Welcome to St James the Great, Silsoe

With effect from 24 March 2020, all Church of England churches were closed, including for private prayer, in an effort to help limit the transmission of the coronavirus COVID-19. 

Sadly our Churches in Silsoe, Pulloxhill and Flitton are, therefore, now closed until the Government instruct us that is is safe to re-open but the worship of God can continue in our hearts and in our homes.

Although we can’t hold services, our Ministry Team are recording 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.

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

Our vicar, the Reverend Dave Bell retired in 2019. 
The post has been advertised in the Church Times twice so far in 2020.

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.