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Welcome to the Church of Our Lady Saint Mary South Creake

Festal Eurcharist Easter Day 2017

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

Evening of Light Entertainment with Hunstanton Community Choir Saturday 28 April

The Benefice of North Creake, South Creake with Waterden, Syderstone with Barmer and Sculthorpe presents The Hunstanton Community Choir.
An evening of varied light entertainment at the Church of Our Lady Saint Mary South Creake on Saturday 28 April 2018 at 7.00pm. Tickets £6 at the door.
Proceeds in aid of Benefice church funds.


Bach Cantatas - Yorke Trust Saturday 7 April at Our Lady Saint Mary

Yorke Trust Bach Cantatas 4, 22, 66 and 151 with the Creakes Student Chorus and Sinfonia
Conductor - James Hendry
Course Director - Alexander Crowe
Friday 6 April 7.00pm The Chapel of Saint Nicholas, King's Lynn
Saturday 7 April 7.00pm - Our Lady Saint Mary, South Creake
Tickets: £18.00 from Wells-next-the-Sea Tourist Information Centre www.wellsmaltings.org.uk


All Saints' Church Waterden - securing and sharing the heritage of a hidden Norfolk treasure

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.”



Thinking Anglicans

  • Further reports on abuse survivor Matthew Ineson
    in other news related to safeguarding, the Church Times last Friday carried a report on the case of Matthew Ineson. See Sex abuse survivor Matthew Ineson criticises ‘inaction’ of senior clerics in BBC programme. Also, the Church of England Newspaper...
  • Bishop of Shrewsbury to leave
    The Area Bishop of Shrewsbury in the diocese of Lichfield, the Rt Revd Mark Rylands, has announced that he has chosen to leave his role for a return to parish ministry in Exeter Diocese. He will continue as Bishop of...
  • IICSA hearings - Friday 16 March
    Updated Friday’s transcript is now available here. Next week’s schedule is published here. Statement from Archbishop of Canterbury on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, IICSA (The archbishop is scheduled to appear on Wednesday) Media reports and comment: Church...

Daily Bible Verse

  • Tue, 20 March
    God is trustworthy in all his words and loving in all he does. God supports those who stumble and lifts up those who are bowed down. (Psalms 145)

Diocese of Norwich News

  • New Archdeacon of Lynn announced
    The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James, has announced the appointment of the Revd Canon Ian Bentley as the next Archdeacon of Lynn.

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.