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If you are thinking of getting married in church at either the Church of Our Lady Saint Mary South Creake or the Church of All Saints Waterden, speak in the first instance to the Rector, Fr Clive Wylie. His contact details can be found here. It is very important that you do this before setting a date or booking reception venues. 

Although we use the word "marriage," the Church offers something quite distinctive, which is more fully called Holy Matrimony. This is the formal union of a man and a woman by which they become husband and wife. Christian marriage places this state completely within the provenance of God (hence it is holy), and holds the example of Jesus The Christ as the way to live together in all circumstances. The Church of England thoroughly believes in marriage for the wellbeing of individuals and society; it also upholds this union as the optimum relationship in which the vocation of parenthood is exercised.

If you are thinking of embarking on this great adventure of commitment, you can contact us to talk it over if you want a "sounding board," or, if the question has already been popped - and accepted! - we are here to help you through the preparation, ceremony, and your subsequent new life together.

Thanks to a change in the law a few years ago, there are now several more connections to a parish church that enable you to marry there, in addition to the previous residential and church electoral roll laws, which remain extant.

They are...

If one of you:
has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months *
was baptised in the parish concerned
was prepared for confirmation in the parish
has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months
(NB. this is not a device by which attendance is simply to qualify; it is for people who have been in the past - or are becoming, as ongoing members - part of the relevant worshipping community. You cannot set a date based on an assumption that you just turn up for 6 months before the wedding.)

that one of your parents, at any time after you were born has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 month *
has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months

that one of your parents or grandparents was married in the parish

* Residency means that it is your permanent and main residency. If you are claiming that there is a connection through a holiday or second home, proof will be required that one of you or your parents (during the lifetime of the relevant person getting married), had previous residential status; this will normally mean that that person's name was on the government roll of electors for the required time qualification.

There are a few finer points that may need to be explained (eg there is a special procedure if either of you has been married before and that former spouse is still alive). In any case, you will be speaking to the Rector in order to arrange the wedding, so feel free to ask him specific questions.

In the meantime, the Church of England has a site that you may find of further use in thinking about and arranging your wedding here

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Messy Church

  • is a way of being church for families involving fun

  • is found across the world

  • values are about being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration

Our Messy Church is organized as a Benefice event and takes place at Blenheim Park Community Primary School monthly during term time at 3.15pm. It's fun and informal and nothing like a traditional church service or even the Sunday School you may remember from your childhood. For more information contact contact Alison Wakeman.


Closure of All Saints' Waterden during restoration work


A major restoration project is starting at Waterden on 2 January 2019 and will continue through until the summer. During these works, the church will be completely closed to visitors.

In anticipation of the successful completion of the project, the Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick, Bishop of Lynn, has agreed to Rededicate the church at a Festal Evensong on Sunday 18 August at 3.00pm.

Following the Rededication the church will reopen to visitors and the normal pattern of sevices will resume with:

Harvest Festival Sunday - 15 September 6.00pm

Patronal Festival: Holy Communion (CW) - Friday 1 November

Service of Lessons and Carols - Christmas Eve 4.00pm



All Saints' Waterden is a chapel of ease in the Parish of South Creake. The village of Waterden, that the church once served, disappeared hundreds of years ago and All Saints' stands alone right out in the fields accompanied only by its Victorian Old Rectory (a rather larger building than the church itself). To help you find the church, there's a map at the bottom of this page.

There is no electricity so, with the exception of the Christmas Eve Carol Service which is candlelit and the daytime Patronal Festival, services are held there in the summer months only.


How to find All Saints' Waterden

The church is 100 yards off Waterden Lane down a grass track partly hidden by trees. It can be accessed either from the B1105 Fakenham - Wells road or from the B1355 Fakenham - Burnham Market road. Parking is on verge in the lane. The Old Rectory is easily visible from the lane so, if you can see that, you are close.

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