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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

Restricted Access to Waterden Church during Restoration Works

Work is starting on the major restoration and improvement works to All Saints' Waterden.

On 2 December 2018 contractors will arrive on site to build the new car park near Waterden Lane. This work will be completed in time for the 2018 Service of Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve but between now and then there will be no access to the church from the normal entrance off the lane. Alternative access can be found by approaching the west end of the church from the public footpath that runs north off the lane just down the hill past the Old Rectory.

The works to the church itself start on 2 January 2019 and the church will then be totally closed to visitors until summer 2019. We apologize for this but there is no alternative to complete closure. We will post again once we know the precise re-opening date.

 

Heritage Lottery Fund Success for Waterden

South Creake Parochial Church Council has received a confirmed National Lottery grant of £182,000 for vital restoration work to the ancient church of All Saints’ Waterden. This hidden and remote North Norfolk gem nestles in the fields near the site of a lost mediaeval village.

Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the support through the Heritage Lottery Fund aims to make the roof and porch watertight, combat damp, repair walls and do other essential work to preserve the 11th century gem for future generations. This work is much needed. Although services and other events are held in the church, its poor condition means it is on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register.

The project will secure the church’s fabric but its simple charm will remain unchanged. It has no electricity or water and that is how it will stay.

As well as the National Lottery grant, the project, costing £235,000 in total, is being made possible by generous donations from other grant funders. The Norfolk Churches Trust are donating £10,000, the Garfield Weston Foundation £7,500, and the Geoffrey Watling Charity £1,000. The nearby Holkham Estate has also given £3,000.

As part of the project, research into the history of the church and the nearby lost village of Waterden will also be carried out. The village disappeared in the late Middle Ages but it is unclear why. New literature will be prepared to inform the public about the Grade II listed building and the village.

The project will also ensure that the beautiful church becomes better known and is made more accessible to visitors and worshippers. They will be helped by a small new car park set well away from the church on land leased from the Holkham Estate, an orientation board in the car park, and new road signs. The programme of community involvement with this much-loved place will be stepped up.

A community group, the Friends of All Saints’ Waterden, has been established to help to care for the church and to maintain the churchyard. In addition to raising funds for the maintenance of the church, the Friends hold events to stimulate interest in it and to share its beauty and spirituality.

All Saints has a venerable history. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 and is a jumble of architectural styles from Norman to early English and Tudor. A storm in the early 17th century caused part of the nave to collapse but the church kept going and now holds eight services a year including a popular candlelit Carol Service on Christmas Eve for the local community.

The church is remote even by the standards of North Norfolk and its peaceful charm has attracted some well-known people. The playwright Alan Bennett has written about it in his diaries and the cartoonist Osbert Lancaster drew a delightful line drawing of the church.

Fr Clive Wylie, Rector of Waterden and Vicar of South Creake, said: “All Saints’ Church is a wonderful place of great spirituality and peace. I am delighted that we have received this support for our 1,000-year-old church thanks to the National Lottery players and I hope it will help to secure its future for another 1,000 years.”

Robyn Llewellyn, Head of HLF, East of England said: “We have been delighted to support All Saints’ Waterden, to carry out urgent repairs and to make the history of this fascinating church accessible to more people. Thank you to the National Lottery players who have made it possible.”

Thinking Anglicans

14 December 2018

  • Report from the December House of Bishops
    The Church of England House of Bishops met this week. The following report was issued today. Report from the December House of Bishops12/12/2018 The House of Bishops met in London at Lambeth Palace from the 10th to the 12th of December. The agenda was wide ranging. On the first day, the bishops considered the priorities […]
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    There have been strong conservative responses to the recent announcement from the Church of England’s House of Bishops. Christian Concern has published this: New CofE guidance on gender transition services follows “devastating trajectory”. Lee Gatiss of Church Society has written Transitioning a Liturgy which helpfully includes links to previous materials from that source on this topic. Ian Paul […]
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Daily Bible Verse

14 December 2018

  • Fri, 14 December
    The flock you chose, Lord, is alone in the wilderness. Shepherd your people and lead them to pasture. (Micah 7:14-20)

Diocese of Norwich News

14 December 2018

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.

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