Welcome to St James the Great, Silsoe

We are now holding live church services, with a service in each parish church on most Sundays.  We continue to follow most Covid-19 precautions to help protect members of our congregation, the Ministry Team and the sidespeople.

You can find details of the planned live services on the Benefice Services page.

We are no longer recording a service each week for the Virtual Vicar but are keeping our Benefice Prayer List and Benefice Notices up-to-date and you can see them on the Virtual Vicar page. Consideration of the future of video services will form part of our overall plans for worship in future.

Previous Virtual Vicar services  remain available and can be found here

Latest News

Bike n Hike

Historic Churches Bike ‘n Hike

The annual Bike ‘n Hike organised by the Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust is on 11 September.  This is a sponsored event with 50% of all monies raised returned to the local church. At Silsoe, we are looking for volunteers to be at the Church on September 11 from 9am to 5 pm to

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Our values are:

Welcome  –  Prayer  –  Community  –  Worship  –  Friendship  –  Christ Centered

Our Church seeks to live out its vision of

Growing as a beacon of Christ’s light in our communities

SKETCH - Silsoe Church


A key to the achievement of our vision is the creation of a welcoming atmosphere to support worship and community spirit. The welcoming atmosphere or culture of a church is often referred to and is a key to building and retaining disciples and something our Church is seeking to grow and develop. Being made to feel part of the family, during coffee times and chats, is crucial and we serve and share refreshments after every service. In addition the Church provides a range of services to meet the worship needs of individuals as well as encouraging active involvement by children.

Our Church is a vibrant, growing community and we hope that you will find much to interest you in the variety of services, as well as the many social and community events organised by the Friends of Silsoe Church or by the Parochial Church Council. These can be found by clicking the “forthcoming events” tab on the right.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Church.

The development and growth of our Church is guided by our Mission Action Plan (MAP) which is reviewed regularly and can be consulted here.

A full report of our achievements and activities during 2020 together with our financial statements were approved by the PCC on 18 March 2021 and the independent examination was completed on 11 April 2021.  These will be presented at the APCM on 6 May 2021 and can be viewed by following this link.