St James Church, Silsden

St James Church, Silsden

St James Church, Kirkgate, Silsden, West Yorkshire BD20 0PB
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St James Church, Silsden runs a number of weekly and monthly groups throughout the week that everyone is welcome to join. Flower arranging, bell ringing and a gardening group.

We are a group of ordinary people who believe that church is a great place to make friends and experience God together. We are a family who believe that church should not only be great fun but also a place where lives are radically transformed.

We are a group of ordinary people who believe that church is a great place to make friends and experience God together. We are a family who believe that church should not only be great fun but also a place where lives are radically transformed.

The first Sunday of the month we hold a "Gathering" Service. A light breakfast is served at 9.15am in the church hall, and this is followed at 10am by an informal "cafe-type" service, sat around the coffee tables. There is singing, a talk, and discussion in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. This is followed at 11.00 by a brief Holy Communion Service - with no hymns, in the church. You are welcome to come to both, just the Gathering, or come along later for just the Communion.

The rest of the month our two services are designed to cater to all tastes. The earlier service at 9.30 is a traditional Holy Communion Service lasting approximately 45 minutes. Twice a month there is an organist and we sing hymns both traditional and more modern. On other weeks we accompany recorded singing from a choir at St Martin in the Fields.

The second service, at 11.00, is a more contemporary, and less formal, service. Different topics are covered each week, taken by different members of the congregation. Newer songs are sung, either accompanied by a keyboard, or video recording, but we also have time for the old faithfuls.

In between the services, starting about 10.15, there are refreshments served in the community hall, and a time of fellowship enjoyed by all.

At the back of church there is room for children to sit and complete colouring sheets and/or puzzle sheets. We also have a selection of bags containing toys, books, crayons and paper for toddlers.

We play a big part in Churches together in Silsden, alongside the Methodists and Catholics. We also have involvement with several community groups such as Silsden Gala, Christmas market and Nativity