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Daily Bible Verse
  • Wed, 3 June
    Jesus said: I am not here on my own, but the one who sent me is true. I know him because I am from him and he sent me. (John 7:25-30)
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

What's on at St Mary's
Nick Baines's Blog
Musings of a restless bishop
  • First speech in the House of Lords
    This is the text of my maiden speech – for better or worse – in the House of Lords this afternoon. It should be viewable here. My Lords, I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in this debate – especially given the kindness I have already met in this House since being introduced in […]
  • When things go wrong…
    This is the text of this morning’s Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans Show – with Chris just having returned from the Monaco Grand Prix: Well, there I was at the weekend, listening to some old Bruce Cockburn stuff, when, in one of those coincidences you just can’t plan for, Lewis Hamilton’s […]
  • The best of religious broadcasting
    Tomorrow evening I will be chairing the 2015 Sandford St Martin Awards ceremony at Lambeth Palace. These annual awards are prestigious and pull in some amazing examples of excellent programming. The re-shaped Trust has this year attracted an enormous number of entries in three categories: television, radio and – for the first time – children. […]
Thinking Anglicans
  • God - he or she?
    Updated How to refer to God - male, female, both or neither - has become a hot topic in the media in the last few days, as the long list below testifies. It appears to have started with this article...
  • opinion
    Adrian Chiles BBC What I learnt from 46 consecutive days in church Mark Woods Christian Today 10 bad preaching habits which must be stopped Ruth Gledhill Christian Today The wonderful world of the Christian Resources Exhibition Stephen Heard Archbishop Cranmer...
  • Vicar declines to baptise child of unmarried parents
    Updated yet again 2 June The Vicar of St. John’s Church, Dukinfield, in the Diocese of Chester, has declined to baptise a baby, unless the parents agreed to get married first. The story is reported in two national newspapers: Express...
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.