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Daily Bible Verse
  • Wed, 5 August
    Jesus said: The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you. (John 14:21-26)
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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Yorke Trust: A Taste of Opera 25 - 26 July

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 July A Taste of Opera - The Tudors
An exciting evening with a Tudor theme: dinner and opera at St Mary’s Church, South Creake
Tickets - £45 Yorke Trust Box Office


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.


Pets Service Sunday 30 August 3.00 pm

Bring your animals and other family to our Pets Service in the church yard (in church if wet).

Dogs, cats, budgies, in fact . . . all pets welcome.

This will be a simple, fun service conducted by Fr Clive to celebrate the joy and happiness brought into our lives by our pets.

Please do come and bring your friends (human and animal) with you.


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
  • Curiosity
    This is the text of this morning's Pause for Thought on the Chris Evans Show on BBC Radio 2 with Brian Cox, John Lloyd, Rebecca Front and Nerina Pallot in the studio. We have lots of foreign visitors to stay with us. Last night we had some friends from Switzerland and it was great to […]
  • Is your love big enough?
    This is the script of this morning's Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans Show with Sara Cox and guests: Gabby Logan, Josh Gad and Lianne LaHavas. (There are ten of Liane's song titles and a reference to the work of Josh Gad and Gabby Logan for good measure.) Well, I might as […]
  • Earthing the church in West Yorkshire and the Dales
    This is the text of my Presidential Address to the third and final Diocesan Synod of this new diocese held in Harrogate on Saturday 18 July 2015: This is clearly a week for endings. On Monday evening the General Synod finished its quinquennial stretch with some sense of relief that at least one of the […]
Thinking Anglicans
  • Church views on the Calais refugee crisis
    Madeleine Davies reports in the Church Times on various statements made recently by Church of England bishops: Bishops critical of Government over migrant crisis. The article she mentions from the Observer quoting the Bishop of Dover, Trevor Willmott, is here:...
  • opinion
    The Bishop of Stepney’s sermon at the consecration of Rachel Treweek and Sarah Mullally Robert Chalmers Newsweek Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby Interview: ‘I Have No Right to Be Here’ Eleanor Course Christ, comic books and popular culture Philip Jones...
  • First report from Independent Reviewer: Chrism Masses
    The first report of the Independent Reviewer in relation to resolving disputes arising from the operation of the House of Bishops’ Declaration is now available and can be read here. First report from Independent Reviewer 31 July 2015 As part...
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.