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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

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.”

 

 

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."

 

Thinking Anglicans

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    The Church Times this week carries a report on New Zealand: Priests could be authorised to offer same-sex blessings in New Zealand Here are some links from New Zealand that contain more information: AnglicanTaonga New way forward? Report out now...
  • Opinion - 12 August 2017
    Paul Bayes Huffington Post UK The Life And Death Divide Which Shames Our Nation This refers to this research report North-South disparities in English mortality1965–2015: longitudinal population study by Iain E Buchan, Evangelos Kontopantelis, Matthew Sperrin, Tarani Chandola, Tim Doran....

Daily Bible Verse

  • Thu, 17 August
    With thankfulness on my lips, I will praise the Lord before all people. For he stands at the side of the poor to save them from those who condemn them. (Psalms 109:21-31)

Diocese of Norwich News

  • New Readers to be licensed – could it be you too?
    Seven new readers will be licenced at Readers Day on 2 September at Norwich Cathedral. Each has their own story of how they have felt called to serve in this way and their own unique gifting and character to bring to this form of ministry. Reader ministry has been in existence for 151 years, and Readers (sometimes called ‘Licensed Lay Ministers’) are a mainstay of the Church of England.

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.