Welcome to St James the Great, Silsoe

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Virtual Vicar

Feedback on Services

We would really like to know what you think about our recorded services.  We know approximately how many people are watching them, but not where or who they are. We’d be grateful if you could spend a couple of minutes answering a few questions. We’d appreciate any feedback you care to give us – positive and negative.

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Teach Us To Pray

Teach Us To Pray

At one time or another, almost all of us will have wished that we were better at prayer – even the first disciples asked Jesus how to pray. In this eight week Zoom course based around the Lord’s Prayer, we’ll begin with the question ‘Why Pray?’ and go on to explore different ways of prayer that
include listening, adoration and contemplation.

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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday & Imposition of Ashes

Join us for our Benefice Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday 17th February as we prepare to make the journey through Lent together. If you would like a portion of ashes to join in with the imposition of ashes, we are supplying individual pots of ash that have been prepared and prayed over in advance.

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Each week a service from one of the Churches in the Benefice is recorded and made available on our Virtual Vicar pages – where you will find links not only to the service for the current week, but to all previously recorded services.

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 2019 together with our financial statements can be downloaded here.