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Below please find messages from the congregation to keep church folk up to date with what is going on in each others lives or for church folk to send encouraging messages to the congregation in general. If you want to post a message to this page, please email it to or ring/contact the minister and he will pass it on.

Either click on the links to the different posts above or scroll down to view them one after another in full

  • Another sad death

    Trevor Denham passed away earlier today from a sudden stroke although he had been unwell for a while.
    Trevor used to be a well known member at Central for many years and a Local Preacher in the Bishop Auckland circuit, and many of you will remember him. He moved to Cheshire some time ago to be near his daughter.
    Please remember his family and friends in your prayers.

  • Please remember in your prayers…

    Please remember Rev Tony Taylor and the family in your prayers as her funeral takes place in Kirkby Stephen on Monday this week, 22nd February.

    You may remember an earlier post that informed us the day after she died:

    We sadly have to inform you of the passing of Rosemary, wife of Rev Tony Taylor, Minister of Bishop Auckland Baptist Church.

    She passed away peacefully in her sleep, with her husband and sons there.

    Please remember Tony & his sons in your prayer.

    Please inform anyone in your fellowship, who knows them.

    John Gaines


    Bishop Auckland Baptist Church

  • Funeral of Eileen Burnham

    We are sorry to hear the news of Eileen’s death. Our thoughts and prayers remain with her brother and sister and the wider family.

    You will be able to watch Eileen’s funeral on Wednesday 17th February at 9.45am in the church through the link below to the YouTube live-stream, which will begin with quiet music from 9.15am that morning.

    If you wish to attend the funeral and aren’t already counted in the family seats, please register on our booking system by clicking the image below. Spaces are limited due to Covid restrictions.

  • Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day

    A few recipes from Ruth

    With the pandemic and cold, wintery days outside, sometimes it is comforting to get warm in the kitchen!  here are a few recipes to beat the cold:

    (1)  Pancakes:  a different version of the basic recipe:

    1 tbsp custard powder
    3 tbsps self-raising flour
    pinch salt1 tsp oil (salad oil)
    about 1/2 pt milk
    lemon flavouring (optional)


    Mix dry ingredients together and lemon flavouring 
    Make a well in the centre.
    Pour in a little milk, gradually stir in flour, adding up to half the milk. 
    Beat for 5 mins. 
    Stir in more milk to make a smooth batter. 
    Add oil. 
    Beat well. 
    Let the batter stand for one hour or longer. 
    Fry in cooking fat.  (marg.).

    (2)  Buttermilk Scones

    6 oz plain flour
    2 oz caster sugar
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp bicarb. of soda
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 oz soft butter
    8 fl. oz buttermilk (250 ml)


    Oven temp:  220o C           Baking:  12 mins.

    1.  Sieve dry ingredients into a bowl. 
    2.  Add room temp. butter and cut the dry ingredients with a fork until the mixture resembles dry breadcrumbs.
    3.  Add the buttermilk and mix.  (The dough will be a little moist.)
    4.  Roll half the dough into a ball and flatten on a floured surface.
    5.  Cut into 6 pcs. with a scone cutter (or simply cut into wedges.) 
    6.  Repeat with the remaining dough.
    7.  Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 12 mins.  (You can brush buttermilk on top and sprinkle with sugar before baking, if desired.

    (3)    Spicy Buns

    Oven temp:  200oC :    Baking:  10-15 mins.
    1 lb flour
    2 oz marg/butter
    1 1/2 oz sugar
    1 tsp. spice
    1 oz yeast
    pinch salt
    2 oz currants
    a little candied peel
    1/4- – 1/2 pt milk (or 1/2 milk & water).  The mixture shouldn’t be too moist).


    1)  Mix together sieved four, salt and spice.
    2)  Rub in fat, add currants and peel.
    3)  Cream yeast and sugar together and add warmed milk.
    4)  Mix into dry ingredients.
    5)  Make a soft dough and leave in a warm place to rise double its size.  (About 1/2 hr).
    6)  When risen, kneed on floured board.
    7)  Form into rounds.  (If used for Easter, mark each with a cross on top).
    8)  Leave to rise again for about 20 mins.
    9)  Bake in a hot oven 10-15 mins.

  • Messenger articles wanted

    Easter Messenger in the making

    I am hoping to put together an Easter Issue of “The Messenger” to go out at the beginning of March.

    Sunday 21st February would be a good deadline date for articles and information to reach me . This would allow us to complete the process  of producing the magazine in time for an early March distribution. You can pop articles in the post to me or e-mail them to

    Kath Biggs

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