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About Us 

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St James is a Church of England presence in the heart of Cobbydale. We are in the Bradford  area of the Leeds Diocese. Predominantly our congregation live in Silsden but we extend a welcome to everyone. There has been a church on this site since 1712. You can read more about the history of the church here.

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
 
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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!

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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.

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

Leadership 

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