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Welcome to the Church of Our Lady Saint Mary South Creake

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The Church of Our Lady Saint Mary South Creake is one of the most beautiful and spiritually uplifting churches in England. Come and visit us - we're open every day of the year. Click here for How to Find Us. Have a browse through our picture Gallery to see our famous angel roof and the other treasures of this amazing Grade I Listed north Norfolk church. 

Our Sunday Eucharist is at 9.30 am (for very occasional variations see the Calendar to the right). It's inclusive Common Worship in the Anglo-Catholic tradition with incense and bells and a friendly welcome to visitors.

On our FAQs page we answer, or attempt to answer, some of the more commonly asked questions about our Church and our Christian faith.

Latest News and Events

Yorke Trust Summer Opera - Orfeo ed Euridice by Gluck

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Friday 20 and Saturday 21 July at 7.30

The Yorke Trust’s third community opera project is Orfeo ed Euridice by Gluck. This thrilling production, made famous in this country by Kathleen Ferrier, will be presented by Jennifer Hamilton, conducted by Adam Johnson and sung in Italian.

The orchestra and soloists are being drawn from the most promising emerging students and young professionals in collaboration with community choristers.Performances take place at St Mary’s Parish Church, South Creake, NR21 9LX on Friday 20th & Saturday 21st July at 7.30.

Tickets: £10.00 and free for under 16s, are available on the door or in advance from www.yorketrust.org or www.wellsmaltings.org.uk

Doors open at 6.30


Lecture by Peter Stanford 29 July 6.00pm at Waterden

Lecture by Peter Stanford, Writer and Journalist, 29 July 6.00pm at All Saints' Waterden promoted by the Friends of All Saints' Waterden.

Peter Stanford, the celebrated writer, journalist, broadcaster and biographer, has written widely over the last 35 years on religion and the challenges of faith and belief. In his 2010 book The Extra Mile: A 21st century Pilgrimage, in which Stanford visits as a pilgrim some of the most ancient religious sites in Britain, taking the spiritual temperature of our apparently secular and sceptical age, he talks movingly about the silence and mystery of All Saints' Waterden and in this talk he will expand on the rich topic of pilgrimage.

Wine, soft drinks, and nibbles served. Entry free but donations in aid of the Friends' funds will be gladly accepted.


Talk by Gerard Stamp - 'Artistic License' 4 August 6.30pm

Gerard Stamp 300x240Talk by Gerard Stamp Artistic License on Saturday 4 August 6.00pm for 6.30pm at Our Lady Saint Mary

Gerard Stamp is a Norfolk painter with a passion for painting churches. In his illustrated talk, Artistic License, Gerard will explore, with an emphasis on the Norwich School of Painters, whether painting provides an accurate window into the past, and attempt to find how the same scenes look now.
This event is promoted by the Norfolk Churches Trust to coincide with the Diocese of Norwich's event Celebrating Open Churches.

Drinks are from 6.00pm with the talk starting at 6.30pm followed by Q&As. £10 suggested donation in aid of the Norfolk Churches Trust. To reserve places and for further information, please contact Fiona Fraser 01328 738 243 or email fmfraser7@gmail.com


Waterden Open Day 5 August 12 noon - 5.00pm

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To coincide with the Diocese of Norwich's event Celebrating Open Churches, the Friends of All Saints' Waterden are organizing an open day at Waterden. There will be people at the church all day to greet visitors and there will be three talks: one on the planned repair project (to be given by the architect, Iain Walker of Nicholas Warns Architects); a second on the history and architecture of the church (by ‘Lyn Stilgoe of the Norfolk Churches Trust); and the third on wildlife at Waterden (by local naturalist Lin Brice).


South Creake Lectures 2018

The South Creake Lectures return again this autumn for their fourth series with Dr Malcolm Guite, on Friday 5 October and Professor Nick Hardwick on Friday 26 October.

Entry to all lectures is free and unticketed

Friday 5 October 2018 7.00pm Dr Malcolm Guite

‘Imagination Bodies Forth’: Incarnation and Poetry

Starting with Shakespeare’s playful definition of poetry, Poet and Priest Malcolm Guite explores the connections and resonance between the workings of the poetic imagination and the Christianaffirmation that in Christ the Word has been made flesh. What is the relation between poetry and Spirituality? To what extent can we trust the imagination, alongside reason, as a truth-bearing faculty? His lecture will be illustrated with examples of classic and contemporary poetry. Dr Guite is a Bye-Fellow and chaplain of Girton College, Cambridge. He has written eight books, five of which are his own poetry. His most recent, Mariner: A Voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, published in 2017, is a biography of the poet. He also plays in Cambridge rock band Mystery Train.  

Friday 26 October 2018 7.00pm Professor Nick Hardwick

What’s Going on Behind Prison Walls?

Nelson Mandela famously said: “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” The media has been full of reports of deteriorating conditions in prisons with rising levels of suicide, violence and drug availability. There has been controversy and surprise about decision to release some notorious offenders on parole. So, what's really going on behind prison walls - and would we be happy to be judged by how we currently treat our 'lowest citizens' as Mandela suggests? Nick Hardwick, who is Professor in Criminal Justice, Royal Holloway University of London, and was Chair of the Parole Board for England and Wales from 2016 - 2018, and before that Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons, will aim to take his audience through prison gates and into the parole hearing room to discuss the practical and ethical issues of how we should treat those who offend against us.


Thinking Anglicans

  • Opinion – 21 July 2018
    Daniel Hill Law & Religion UK The State and Marriage III: Objections to the Cutting of the Connection Archdruid Eileen The Beaker Folk of Husborne Crawley The Immigration Policy of Heaven Andy Griffiths Church Times Clergy must refuse to be indispensable “Building teams to carry out ministry is better for the health of the incumbent and the […]
  • New CofE policy on granting of Permission to Officiate
    The Church of England’s House of Bishops Delegation Committee has approved a new Policy on Granting Permission to Officiate. The Church Times reports: Clerics under investigation for abuse may be barred from ministering under new safeguarding rules. PERMISSION to officiate (PTO) will be refused or withdrawn from clerics who are under police investigation over allegations […]
  • Religion and Belief in Schools
    Charles Clarke and Linda Woodhead have published a revised version of their 2015 report: A New Settlement Revised: Religion and Belief in Schools. Our report on the original version of this can be found here. The Church of England has issued a response. The Church Times has reported on it: Don’t use faith to decide who gets […]

Daily Bible Verse

  • Sat, 21 July
    God wanted all his fullness to dwell in Christ, and through him to reconcile all things to himself. (Colossians 1:15-20)

Diocese of Norwich News

  • Remembrance 100: Norfolk churches offered free books
    On August 4, churches across the country will start 100 days of prayer, peace and reconciliation to mark 100 years since the end of World War I. To help in remembrance, a Norfolk charity is offering free commemorative booklets for young people to churches across the county.

Statement of Inclusivity

South Creake Parochial Church Council, which has the care of the churches of Our Lady Saint Mary South Creake and All Saints Waterden, fully supports and accepts the ordination of both men and women as deacons, priests and bishops in the Church of England and in the wider Anglican Communion. We welcome everyone to the family of our churches regardless of their age, physical ability, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality.

This statement was formally and unanimously agreed at South Creake Annual Parochial Church Meeting on 9 April 2014.

Data Privacy Policy

South Creake Parochial Church Council's Data Privacy Policy can be downloaded here.