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Daily Bible Verse
  • Wed, 29 April
    All creation retains the hope of being freed from its slavery to decay in order to enter the glorious freedom of the children of God. (Romans 8:18-25)
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.


Reprise! Cabaret Evening

2 May 7.00pm St Mary’s South Creake


This fundraising event for St Mary’s will be a treat for anyone who loves the musical theatre. Formed in 2005, reprise! is a company of eight experienced musical theatre performers who regularly appear in productions with amateur societies and theatre groups around Norfolk. Tickets at £10 will include a 2-course supper (bring your own wine) and are available from our churchwardens Barbara Allen and Alison Wakeman.


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

What's on at St Mary's
Nick Baines's Blog
Musings of a restless bishop
  • 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 […]
  • First birthday
    Today the Diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales (Leeds) is one year old. The three historic dioceses of Bradford, Ripon & Leeds and Wakefield were dissolved on 20 April 2014 – Easter Day – and life has been interesting since then. We could celebrate a pile of appointments and a load of work that […]
  • Where the Sun (still) don’t shine
    A couple of days ago Katie Hopkins wrote a piece in the Sun newspaper in which she called migrants on the Mediterranean “cockroaches”. The Sun saw fit to publish this. She would prefer to send gunships to desperate migrants rather than rescue ships. Today it is reported that up to 700 migrants might have drowned […]
Thinking Anglicans
  • Participants reflect on the Shared Conversations
    Two people so far have written about their experiences at the first regional session of the Shared Conversations. This involved dioceses in the South West. The second session takes place this coming week for Yorkshire dioceses. Rose Grigg has written...
  • General Synod miscellaneous
    The Report of Proceedings of the February 2015 meeting of General Synod is now available online. This comprises a verbatim transcript of the complete proceedings. It also includes the questions (and their answers) that were for written answer and those...
  • Sharpe v Bishop of Worcester
    I reported here on this week’s decision of the Court of Appeal in Sharpe v Bishop of Worcester that Mr Sharpe was not an “employee” of the Bishop of Worcester or a “worker” for the purposes of employment law. I...
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.