Welcome to St James the Great, Silsoe
part of the Benefice of Flitton, Pulloxhill & Silsoe
in Central Bedfordshire - part of the Diocese of St Albans.
There’s been a Christian Church on the same site in Silsoe since the Middle Ages – our current Church, building of which began in 1829, has the same footprint as a chapel which was on the site in 1350.
Our Ministry Team
We don’t currently have a Vicar but are lucky to have Readers and Lay Leaders of Worship who, along with support from local clergy living in our parishes, are providing services around the Benefice each week.
Our Lay Leaders of Worship
Local Clergy regularly helping us
Weekly Prayer List & Notices
We publish a short video each week with our Benefice Prayer List and Notices along with details of the coming week’s services, with music from St Martin’s-in-the Field. You can watch the video or read the details on our Virtual Vicar page.
During the Covid pandemic we recorded services for our Virtual Vicar channel and all those services are still available here
The common shared vision of the Benefice is
“Growing as beacons of Christ’s light in our communities”
and this supported by a set of values across all three churches:
Welcome Prayer Community Worship Friendship Christ centred
Each of the three Churches has their own specific opportunities and challenges but by working together and offering an appropriate range of worship options, the Benefice is able to deliver its vision and values and meet the needs of its congregations.
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
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
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.