Prayer for Leighton-Linslade Youth

For young people, including those in our own town, pressure to conform to the world’s standards is greater than ever. There is a chance to pray for the young people of Leighton-Linslade on Tuesday 21st November from 8pm in Delta House. For further information contact Pete Chilvers, Sophie Jones, or the church office on 01525 371312.

Temporary Closures – Open Door & Toddlers

We are sorry, but we have had to cancel both the Open Door café and the Toddler Groups whilst the Life Exhibition is running.
This means:
Open Door will be closed on both Tuesday 14th & Tuesday 21st November;
Tuesday Toddlers also won’t be open on both Tuesday 14th & Tuesday 21st November; and
Thursday Toddlers will be closed on Thursday 16th November, but it will be open on 23rd November.

Finance Assistant vacancy

We are recruiting!

Applications are now open for the post of finance assistant in the church office here at Hockliffe Street Baptist Church. We are looking for somebody to administer the church’s finances as part of the our staff team based at Delta House. The successful candidate will have the skills and experience to run our financial administration systems (training will be provided), including processing, reporting and working closely with paid and volunteer colleagues to help us steward our resources faithfully and effectively. The role will be for 20 hours each week, with a working pattern to be agreed with the eventual postholder.

Click here to download the job description.

If you would like to apply, you have until 24 November 2017 to get a CV and covering letter, setting out how your skills and experience fit the job description, by email to, or by post to: Recruitment (Financial assistant), HSBC, Delta House, 33 Hockliffe Street, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 1EZ

Shoebox appeal 2017

Our church’s deadline for collecting shoebox gifts has now passed, but you can still fill a box and drop it off at Connells in Market Square or any branch of ShoeZone (Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Dunstable or Aylesbury). Working with the charity “Samaritan’s Purse”, these shoeboxes will join around a million other boxes from the UK being distributed to needy children in countries in eastern Europe, the middle east and Africa. What we pack into our boxes is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. We become part of changing children’s lives all over the world in Jesus’ name through the power of a simple gift.

How do I pack a box?

You need to find a medium sized shoebox and wrap the box and lid separately with Christmas paper. Alternatively, pick up a kit to make up a box from church. Then decide the gender and age-range of the child you intend the box to be given to (2-4 years, 5-9 years or 10-14 years). Now comes the fun bit – thinking what you can fill it with. For example:

  • things to have fun with – e.g. mini musical instrument like harmonica, wind up toy
  • things to love – e.g. cuddly toy, finger puppets
  • things to inspire creativity – e.g. crayons, colouring pencils, play-doh
  • things to help with cleanliness – e.g. toothbrush & paste, soap, comb
  • things to wear – e.g. hat / scarf / mittens, hairbands
  • things to learn with – e.g. notebooks, pens, pencils, sharpeners, erasers

Note that items purchased should have the “CE” marking to show they are made to the approved standards and that there are some things that should not be included such as war related items (toy guns), anything with glass (mirrors), playing cards, religious items, chocolates, and there are restrictions on hand made items. For more ideas and information, CLICK HERE to download a leaflet.

Where do I take my box?

Please get a label that indicates the target recipient, close the box with a rubber band around it. Operation Christmas Child asks for a donation of £5 per box to cover the costs of shipping the boxes to the recipient countries where local teams arrange distribution. This can be done online (CLICK HERE to go to the page, scroll to the bottom to make your donation then print off your bar-code), or you can include a donation in an envelope placed on the top of the gifts inside the box (either in cash or cheque payable to “Samaritan’s Purse”).
For more information:
Go to the Operation Christmas Child website or
see this leaflet

Supporting Iona Manley

Our church is very happy to be supporting one of our church family, Iona Manley, as she undertakes a year’s internship on the staff of St Aldates Church in Oxford starting in September 2017. She will be working with the church’s Children’s Pastor to oversee and organise all the activities for children, with responsibility for leading one particular age group.
Iona has created a blog in which she’ll be sharing her experiences, and you can read this at: