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Daily Bible Verse
  • Mon, 25 May
    May there be no divisions among you. Be closely united in mind and thought. (1 Corinthians 1:10-13)
Diocesan News

Welcome to the Church of Our Lady Saint Mary South Creake

Easter Day 2015 Festal Eucharist Congregation
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 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 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. 

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 South Creake Lectures

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Friday 4 September 2015 7.00pm

Dr Juliet Barker - Agincourt Revisited

2015 marks the 600th anniversary of Henry V’s victory at the battle of Agincourt in celebration of which it is said that South Creake’s wonderful angel roof was raised. Why more generally do we still remember that battle? What really happened on that day in 1415? Who were Henry V's 'band of brothers' who conquered the might of France? Dr Juliet Barker, one of the leading historians of this period, will discuss these and other questions in her talk to commemorate this most famous of medieval battles.

Entry free

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Friday 2 October 2015 7.00pm

Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans - Making Sense of the Bible

Jeffrey John writes: ‘Lots of people have been put off reading and studying the Bible by inadequate, usually over-literal, presentations of it in schools, churches, university Christian Unions and elsewhere. Making sense of the Bible today involves asking questions about the authors’ original context and intention, which may be very different from the superficial, literal, meaning. This lecture explains – entertainingly, I hope – what real Bible study is about, and shows why so far from undermining faith, it strengthens it and creates a thirst to learn more.’

Entry free

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Summer Fête

Summer Fête 2.00 pm 12 July

As usual in the churchyard - tombola, plant and produce, second hand books, bric-à-brac, raffles, games and treasure hunt, teas (delicious teas) and lots, lots, more.  Come along and enjoy yourselves.


North Norfolk Music Festival 11-22 August 2015

We are delighted to welcome the North Norfolk Music Festival to St Mary's South Creake for this their eleventh festival season.

Full details of the programme can be found here.


Fields of Vision 29 August - 12 September

The Second South Creake Visual Art Festival

Fields of Vision logoAfter a highly successful inaugural event in 2013 Fields of Vision returns to Our Lady Saint Mary in 2015. This is a multi-arts exhibition, combining the talents of a group of acclaimed creative practitioners and the unique space of one of the finest mediaeval churches in Norfolk.  An eclectic mix of artists who have individually exhibited nationally and internationally but have not previously shown together will display their works in St Mary's from Saturday 29 August - Saturday 12 September.  Entrance to the exhibition is free.


Church of England News

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Nick Baines's Blog
Musings of a restless bishop
  • Grief and forgiveness
    This is the text of this morning's Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4's Today programme: Prince Charles in Ireland Prince Charles's speeches in Ireland this week have been profoundly moving. It seems to me that he did three things. Firstly, he identified with the suffering of Ireland over centuries and, particularly, more recently. […]
  • Post-election blues
    Well, if we had any suspicion about polls before, we certainly do now. And, if we needed any confirmation that politicians should tell us the truth and not play to the polls, we certainly have it now. Like almost everyone else (including the Prime Minister), I expected another coalition and a bit of a mess […]
  • General Election 2015
    I led a clergy study day in Leeds this week on the theme 'Theology of Hope'. I wanted to help us think about our ministry in terms opened up by the theologians Jürgen Moltmann and Walter Brueggemann. Inevitably, I dropped in my concise summary of Christian motivation – that we are drawn by hope and […]
Thinking Anglicans
  • Church of Ireland responds to Irish referendum result
    The Church of Ireland has issued the following press release: A Statement from the Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of Ireland Following the Result of the Marriage Referendum (RoI) The archbishops and bishops of the Church of Ireland wish...
  • Irish people vote Yes in referendum on marriage equality
    Results received at the Central Count Centre for the referendum on the Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage Equality) Bill 2015. Turnout 60.52 Yes/Tá 62.07% No/Níl 37.93% Latest Summary - national position Electorate: 3,221,681 Total poll: 1,949,725 Percentage turnout: 60.52%...
  • opinion
    Kate Bottley The Guardian I’m the vicar on Gogglebox, but that’s not the only funny thing about me In Church Times Michael Palin writes about churches that have meant the most to him in my seven of the best, and...
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, gender, or sexuality.

This statement was formally and unanimously agreed at South Creake Annual Parochial Church Meeting on 9 April 2014.