Welcome to St James the Great, Silsoe

Rev David Payne

Welcome to Rev David Payne

We are delighted to announce that the Reverend David Payne has been appointed as the Priest in Charge for the Benefice of Silsoe, Flitton and Pulloxhill.

David is currently the Vicar of Bottesford, Muston, Redmile, Plungar and Barkestone in the Vale of Belvoir (Leicester Diocese) and Deanery Pastoral Ministry Enabler. David and his family are expected to move into the Silsoe Vicarage towards the end of October and he will be licensed by Bishop Alan on 10 November.

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We will be resuming services in our Benefice Churches in September; these will be led by members of our Ministry Team – please check About Our Services for details of when and where.  You will also find details of the safety precautions for services and how services will be taken on that page. 

To help us plan for the re-opening of our Church, we would be grateful if you would complete our questionnaire regarding which services you hope to attend and/or if you can offer assistance with keeping our Church open and safe. Please click on the Planning Button below.

Flitton Church is open for private prayer by appointment only  – please contact Angela Ayres on 01525 860723

Our Ministry Team are continuing to record Virtual Vicar services and providing service sheets so that you can follow a service on line at a time to suit you when you have peace and quiet.  We also have some resources, including suggested home worship services and prayers for the outbreak; so the worship of God can continue in our hearts and in our homes.

You will find all this on our ‘Virtual Vicar’ page.

Our vicar, the Reverend Dave Bell retired in 2019 and we await the appointment of a new vicar.

Whilst we have this Vacancy, we continue to operate via our set of values, which 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 2018 together with our financial statements can be downloaded here.