Welcome Message

Prayer, Witness and Service

Welcome to the website for the Waterside Group of Churches (Benefice), we are a group of church communities committed to following Jesus and sharing his love in the heart of the Norfolk Broads. Our four parish churches including All Saints, Catfield, St. Mary's, Hickling, St. Catherine’s, Ludham and St. Nicholas, Potter Heigham. A warm welcome can be found at all of our churches, we look forward to greeting new visitors and old friends alike.

The four churches of the Waterside Benefice are committed to providing a welcome to all members of the community and our many visitors. We do this through prayer, visible witness and practical involvement in our individual parishes and in our community.

The Waterside Group has a deep desire to show the Grace of God in its community, guided by the example of Jesus Christ.

The Churches of the Waterside Group Benefice

All Saints, Catfield

The church at Catfield was completely rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries, built in traditional Anglian flint and stone. The oldest part of the church is the 14th century west tower. In the tower is a first floor chamber used as a residence by the priest. It contains a fireplace and recessed stone cupboard, with light from four narrow lancet windows. Above the nave arcades are traces of wall paintings. One thought to have been painted around 1377 and shows Stephen kneeling in prayer, while two men throw stones. All Saints contains many more treasures click on the link below to discover more and to find out about our services.

St Mary's, Hickling

St. Mary's church was built in the 13th century by the canons of Hickling Priory, founded by the Valoins family in 1185. Hickling village is situated on the edge of the Hickling Broads, a popular destination for tourists and holiday makers. St. Mary's is said to be a gem of a historic building, in a beautiful setting. The striking west tower is perhaps the best feature of the church. It stands 90 feet high, with diagonal corner buttresses rising over 3 stages high towards an embattled top. For more information about the church and services held there click on the link below.

St Catherine's, Ludham

St Catherine's church sits at the centre of the pretty village of Ludham. Its size and splendour is a reminder of Ludham's wealth in the heady days of the 14th and 15th centuries, when Norfolk thrived on the proceeds of the wool trade. The present church was begun in the 14th century, but only the striking west tower and the chancel date from this period. The nave was rebuilt in the 15th century in Perpendicular style and given a superb hammer-beam roof of oak. St. Catherine's contains many uniqe and interisting features click on the link below for more information about these and services and events held in the church.

St Nicholas, Potter Heigham

Situated in a quiet spot amongst trees at the edge of the village. St Nicholas is one of Norfolks round tower churches, an early round tower rising over 10 meters has an embattled octagon belfry added around C14. Remarkable are the six tall Perpendicular clerestory windows on both north and south sides of the church topped by a neatly thatched roof. Inside can be found a striking brick font and many wall paintings the best are the Seven Works of Mercy in the south aisle. For more about these wall paintings and to find out about services click on the link below.

Services

The Waterside Group has a monthly Benefice Holy Communion Service on the first Sunday of each month. This service will be held in one of the parish churches each month, please check our calendar for details.
The regular pattern of services during the rest of the month may be a service of Holy Communion or Morning Worship held in each of the parish churches.

Please see below for the times of each service and look on the calendar for more details.

  • All Saints, Catfield - 9.30am
  • St. Mary, Hickling - 10.00am
  • St. Catherine's, Ludham - 9.30am
  • St. Nicholas, Potter Heigham - 10.00am

Please check our calendar for more details and amendments to the church services.

Events

Throughout the year the churches of The Waterside Group Benefice organises regular events for all the family.

For more information about our upcoming events got to the calendar/events page.

Photos & Video

Take a look at some photographs and video clips from past events and services on our media page, click on the link below.

Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer is said at St Catherine's Church, Ludham throughout the week. The office of Morning Prayer is said from Common Worship: Daily Prayer, embracing the three key elements of praise, intercession and engagement with Scripture.
All are welcome to join us.

  • Morning Prayer During Lent:
    Monday, Thursday and Friday - 7.30am
    Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday at 8.30am

Online Daily Prayer

Click the link below to view an online copy of Morning and Evening Prayer on the Church of England website.

Weddings, Baptism and Funerals

It is our privilege to be involved in many of the significant moments of people's lives. Here at The Waterside Group of Churches we will do our best to guide you through what Christians mean by baptism, marriage and funerals.

The Friends of St Benet's Abbey

It is our privilege to be involved with The Friends of St Benet’s Abbey. In 2019 the Abbey is celebrating 1,000 years on the site near Ludham/Horning in Norfolk. Founded in 1019 on land close to the meeting place of the rivers Bure and Ant in Norfolk, St Benet's Abbey was the only Benedictine monastery in Norfolk, founded in the Anglo-Saxon period which continued in use throughout the Middle Ages.

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Message from the Rector

In March we have journeyed together through Lent accompanying Jesus on his journey to the cross, and we are almost at the end of that part of the journey. I wonder what you have learnt and reflected on in the last few weeks? The words "forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland..", are from the prophet Isaiah in the Hebrew Scriptures. They have often come back to me over the years at different times. As I reflected on what the words mean for me now, this thought came to mind. God is making a way in the desert of my soul, God is creating streams, (living spiritual nourishment) in the internal wasteland of my being. It is the first time I think that I have reflected on this scripture and had the revelation that it is an internal lifegiving experience given by God who often uses external real lived human experience to cultivate growth and development in the Soul. Deep stuff! This is how we learn and grow always.

As we approach Easter there is so much to be thankful for in all our villages, especially the difficulties and challenges which help us to grow together the most. I would particularly like to extend a warm invitation to all across our parishes on 7th April 2019 at 10.00am to Hickling Church Benefice Service. Bishop Alan (our Acting Bishop of Norwich during the vacancy in See) will be visiting the Church and conducting a dedication service for the completion of the building works. We have a new loo! Many people contributed to this project over the last 10 years from its embryonic state in a PCC meeting with Revd Neville Khambatta, through Revd John Stride's time and now with completion during my time as Rector. Many people have tirelessly driven the project forward, archeologists, architects, builders, PCCs, and folks from the local community. We are especially grateful to Ms Eileen Edwards for her legacy which paid for a significant proportion of the building works without which we would have been unable to complete. I have no contact information for any of her relatives or friends, but if you know of anyone who would like to come to the dedication service on her behalf I extend a warm invitation to you.

This Easter there will be four Easter Day services across the Parishes. I would like to extend a warm welcome to all in our villages, do join us. I pray that you and all those that you love and pray for will know how high and wide and deep is the love of God for you in whatever you are experiencing in this season.

God bless you. Amen.

Revd Deborah Hamilton-Grey

Ministry Team

The Revd Deborah-Hamilton-Grey (Rector)

rector@watersidegroup.org.uk

01692 678382

Alex Cordiner (Authorised Worship Assistant)

alexcordiner@btopenworld.com

01692 678682

Ian Watton (Licensed Reader)

01692 598907

John Savage (Authorised Worship Assistant, Organist and Choirmaster)

johndsavage@ymail.com

01692 678654

Lynda Savage (Authorised Worship Assistant, Verger)

lysa24sept@yahoo.co.uk

01692 678654

Michael Hamilton-Grey(Authorised Worship Assistant)

m.hamilton.grey@gmail.com

01692 678382

Christine Wall (Authorised Worship Assistant)

thewalls@broadland.net

Stephen Pitkethly (Authorised Worship Assistant)

stephen@dadsboats.com

Judith Gardiner (Authorised Worship Assistant)

judithgardiner5@aol.com

Zephney Kennedy (Authorised Worship Assistant)

zlkndy@gmail.com

How to reach us

Rector of the Waterside Group Benefice: The Revd Deborah Hamilton-Grey

Links

Dioces of NorwichThe Church of EnglandChurch Support HubChurch Support Hub Website

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Safeguarding

Safeguarding statement:

As part of The Church of England, The Waterside Benefice, its clergy and leaders are committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church.

‘The Church of England is called to share the good news of God’s salvation through Jesus Christ. The life of our communities and institutions is integral to how we address this task. The good news speaks of welcome for all, with a particular regard for those who are most vulnerable, into a community where the value and dignity of every human being is affirmed and those in positions of responsibility and authority are truly trustworthy. Being faithful to our call to share the gospel therefore compels us to take with the utmost seriousness the challenge of preventing abuse from happening and responding well where it has’.
From ‘Promoting a Safer Church’, The Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy Statement.

We are committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and ensuring their wellbeing.
If you have any concerns for a child or vulnerable adult then please contact Revd Deborah Hamilton-Grey- tel: 01692 678382 email: rector@watersidegroup.org.uk

Below is a link to the Norwich Diocesan Safeguarding page with contact details for Diocesan Safeguarding.