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.
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 surfaces were beautifully decorated with a wide range of flowers, many of them reflecting the spring
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 Church main gates.
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 to the Church. Parents and children gather to begin the Walk of Witness following a prayer
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 and Rachel Barnes. They performed beautifully and with great confidence, despite the large congregation in the
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 over 100 years and in the 1950s there were about 2,000 Jews. This number had declined
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 this year’s tasting was “New Year, New World, New Wines” and Emma had chosen 3 white
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 Biscoe, Secretary of PCC, a completed form by 18 March 2019. Forms are now available by contacting
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