at any stage.

Laura lives with her husband Chris and young son Jamie, who both also play key roles within the church family.

Meet our new Deacon Dave Browne

Dave is our newest deacon and so that you can get to know him a little better he has recorded three videos for you to see where he talks about his life, his family and faith and some of the things that he wished he had known earlier in his life.

Video 1 This is me

Video 2 Faith and Family

Video 3 If only I'd known

About us

There has been a Baptist Church in Sutton in Craven since 1711. From humble beginnings in a property near the High Street, to the magnificent buildings erected on the site by Holme Bridge in the nineteenth century and now replaced by the modern multi purpose building that you see standing back from the road.

This building was replaced by the modern multi purpose building that you see standing back from the road today.

In the late 18th century the then Sutton Baptist Church founded a church at The Glusburn Institute and for some years had their own minister and autonomy the two churches became one again in 2000.

Standing in Chapel Garden, the modern stainless steel sculpture that you see on arriving at the church exemplifies the purpose of the church to be a church in the heart of community.

Using the symbolism dating back generations of a fish to represent Christianity and the modern shape to represent an eye giving the concept that God is watching over his people.

The pupil of the eye is represented by the figure of a person. The cross which is at the heart of the person is hollow and so allows light to shine through it and typifies God's love shining through his people to the community in which they both live and worship.

Worship at South Craven Baptist Church

Sunday mornings are incredibly important in the life of the church. It is the time when we can come together in the presence of God to bring an offering of worship.

Looking back to Acts chapter 2:42-47 on at least two occasions during the month we will meet around the meal table, for a cooked breakfast or hot chocolate and croissants. This is not just because most of us like food (which we do) but more importantly so that we can truly share fellowship together.

By meeting in this way we get to share very informal conversations and build up relationships with each other. Worship and teaching then just flow very naturally from our conversations.

Family Breakfast is exactly what it says and our worship on that morning is very often led by Laura who loves to engage the whole family together in both worship and teaching.

Our times of praise are led by our worship band which we try to make accessible to everyone. We use a lot of contemporary worship music along with some of the great songs of the past. Very often times of worship are led by members of the band.

Young Church

Young Church at South Craven Baptist Church is a provision for all young people from 0-18 years.

The first Sunday of every month is a Breakfast and All Age Service, where everybody can join in with the whole service.

On all other weeks we have 3 Young Church Groups. All groups are lead by approved and experienced volunteers with Safeguarding Training and DBS checks.

Kindlings Under 5s

Children in this age group can stay in church and play in the play area or they can go to the Beck Room for stories and play.

Sparks Age 5 - 11

Meeting in the Dales Room, this group explore bible stories and themes using games, crafts and activities, music and lots more. Everyone is encouraged to join in to their capability and to have fun learning about God in ways that are appropriate to them.

Energize Age 11plus

This group meet in the Garden Room, where they take lessons from the Bible and discuss how to apply them in today's society and in their lives. These sessions take much more of a discussion format and all are encouraged to share their views in a safe space, without judgement.

Girls' Brigade

There has been a Girls' Brigade company at South Craven Baptist Church for 50 years.

When the company was formed in 1963, the organisation was called the Girls' Life Brigade. The uniform was very formal hats, blazers, ties and strictly no trousers! How things have changed. Today we can be found wearing hoodies, singing, dancing and getting up to all sorts of interesting things.

Throughout the 120 year history of the Girls' Brigade, there has always been one constant to seek, serve and follow Jesus. This is a Christian organisation with the principles of love and service at its heart. Our activity programme reflects this, with a spiritual element running through.

The girls hear stories from the Bible and learn how to relate the example of Jesus to the morality and dilemmas of modern life. Life skills are an important part of what we do, as it's good for a 6 year old to learn to skip and a 16 year old to make a meal.

Activity themes include food, our environment, people who help us, technology, looking good and social involvement. Whatever their age, our girls love playing games, singing action songs and making things. We regularly have our artwork used in church to illustrate the theme of Sunday services and make small gifts to give out to the congregation.

Conference Facilities

If you are looking for a place to hold an away day, small conference, off site deacons meeting or PCC meeting we may well have the facilities that you are looking for at an affordable price.

For us here at South Craven Baptist Church this is a new and bold venture into the conference and training world. We are committed to providing a quality and adaptable venue catering for your every need to ensure the smooth running of your conference or event.

We are ideally situated at the gateway to the Dales, just five minutes away from the Aire Valley Trunk Road in the heart of Sutton-in-Craven. Sutton Park and Sutton Clough are within easy walking distance should you wish a little outdoor time.

South Craven Baptist Church can provide a full range of state of the art equipment required for your church or corporate training requirements. We can also meet your catering needs and will be happy to quote you for our services from buffet lunches to light refreshments on arrival and during the day.

What's on in October 2020

Thursday 1st 5.45pm Girls' Brigade reopens this evening under the present government regulations
Friday 2nd    
Saturday 3rd    
Sunday 4th 10.30am Service at church have been suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak but a pre recorded Service will be published here on our website at 10.30 feel free to join us
Monday 5th    
Tuesdsay 6th 5.45pm Boys' Brigade suspended due to Coronavirus ourbreak
Wednesday 7th    
Thursday 8th 5.45pm Girls' Brigade suspended due to Coronavirus ourbreak
Friday 9th  
Saturday 10th  
Sunday 11th 10.30am Service at church have been suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak but a pre recorded Service will be published here on our website at 10.30 feel free to join us
Monday 12th    
Tuesday 13th 5.45pm Boys' Brigade suspended due to Coronavirus ourbreak
Wednesday 14th    
Thursday 15th 5.45pm Girls' Brigade suspended due to Coronavirus ourbreak
Friday 16th    
Saturday 17th    
Sunday 18th 10.30am Service at church have been suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak but a pre recorded Service will be published here on our website at 10.30 feel free to join us.
Monday 19th    
Tuesday 20th 5.45pm Boys' Brigade suspended due to Coronavirus ourbreak
Wednesday 21st
Thursday 22nd
Friday 23rd    
Saturday 24th    
Sunday 25th 10.30am Service at church have been suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak but a pre recorded Service will be published here on our website at 10.30 feel free to join us.
Monday 26th    
Tuesday 27th 5.45pm Boys' Brigade suspended due to Coronavirus ourbreak
Wednesday 28th
Thursday 29th
Friday 30th    
Saturday 31st    
Sunday 1st November 10.30am We hope to be able to reopen the church building this Sunday for a Service of worship. Bookings will have to be made through Glennis Attwood on 01535 692880 by Thursday 29th October, mid-day. We will publish further details during October.