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Bike n Hike

Historic Churches Bike ‘n Hike

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

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Bible Study Group

Bible Book Club – New Study Course

The Bible Book Club are about to start a new study – this one will be on the Psalms and is a study written by people in the Diocese of St. Edmonsbury. This will be held on Zoom and our next meeting will be at 7.30pm on Monday 10th May 2021. We finish for about

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HRH the Duke of Edinburgh

Remembering HRH the Duke of Edinburgh

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh It is with great sadness that we received the news of the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. Our prayers are offered for Her Majesty the Queen and members of the Royal Family at this time, and for all who are grieving this loss. We

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Easter Decorations

Our Easter Hopes

A Sign of Hope for Our Community – we invite you to write your hopes and prayers on a heart which will be laminated and hung outside St James Church.

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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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Presentation to Mike Olney

Presentation to Michael Olney

On Sunday 20 December, at the end of the Welcoming the Light service, a presentation was made to Mike Olney following his retirement – you can watch a recording of the presentation here

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6pm prayers

6pm Prayer for the Nation

In a letter to the Nation at the beginning of November, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York called upon the Church of England to make November 2020 a month of prayer for our nation – knowing that we are in the faithful hands of the risen Christ who knows our weaknesses, tiredness and struggles and

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Cooronavirus

Covid-19 Precautions at Sunday Services

We are delighted to be able to return to services in Church, starting on Sunday 6 September with a Eucharist, which is at the heart of our worship and identity. Things are looking very different in Church, so if you are planning to come, it might be helpful if you were to familiarise yourself with

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Latest information on coronavirus

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

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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

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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

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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

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Christingle

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Welcoming entrance

Many of you will have noticed that the 2 flower beds either side of the Church door have been well tended and full of bloom during the past few months. These beds now have a magnificent array of pansies to brighten up the doorway as we enter the Church. It is thanks to John Foolkes

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Successful Harvest Supper

This year’s harvest supper, organised by the Friends of Silsoe Church, was held on 27 September 2019. There were 10 tables, all admirably hosted and this enabled just over 80 people to sit down to a traditional ploughman’s supper of cheddar and stilton cheese, ham and pork pie with chutney and freshly picked tomatoes from

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Bells rung to celebrate 100 years of WI

On Friday 27 September the WI in Bedfordshire were celebrating their centenary. To mark the occasion all Church associated with WI branches were asked to ring their bells at 7pm on that evening. St James was no exception. A group of Silsoe WI members came to the Church to listen to a band of ringers,

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Rev Ian Smith appointed at Renhold

On Sunday 29 September Bishop Richard had prepared a statement regarding the appointment of Rev Ian Smith which was read out at both Renhold and Flitton Churches at the same time. It read; I am delighted to confirm that the Reverend Ian Smith is to be the new Minister in Charge (0.5) of the Benefice

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Photo of Dave

Rev Dave retires

On Sunday 11 August, Rev Dave Bell led his final service in front of a packed congregation of over 150 adults and children. To mark the occasion, before the service the St James Guild of Bellringers completed  a quarter peal of Grandsire Doubles rung by Barbara Fraser (treble), Margaret Jeeves, Sally Creveul, Christopher Catlin, Simon

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Rev Dave Bell announces his retirement.

It with great sadness that we announce that Rev Dave Bell has decided to retire this summer and his last service is 11 August at 10am a United Benefice Communion at Silsoe. Dave and Kath will be greatly missed, and we wish them well and  hope that they enjoy their retirement. They have brought big

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Brides & Blooms: a stunning success

The Church looked amazing with a dazzling array of beautiful flower arrangements on the “wedding” theme as well as fine displays of wedding dresses, memorabilia and photographs of weddings held at St James and elsewhere. Despite the weather at the beginning there were enthusiastic groups in the Church throughout all three days. The excellent refreshments

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Wonderful flowers to celebrate the Resurrection

Thanks to the generosity of the congregation and the time and talent of an army of flowers arrangers St James displayed a magnificent array of flowers and arrangements to celebrate Easter Day. Not only did the traditional white lilies make an impressive statement adjacent to the altar but every window sill and all other available

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War Graves acknowledged

About a year ago St James Church informed the War Graves Commission that there were war graves in the churchyard. Following discussions with them it was agreed that a plaque should be erected  recognising their presence.  During the week after Easter the plaque was installed and is fixed to the left hand pillar of the

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Walk of Witness Friday 19 April 2019

This year, on a beautifully sunny and warm morning, a crowd of over 50 adults and children gathered at the Millennium Green in Silsoe to process with a wooden cross to the Church. Following an introduction and prayer from Dave Bell the cross was then ably carried by 3 young people along the High Street

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Mothering Sunday Service

A full Church of over 110 people; children, Mums, Dads and  Grandparents celebrated Mothering Sunday on 31 March. The service, led by Rev Ian Smith, featured the Children’s Choir performing two songs “My Mum” and “I like the flowers”. The choir of children from Silsoe school had been brought together and coached by Katie Shattock

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Lent Course: visit to Luton United Synagogue

The first session of this year’s lent course was a visit to the Luton United Synagogue. Eleven members from the benefice were welcomed to the synagogue by Brian Green, who had been the Chairman of the synagogue for 20 years until last year. Brian explained that there had been a Jewish community in Luton for

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Wine tasting

  On Saturday 9 March 2019 the ‘Friends of Silsoe Church’ had organised a tutored wine tasting. The tasting was led by Emma Briffett, the tasting & Events Coordinator at the Wine Society in Stevenage. This time, ticket numbers had been severely limited so that all guests could benefit from Emma’s presentation. The theme for

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Lent Course 2019: “Who is my neighbour?”

This course will  run throughout Lent within the Benefice . Each of the sessions takes a look at our world in a multi faith society focusing on Judaism, Islam and Christianity. We will look at their foundations faith, history; major events, key players and the basic ethos of Judaism, Islam and our Christian faith.  This will also include a

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Brides & Blooms

This event is being held on 7, 8 & 9th June 2019 in St James Church Silsoe. As a celebration of flowers and marriage it will feature a range of items associated with weddings including wedding dresses and other memorabilia from people who were married in the Church as well as a range of services

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New Electoral Roll 2019

Every 5 years the Church is required to prepare a new electoral roll. A new one is required this year and must be completed and displayed before the APCM, which is on 11 April. To ensure that this is achieved then anyone wishing to be present on the new electoral roll must have given  Paul

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Advent Course

The weeks building up to Christmas are one of the most difficult times for us to focus on God. We can feel the weight of buying gifts, preparing for guests, putting up the Christmas tree and fitting in parties alongside our regular lives. Sometimes it feels more like work than celebration. It takes great intentionality

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Diocese Christmas Video 2018

The Diocese hope that the video will be seen by those  that are already regular worshipers to both enjoy and share it. However the Diocese is mainly  aiming it at those who currently have little or no contact with the church. It is hoped that as many people as possible will view this film online and be

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Silsoe Remembers them

In recognition of the centenary of the end of the First World War two special Remembrance Services were held in the Church; which was tastefully decorated with over 400 knitted poppies. The first service was held on Saturday evening 10 November which was a quiet reflective service with periods of silence interspersed with readings and

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Messy Church

Another session has been scheduled for Sunday 1 December 2019 at 2pm in the Church. Once again there will be plenty of activities, for both young and old, with an emphasis on the coming  season and its messages. As usual there will be an excellent selection of refreshments, again with a seasonal flavour.

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Services of Remembrance

This year marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. To commemorate this there will be 2 services at St James this year. Full details are on the poster attached.

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Silsoe School’s magnificent generosity

 As Silsoe School has grown it has not been possible to accommodate the whole school at one harvest service, so there are now two. A tradition at these services is for the children to bring gifts of food which are presented and laid at the base of the Church’s alter. The school also supports the

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Going for Growth

On Wednesday 10 October Rev Dave Bell and Paul Biscoe attended a one day workshop on  “A Conversation with Rev. Bob Jackson on Church Growth”. Bob is a very well-known and charismatic presented and writer whose book “What makes churches grow” is an inspirational read for anyone seriously interested in a Church’s spiritual and numerical

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Successful Harvest Supper

On Friday evening 21 September 89 people sat down to enjoy an excellent ploughman’s and home made apple pies for this year’s Harvest Supper, the best attendance for many years. As with previous year’s the theme for the Supper was the celebration of local foods, with most of the ingredients for the Supper coming from

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Visit to Balliol College Oxford 21 October

As many of you may know, Balliol College Oxford are the Patrons of both Flitton and Pulloxhill churches and have therefore been involved in the history and decision making of our Benefice. We have been invited to Balliol by the College Chaplain, the Revd. Canon Bruce Kinsey on Sunday 21 October. This is open to anyone across the

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A Vigil Service

A Vigil Service to mark the Centenary of the end of the Great War Saturday Evening 1oth November 2018 6pm at St James the Great, Silsoe  On the eve of the centenary of the end of the First World War this is a quiet reflective service of Bible readings and silences amongst the candle lit

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Tea at the Vicarage

As a thank you to everyone in the Benefice for  their continued support for Kath and Dave they invite you to join them for Tea at the Vicarage on Saturday 11th August 2018 from 2 to 4pm. Would you please let Kath know  (01525 861163) if you are intending to come as this will help greatly with the

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Vicar stars in Antiques Roadshow

When it was known that Antiques Roadshow was coming to Wrest Park Mike Olney and Dave Bell thought it the ideal opportunity to have the experts look at the silver flagon and the silver chalice and paten that has been in the Church’s possession for very many years. Mike Olney contacted the BBC to explain

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Annual Bell Ringers Outing

On a warm and sunny Saturday in July members of the St James Guild of Bell Ringers held their annual outing in Berkshire. Chris Catlin had arranged for members to ring at 6 Churches in rural Berkshire around the villages of Arborfield and Finchamstead. Only one of the Churches had ground floor ringing, very cooling

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Missed out on Baptism?

Perhaps you have thought, this is something I should get round to at some stage in life? Now is your chance! We are running a course for adults interested in being baptised. Three sessions: (max one hour each) Saturday 14th July 10.30am    Saturday 28th July 10.30am Tuesday 31st July 8pm If you are interested contact

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New home study group

A new home study group will be starting up at the home of Dave and Liz Coulson in Pulloxhill. The first 6 weeks will be a chance to see if a small home study group is for you and the study will focus on the “Moving On” Course.  The study is about being disciples of

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Benefice celebrates confirmation

On 16 May the Bishop of Bedford the Right Reverend Richard Atkinson conducted a confirmation service at St James for  8 candidates from the Deanery, who were supported by a congregation of over 90 people.  There were 4 candidates from our Benefice; Stewart, Caroline and Max Ashton from Silsoe and Alice Toone from Flitton. Other

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Higham Choral Group Concert

On Saturday 5 May a full Church of over 120 people were present for the concert “As long as I have music” performed by the Higham Choral Group. This was a return visit by this Group who had kindly given a concert for us in May 2015 to support the bid to raise funds for

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Deanery Walk & Talk 29 April 2018

Members of St James’ congregation decided to embark on the Deanery walk to Clifton on Sunday the 29th of April, however due to the poor weather they decided to drive! They were met with a  warm welcome at the church hall, received hot jacket potatoes with a variety of fillings and hot beverages. Then with

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Priesting of Ian Smith

Ian will be priested at St Albans Abbey on Saturday 30th June at 4pm. The Abbey has asked that they are given as much information as possible about the numbers attending so that there will be adequate seating and service sheets. If you are thinking of attending would you please contact  Mike Olney ( mikeolney5@gmail.com)

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Deanery Walk & Talk

The next Deanery Walk and Talk  is on Sunday 29th April 2018 starting from any parish in the area full details phone 01462 615499. Information about the timing and talk are shown below.

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Pilgrimage to St Albans Abbey

The opportunity of a nice gentle walk from Redbourn in Hertfordshire, through the picturesque water meadows and woods into St Albans on an April Easter Monday was offered to members of the congregations. The fearless five (and Lottie the dog) set off from St Mary’s Redbourn at 11:00 am, walking with a group of pilgrims

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Easter celebrated in beautifully decorated Church

Easter Sunday this year was attended by over 90 people who were able to enjoy the beautifully decorated Church during and after the service. Assisted by many volunteers Ann Swain coordinated the decoration of the Church with a range of flowers, including some wonderful white lilies and different styles of arrangement. A selection of the

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Walk of Witness

On Good Friday a group of over 50 adults and children assembled on the Millennium Green in Silsoe at 11am to begin a Walk of Witness. After a prayer from Rev Dave Bell children carried a roughly hewn cross from the Green through the village to the Church. Rev Dave Bell leading the Walk with

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Easter Monday Pilgrimage to St Albans Abbey

Please see below an estimated timetable for the walk as I see it. Please feel free to join us at any point on this schedule, walking in from a distance is not compulsory. Monday 2nd April 10:30   Meet at St Mary’s Church, Redbourn, Herts AL3 7DU Pack picnic bags into car for transport to St

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Messy Church celebrates Mothers Day

On Sunday 18th March the first Messy Church of 2018 was held, postponed from 4th March due to snow.  The Church were delighted to welcome more than 40 attendees who braved the wintry weather to attend the session focused on mothers. Reader Gillian Kern welcomed the children and explained the activities on offer.  The children

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Mothering Sunday Service

A congregation of mothers, grandmothers and children attended the Mother’s Day service. This year the service was led by Gillian Kern with full involvement of youngsters, including a reading from Max Ashton.  Musical accompaniment for the for the hymns was provided by Carrie and Jackie.  As usual during the singing of the last hymn posies

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Church yard clean up

Assessing the task caused by vigorous growth of ivy Volunteers getting to grips with the task in hand Due to the heavy snowfall on 3 March the church yard clean-up was postponed until 10 March. The weather was ideal for the activity, which was concentrated on the south east corner of the church-yard. The ivy

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St Albans Easter Monday Pilgrimage

How will you spend this Easter Monday 2 April? Why not join Ian and Christine Smith with other pilgrims from across St Albans Diocese to celebrate the risen Christ at St Albans Cathedral. Now in its eighth decade, the annual Pilgrimage and service have become a family event which now includes grandparents, parents, young children

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“Last Night of the Proms”

Back by Popular Demand: Higham Choral Group This concert is being held at   7.00pm on Saturday 5 May in Silsoe Church The programme is shown in full below and the finale will be a traditional “Last Night of the Proms” complete with flags and bunting. Tickets are £15 including wine and canapes and are available from Mike Olney

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Lent Course 2018

Throughout Lent a Lent Course will be  run within the Benefice. Each of the first four sessions takes one of the qualities mentioned in the Diocese Living God’s Love prayer: generosity, joy, imagination and courage. The final session looks at the context in which these qualities are set: “to live your love … for the sake

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Congregation supports Family Baptism

On Sunday 28 January a congregation of over 60 supported the baptism of 3 of the 4 members of the Ashton family.  As part of the morning communion service Rev Dave Bell baptised Stewart, Max and Charlie with Caroline, serving as godparent to all three. It was clear that Charlie did not realise so much

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Concert: Vienna comes to Silsoe

On 20 January nearly 130 people enjoyed an entertaining programme provided by the Element String Quartet and their guest flautist. The programme, based on the Vienna New Year Concert was greatly enjoyed and appreciated by the very full Church. Guests were served canapes and drinks during the interval and had the opportunity to wander around

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Churchyard Clearing now 10 March

The clean up scheduled for Saturday 3 March 10am to 12 noon. has been cancelled due to expected poor weather conditions on that day. It has now been scheduled for Saturday 10 March 10am to 12noon. Note this period has been chosen because as we move into Spring and plants begin growing after the winter dormancy it is

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Crib Services: a resounding success

This year 2 Crib Services were held to accommodate the interest shown in this enlightening and instructive service. Both services were very well attended with a total congregation of just fewer than 500 for both services. Rev Dave Bell ably assisted by Kath Bell and Elaine Couzens recreated the story of Jesus’s birth, from the

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New Year Concert: 20 January 2018

            Vienna comes to Silsoe To be given by the Element String Quartet and guest flautist at St James Church  Silsoe on 20 January 2018 When they will perform  a programme of musical pieces from the famous Vienna New Year Concert featuring Viennese waltzes like Strauss’ “Blue Danube” Mozart’s popular “Eine

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Carol Service: youngsters and choir support excellent service

A congregation of 150 assembled for this year’s carol service in St James Church. The Church looked magnificent for the occasion having been simply, but very effectively, decorated for the Christmas services thanks to Ann Swain and her team and a fine array of candles, positioned by Jan Jarrard, added to the atmosphere for the

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Christingle Service

Braving the snow and difficult travelling conditions  over 130 people, children, parents and grandparents joined together to celebrate Christingle. Rev Dave Bell led the service  and he explained that the Christingle service celebrations are named after the Christingles that are lit during the service. Christingles are made from an orange decorated with red tape, sweets and

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Scouts Carol Service

Once again this year the Church hosted the annual  carol service for the Badger Hill scouts on Tuesday 5 December at 6pm. Rev Ian Smith led the service of carols and readings before a packed Church of over 150 children and adults. Many parents and grandparents attended  the service to join in the carols and

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Leading your Church into Invitation

Rev Ian Smith and Paul Biscoe attended this one-day course led by Michael Harvey. Michael is best known as the originator and promoter of “Back to Church Sunday” and has addressed Church communities across the world on getting people to return to Church. Michael explained that when he was working on the Back to Church

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Remembrance Service

On Sunday 12 November about 100 people gathered at the war memorial to hear the names of those being remembered read out and at 11am to observe a 2minutes silence. Wreathes were laid including one by Alison Austin from Wrest Park to commemorate those men from the Estate and when it was a hospital during

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Remembered in Love

The annual Church service to remember loved ones who have died was held on Sunday 29 October. A congregation of over 80 were welcomed by Simon Stranks who explained the pattern of the service. People would be invited to place a white carnation into a cross and then as each name is read out a

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Lay Leader of Worship Commissioned

At the United Benefice Service held at Pulloxhill  on Sunday 22 October Maggie Jeeves, together with Margaret Butt from Flitton,  were commissioned as  Lay Leaders of Worship. They had successfully completed a six-month training, which included tutorials and workshops at St Albans as well as leading  services  at St James in Maggie’s case. They had

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Bell ringers annual outing

Ringers outside St Christopher at Willingate The annual outing for the Silsoe bell ringers took place on Saturday 30th September. This year the Churches were villages in Essex centred around High Ongar. Once again Christopher Catlin had organised an outing that offered a range of ringing opportunities from ground floor in the Church porch to

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Successful Harvest Supper

There was a magnificent attendance at this year’s harvest supper with some people being disappointed as it was not possible to accommodate all of the last minute request for tickets. A total of 85 people were welcomed to the supper by Mike Olney and grace was said by Rev Ian Smith. Once again the focus

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Friends Quiz: Saturday 14 October

The Annual Friends Quiz is being held this year on Saturday 14th October  at 7.30pm in the Village Hall Tickets are £8 each and includes a supper. Tables of 6 Bring your own drinks and glasses Please book your table with Jill Liddle 01525 860117 or jill.liddle@btinternet.com

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START! Course: 23 November onwards

Life! What is it like? Some say it’s a dream, others call it a joke. Some describe it as a puzzle – and a lucky few enjoy the life of Riley. If you’ve got questions about life and the Christian faith and are looking for answers, then why not make a Start! Full details of

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Advent Windows in Silsoe: from 1 December

Have you heard of Advent Windows? Advent windows, like the advent calendar, are decorated with scenes and be “opened” i.e. revealed and lit, consecutively at dusk (4pm) on each day of Advent, from 1st to 24th December. All windows once “opened” will be lit until 24 December and stay lit until twelfth night. Interested ?

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Messy Church

Wow, over 60 people attended the very successful Messy Church held on 24 September. Another session has been scheduled for Sunday 3 December at 2pm in the Church. Once again there will be plenty of activities for both young and old with an excellent selection of refreshments. Looking at the date it is likely that

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New Deacon for the Benefice

Over 1,000 people filled the Abbey at St Albans on Sunday 2 July to witness and support the ordination of 19 new Deacons for the Diocese.  Among them was Ian Smith who will be a self-supporting curate for the Benefice of Silsoe, Pulloxhill and Flitton. Ian was born and bred in Toddington and has spent most

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PHOTO - Churchyard Clearance

Churchyard Clearing Party

On Saturday 1 April, coinciding with Open Church,  a group of about 20 volunteers began work to tidy up the churchyard. A specific objective was the removal of ivy from the walls, as well as releasing some graves and gravestones from this overpowering and pernicious plant. Using a wide range of tools including saws, spades,

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PHOTO - Silsoe Walk of Witness

Walk of Witness

On the morning of Good Friday, 14 April, a group of over 40 people, adults and children, gathered at the Millennium Green for a short service of prayer led by Rev Dave Bell. Following the service the group, carrying a roughly hewn cross, walked from the Green to the Church. The responsibility for carrying the cross

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LOGO - Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come

A global prayer movement inviting Christians  around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost 25th May to 4th June for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What is happening at St James Church Silsoe ? Monday 29th May to Sunday 4th The Church will be open with a series of prayer stations

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PHOTO - Gillian Kern Licensing

Benefice welcomes new Reader

On Sunday 14 May Gillian Kern was licensed as a new Reader for the Benefice of Silsoe, Flitton and Pulloxhill. Gillian has a long association with the Church, having led the 3 churches choir for many years before deciding to train as a Reader. As a Reader she will work with Rev Dave Bell to

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