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.
The Church of All Saints Waterden near South Creake, Norfolk has received initial support from The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for National Lottery funding to help secure its future.
Development funding of £29,100 has been awarded to South Creake Parochial Church Council, which looks after St Mary’s South Creake as well as All Saints’ Waterden, to progress their plans to apply for a full grant of £197,500 in summer 2018.
Made possible by National Lottery Players, the development phase will lead to a project, subject to approval and major funding by the HLF, involving extensive repairs to the church. Additionally, on land leased by the Holkham Estate, a small car park will be built. Signposts, to make the church easier to find, will be erected, a new guide book and interpretation boards and signs will be created, a marketing campaign run to let more people know about the church, and finally a big party will be thrown at the church so the local community can celebrate the completion of the project and learn out about the history and heritage of this remarkable building.
The Grade II* Listed Anglo-Saxon church of All Saints Waterden, which is over 1000 years old, is located very remotely out in the fields 1 ½ miles east of South Creake. The village of Waterden disappeared some 400 years ago but the church remains open as a place of Christian worship and a destination for many visitors and pilgrims even though its immediate community is tiny. Eight services are held there each year and the church is always open.
Commenting on this award, Fr Clive Wylie, Rector of Waterden and Vicar of South Creake, said: “All Saints’ Church is an amazing place at so many levels and I am delighted that, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and National Lottery players, we are taking the first steps to secure its future for the next 100 hundred years.
“That it has survived as a living place of Christian prayer and worship when the village it served disappeared some 400 years ago is remarkable. But what is so striking to anyone who visits this ancient church, remote and hidden as it is even by rural Norfolk standards, is its sense of spirituality, simplicity, and peace. We are determined to go on and complete this project so that many more people from the local community and visitors to North Norfolk can enjoy these qualities.”
We 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:
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."
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.