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Coronavirus Measures for Worship As Coronavirus continues to spread in our communities, we want to put appropriate measures in place to safeguard public health as far as possible, especially for those among us who are most vulnerable to the effects of the virus. The Church of England has issued advice which we will be following … Read more

Rev. Ian Smith’s last service

The United Benefice Communion service held at St James the Great Silsoe on Sunday 29 December 2019 was the last communion to be conducted by Rev. Ian Smith in the Benefice before his move to Renhold. Nearly 100 people attended this last service to share in thanking Ian for all he has done in the … Read more

Crib services

Once again two Crib Services were held on 24th December at the Church. With the enthusiasm for this service it is not possible to accommodate everyone at once and this year nearly 280 children of all ages attended the services.This year the service was specifically designed by Reader Gillian Kern for both services, and she … Read more

Carol Service

A full Church enjoyed a traditional service of carols and readings at the annual carol service on 15 December 2019. In a beautifully decorated Church, thanks to the hard work of the team of flower arrangers, and illuminated by candles the congregation were welcomed by Gillian Kern and Paul Biscoe.  Programme for the carol service … Read more


There was a full church for our annual Christingle service on Sunday 8th December. Prior to the service Rachel Barnes and Katie Shattock had been going to the school every week  during this half term to rehearse the two songs that the children sang at the service. There were 18 children from Silsoe Lower School … Read more

Remembrance Service

This year’s Remembrance Day Service, on Sunday 10 November,  was very special because it included, for the first time for many years, a parade of scouts and beavers along the High Street to the Church. The scouts together with a large crowd gathered around the memorial for the service, led by Rev. Ian Smith, to … Read more

Remembered in Love

This service, attended by about 80 people celebrated the lives of those dear family members  and friends who were no longer with us. The service was led by Gillian Kern and Simon Stranks and was a very simple but moving one with poignant readings from Julius of Norwich and Cardinal Basil Hume. The service began … Read more

CHUMS charity

This charity , which is based at Wrest Park in Silsoe has become the largest children’s mental health provider in Bedfordshire. They are keen that we at St James Church are full aware of the services they offer and these are explained in a recent letter that has been received from Rianna Steer their communications … Read more

Harvest service learns about Tanzania

The Bishop of St Alban’s harvest appeal this year was “Light up Tanzania” , which aims to provide solar panels as a source of electricity for rural homes in Tanzania. As usual the Church was beautifully decorated for the occasion by the flower arrangers, with this year some interesting “figures” attached to the end of … Read more

School’s amazing generosity

As Silsoe VC school has grown it has become necessary to have two services in the Church to celebrate harvest.  The children brought an astounding array of gifts to the services, so much so that the altar had to be cleared after the first service to make way for the gifts brought at the second … Read more