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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

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    The Archbishops have issued the following statement today. Bishop of Sheffield: Joint statement by Archbishops of Canterbury and York Friday 24th March 2017 The Archbishops of Canterbury and York made this joint statement today on the recent events surrounding the...
  • Church Times on See of Llandaff
    Updated Today’s Church Times carries another version of the news report linked previously: MPs join row over Llandaff election. This includes a sidebar (scroll down) which reports that the Assistant Bishop of Llandaff, David Wilbourne, is under pressure to resign:...
  • Church in Wales issues further statement about Llandaff
    Updated again Thursday evening This has been issued today: Bishop of Llandaff appointment – statement In response to further questions about the recent Electoral College for the Bishop of Llandaff , the Church in Wales has issued the following statement:...

Daily Bible Verse

  • Fri, 24 March
    How great a love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called God's children. And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1-3)

Diocese of Norwich News

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.