Vicar's Christmas Message
As we approach Christmas and the New Year of 2024, we look forward to celebrations of one kind
or another- parties, family reunions, a time for giving and receiving, or maybe even just having a
quiet Christmas! Whatever it might be, it can be a time of great optimism, too. Let's face it,
there is much going on in the world right now that cries out literally for peace, and the word and
concept of hope becomes something of paramount importance for all of us. It's great for us to be
able to take a moment, and to reflect on the true meaning of the hope of Christmas for this
I heard recently of Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere who, through the most challenging
times, hang on to their hope in Christ- not just at Christmas, but each day of the year. They
know, and we can know too, that the coming of Jesus to us changes everything, and God calls us
to respond to his love for us in some way. We all know ourselves pretty well, and we know the
best way that we can do that.
So, may you find God's true blessing in Christ this Christmas- that our lives may be changed and
burn even brighter, whatever we happen to be facing at the moment. Here is a Christmas Prayer
for us all to share in Waterside Benefice, whether we are in Catfield, Ludham, or Potter
Heigham: (Feel free to use it in whichever way suits you).
Lord God, help me this Christmas time to find a moment to reflect on the real meaning and impact of the coming of
Jesus to us- to be still, and find healing and peace. Renew me, I pray, and may I know your power and presence as I
prepare in true hope for the coming New Year. I pray this in the name of Jesus, as I also pray for those around me
who need your touch at this time. Amen.
With our love and best wishes for Christmas and the New Year
Gary and April
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.
We are committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and ensuring their wellbeing.
All Saints, Catfield - Judith Gardiner - tel 01692 580391
If you have any concerns for a child or vulnerable adult then please contact :
St Catherine's, Ludham - Helen Middleton - tel 01692 678072
St Nicholas, Potter Heigham - Judith Gardiner - tel 01692 580391
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.
The Norwich Diocesan Safeguarding Team can be contacted on email
email@example.com or on 01603 882345.
You can also speak to the ChildLine helpline - call free on 0800 1111
You can also use the following link to the Norwich Diocesan Safeguarding page containing more information and contact details.
or click on the link below to find out how they can help.
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.
Waterside Scratch Band
Scratch Band meet for practice, fellowship, fun and a tea break every Wednesday evening at 7.30pm to around 9.30pm usually in one of the Waterside Parish churches.
We play for a number of services and events in the Waterside benefice and beyond. Including everything from supporting regular worship to carols in pubs and care homes.
The key qualification of scratch band is a willingness to take part. A warm welcome always awaits whether you sing, play an instrument, or would just like to listen.
For more information on Scratch band please contact David Frost Tel. 07907 679630 or Ros Wilson Tel 01692 597120
Would You Like To Be More Involved In Your Local Church
All are welcome. We need musicians, readers, singers for the
choir/worship group, people who would like to pray, worship
assistants, help with buildings and maintenance.
People to help
with youth and children's work, people who would like to help
with pastoral care, fundraising people.
Would you like to host a house group or fellowship group?
There are many opportunities for all.
Please come along to one of our churches and speak to a Churchwarden.