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Daily Bible Verse
  • Sat, 10 December
    Make every effort to be found at peace. Understand that the great patience of God is for your salvation. (2 Peter 3:14-18)
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.


Christmas 2016

Come and join us in South Creake this Christmas

Coastal Chorale Carol Concert Friday 9 December 7:00pm
Service of Readings and Carols Sunday 18 December 2:30pm
Waterden Service of Readings and Carols Saturday 24 December 4:00pm
Midnight Mass 11:30pm

More about our Christmas events

Coastal Chorale Carol Concert - Friday 9 December 7.00pm for 7.30pm
A programme of Christmas carols and seasonal songs given by The Coastal Chorale, a community choir based in Wells and South Creake that has been singing together for three years. Doors open at 7.00pm. Entry £3 to include refreshments.

Service of Readings and Carols - Sunday 18 December 2.30pm
A traditional service of carols and readings for all the family with Christingles for the children.
It's also when we'll be handing in our Reverse Advent Calendar food boxes for the Fakenham Food Bank. Since Advent Sunday, parishioners have been collecting an item of food each day of Advent. After Christmas our donations will be used to help replenish the Food Bank supplies and enable them to cope with the expected increase in demand throughout January.

Waterden Service of Readings and Carols - Christmas Eve 4.00pm
All Saints' Waterden is the other church in South Creake Parish - a tiny Anglo-Saxon building literally out in the fields east of the village. The candlelit carol service  - there is no electric supply -  is hugely popular with up to 150 people squeezing in. It's an extraordinary, not-to-be-missed experience, but make sure you get there early, wrap up warm, and bring a torch and serious footwear for the path across the field. Click here for a map.

Midnight Mass 11.30pm
Come and experience the sharpest and most joyous Midnight Mass for miles around with smells and bells South Creake style. Fr Clive Wylie SCP, our Vicar, is the celebrant and preacher. At Our Lady Saint Mary we are proud of our inclusivityand EVERYONE IS WELCOME.

Church of England News

What's on at St Mary's
Nick Baines's Blog
Musings of a restless bishop
  • Abdication
    This is the text of an article I published today in the Yorkshire Post marking the eightieth anniversary of the abdication of King Edward VIII: It is not every day that a Church of England bishop sparks a constitutional crisis. Especially not a Yorkshire bishop. But, that is exactly what happened eighty years ago on […]
  • Oh. My. God.
    This is the script of this morning's Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans Show in the company of the Kaiser Chiefs, actors Michael Fassbender and Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli: What I am about to tell you is seriously unlikely to change your life, and I don't predict a riot. 90 years ago […]
  • “Scared Christians”
    I knew I shouldn’t have done the interview with PA the other night. That said, I did, and I take responsibility for what followed. For the record (unlike the Daily Mail’s rather selective quotation which is now getting further transmitted and re-shaped – I haven’t seen the original PA copy), what I said in answer […]
Thinking Anglicans
  • The Desert Shall Rejoice and Blossom
    Isaiah says ‘the desert shall rejoice and blossom’. The new series of ‘Planet Earth’ programmes makes us keenly aware of how close desert and fertile land can be. Through time-lapse photography we have seen the transformation of dry land by...
  • Employment Appeal Tribunal judgement in Pemberton case
    Updated with diocesan press release The Employment Appeal Tribunal has today issued its judgement in the case of The Revd Canon Jeremy Pemberton versus the Acting Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, The Rt Revd Richard Inwood. The full text -...
  • Meeting the judge
    And there she was, in my face again. I was having a quiet chat with Jim, and she was there shouting at me again. It was a dispute over a house, and frankly she was not being realistic. That of...
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, physical ability, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality.

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