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Please find below an introduction to our church leaders and members of staff.

David   Susan-Griffiths
Vicar Rev David Griffiths   Rev Susan Griffiths
I come from the once metal bashing Midlands where I once helped to make motor cars. I became disillusioned and went east in search of meaning and adventure. I found neither 
but, to my amazement, I discovered that Jesus fulfilled both.
I have been trying to stay tuned to that wonderful adventurer and introduce others to Him ever since.
  I was born in Eccleshill, Bradford. I used to work for the Civil Service - working for the Inland Revenue as an Inspector of Taxes. I left there, to train for ordained ministry in the Church of England, at St John’s College Nottingham. Since my ordination I have ministered in four churches in the Bradford, now Leeds Diocese. I am married to David and have three adult children.
Neil-Whitaker-800   Jayne
Church Warden Neil Whitaker   Church Warden Jayne Robinson
Neil is originally from Halifax but has lived in Silsden since 1995, being a member of the congregation at St James, Silsden since 1998.  Neil works in the legal profession, in Leeds. He plays the keyboard for our 11.00 service and is a Home Group Leader.   Jayne was born in Keighley and grew up in Silsden where she was confirmed at St James at the age of 12. She has worked at Airedale Hospital most of her working life mainly as a medical secretary. She enjoys working with Churches Together in Silsden and Contact Club.
Brian Goddard   Alison
Deputy Church Warden Brian Goddard   Verger Alison Loryman
Brian has been a member of St James since 2015. He is married to Val and has 2 grown up children and 5 grandchildren. He has led the fundraising campaign for Project 200+, is a Home Group leader and is particularly interested in Bible teaching and understanding the links between Old and New Testament.   Alison has worshipped at St James since she came to live in Silsden in 1997. She is the verger, helping the clergy at weddings and funerals. She also co-leads our lively Wednesday House Group on Zoom and the Bible Course, and has helped run numerous Alpha courses.
PatSmith-150x150   Deborah Thorley
Pat Smith   Deborah Thorley
Pat is from Rawtenstall, Lancashire. She came to worship at St James in 1987 where she became the Mothers’ Union leader, a role she held for many years. Pat was also our church warden for some years until she felt called by God to join the ministry.
She was fully ordained as a Priest (un-paid) in 2011 and retired in 2018. She still plays an active role in the church and Mother' Union, and will also stand in if required to take Holy Communion. 

If you need to contact the Church then please visit the Contact Us page.

Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details here) for our Sunday Services with one at 9:30am and another at 11:00am.  When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team who will be wearing a Welcome lanyard.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits in the hall between the services.  It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. We ask for a small contribution towards the refreshments. If you are coming to the 11.00 service refreshments will be available from about 10.15 onwards.

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access through the Community Hall, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There is a disabled toilet at the back of church as well as in the hall.

Our Services

The 9.30 service is a formal Holy Communion led by either David or Susan. We have an organist on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, other weeks we use videos created by St Martin-in-the-Fields Anglican Church. The service lasts about 50 minutes. All of the service is broadcast onto a TV at the front of the church. It is uploaded to Youtube.

The 11.00 service is a less formal gathering and will be different every week. Music is provided by videos on the screen, or by a keyboard player. There will be readings, a talk, sometimes there is congregational participation. We try to have members of the congregation involved as much as possible. The services are put together by David or Susan or another group within the church - for example one of the home groups.

At the end of both services we share news and notices, usually about what’s going on in the life of the church - plus a Birthday slot with chocolate for the birthday person!

images: Services

What about my kids?

Unfortunately at the moment we do not have enough children attending the services to make Children's Work viable, although we would love this to change.
We have a table and chairs at the back of church with a box of toys and activities available. There are also bags for younger children containing a toy, some crayons and paper, and a couple of books.


Getting Connected

Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have several groups that meet throughout the week. Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. 

Other Ministries
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
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Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?

Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.


David - COPY   Susan-Griffiths - COPY
Rev David Griffiths   Rev Susan Griffiths
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Best Wishes

David and Susan
Val Goddard, 24/08/2012