Latest News from Silsoe

Below you will find details of some of the latest news about our Church community. Older articles can be found in our News Archive.

News and Events elsewhere in the Benefice can be found from their Home Pages.

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 encouraged to attend a carol or Christmas service near them. Please let others know that this film is available from 

Read More »

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 prayers. The chancel was lit only by candles, some arranged in the form of a cross, with the centre piece

Read More »

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 Bishop of St Albans harvest appeal, through the collection made at the services, which this year was “Give peas a

Read More »

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 growth. The conference was well attended by about 50 clergy from across the Diocese, although only two from our Deanery,

Read More »

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 suppliers within a few miles of Silsoe. Working under  Maggie Jeeves’ guidance a small team procured the food, including local

Read More »

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 the history of the items as they had a strong association with Wrest Park where the show was coming from

Read More »

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 on the day, but the remainder were in ringing chambers which were somewhat warmer as they were smaller and ventilation

Read More »