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Welcome to the Church of Our Lady Saint Mary South Creake

Spencer Means OLSM roodscreen naveroof 1000pxThe nave roof seen through the rood screen © Spencer Means

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

Small Pilgrim Places Network

1 SPPN Logo CTA borderWe are delighted to announce that All Saints' Waterden has become a member of the Small Pilgrim Places Network.

SPPN is made up of locations around the country where people can find peace and quiet in spiritual and prayerful surroundings. Looking at the attributes that SPPN seek in their members, you can see why Waterden is such a good fit.

Small Pilgrim Places are:

  • Spaces for pondering, breathing, meditating, praying and ‘being’;
  • Small places, not those already on the map, well-known, or that draw crowds;
  • Simple, quiet and unpretentious, with the presence of the Divine;
  • Places of worship, gardens, ruins, open spaces, holy wells, etc.;
  • Welcoming and inclusive.


Inclusive Church

The Church of Our Lady Saint Mary is delighted to have become a member of Inclusive Church.

Inclusive Church is a group of Christians uniting together around this statement of belief: "We believe in inclusive Church - church which does not discriminate, on any level, on grounds of economic power, gender, mental health, physical ability, race or sexuality. We believe in Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ."


2017 South Creake Lectures - food for the mind and soul

The South Creake Lectures return again this autumn for their third series and the programme has now been announced with Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, on Friday 8 Septermber, Dame Fiona Reynolds, Master of Emmanuel College Cambridge, on Friday 22 September, and Giles Waller, School of Divinity Cambridge, on Tuesday 31 October. Entry to all lectures is free and unticketed.

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Thinking Anglicans

  • Radical Inclusion: two bishops write about this
    The Bishop of Liverpool Paul Bayes has written this: Bishop Paul pledges to examine how we explore “Radical Inclusion” in our diocese …The debate gave me the opportunity to speak to Synod and my speech is copied below. You will...
  • Opinion - 18 February 2017
    Kelvin Holdsworth What is really going on in the Church of England Giles Fraser The Guardian The clergy has moved on. It’s the bishops who are out of touch Colin Coward Unadulterated Love Double amber - proceed with extreme caution...
  • Archbishops' letter - responses and press reports
    OneBodyOneFaith Archbishops’ bold proposal for radical inclusion OneBodyOneFaith welcomes the Church of England Archbishops’ bold proposal for a new and inclusive process following defeat of GS2055 In response to the joint letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York released...

Daily Bible Verse

  • Wed, 22 February
    God's promises have been given us so that we may share God's own nature. (2 Peter 1:1-8)

Diocese News

  • APCM forms now available
    Updated forms for Annual Parochial Church Meetings can now be found on the Church of England's Parish Resources website.

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.