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

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, 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, 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

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.

Waterside Scratch Band

We are the church band for the “Waterside” group of parishes.

We meet for practice, fellowship, fun and a tea break every Thursday evening at 7.30pm to around 9.30pm in Ludham Church Room.

Singers and players of all sorts of instruments, and all levels of ability are more than welcome to join us.

For more information contact: David Frost, Tel 07981 002144 or Helen Middleton, Tel 01692 678072 Email helenmiddleton315@btinternet.com

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Events

Throughout the year the churches of The Waterside Group Benefice organise 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
Every Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30am at St Catherine's Ludham

Join us at St Catherine’s Church during the week for a short time of prayer and scripture reading as we celebrate morning prayer.

Morning Prayer is said at St Catherine's Church, Ludham every Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 8:30. The office 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 for Morning Prayer.

Julian Prayer Meeting in Hickling every third Tuesday in the month

Are you drawn to Christian Contemplative Prayer and Meditation.

In silent, contemplative prayer we seek to be aware of the presence of God and to remain in that presence, completely open to God.

Waiting, Listening, Open, here we meet with God. "All we can do in prayer is dispose ourselves.  The rest is in the power of the Spirit who leads us.'" Theresa of Avila 16th C

For more information contact Zephney Kennedy Tel: 01692 598095 email: zlkndy@gmail.com

 

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

Come Holy Spirit come..

The writer of Ecclesiastes reminds us that for everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven: A time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted, a time to weep and a time to laugh..a time to mourn and a time to dance.. to throw away stones and to gather them, to embrace and to refrain from embracing, to seek and to lose, to keep and to throw away, to keep silence and to speak, to love and to hate, for war and for peace. God has appointed a time for every matter and for every work under the sun..a time to build and a time to let go..And hopefully this will not come as a shock to you that Michael and I are moving on, it is our time to let go, it is time to pluck up what has been planted and entrust you all into God's merciful keeping.

My final Sunday service will be on 1st September, a group service of Holy Communion at 10.00am at Ludham. I am very grateful to you all for the journey thus far, for your companionship along the way as we have negotiated this part of our earthly pilgrimage together. I have been immensely blessed and privileged to steer the boat that is named "The Waterside Group" through both choppy and still waters over the last two years. We have laughed and we have cried together. The writer of Ecclesiastes reminds us that weeping comes before laughter and mourning comes before dancing and we have done all of the above and look forward to more of the same in the future. Thank you.

This missive comes with our prayers for you all as the Waterside Group moves into a period of vacancy until a new incumbent is installed. We pray that God's will will be accomplished amongst our parishes, and that peace will reign in the time of uncertainty ahead. You have many committed and wonderful people serving in your parishes and I wish you God speed and every blessing always, take care of yourselves and one another.

Revd Deborah Hamilton-Grey

Ministry Team

Rector - Vacant

John Savage (Authorised Worship Assistant, Organist and Choirmaster)

johndsavage@ymail.com

01692 678654

John Savage (Authorised Worship Assistant, Organist and Choirmaster)

Lynda Savage (Authorised Worship Assistant, Verger)

lysa24sept@yahoo.co.uk

01692 678654

Lynda Savage (Authorised Worship Assistant, Verger)

Christine Wall (Authorised Worship Assistant)

thewalls@broadland.net

Christine Wall (Authorised Worship Assistant)

Stephen Pitkethly (Authorised Worship Assistant)

stephen@dadsboats.com

Stephen Pitkethly (Authorised Worship Assistant)

Judith Gardiner (Authorised Worship Assistant, Churchwarden All Saints Catfield)

judithgardiner5@aol.com

Judith Gardiner (Authorised Worship Assistant, Churchwarden All Saints Catfield)

Zephney Kennedy (Authorised Worship Assistant)

zlkndy@gmail.com

Zephney Kennedy (Authorised Worship Assistant)

How to reach us

For enquiries during the vacancy please contact:

The Revd Catherine Dobson
Rural Dean St Benet at Waxham & Tunstead

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 Dianne Fernee tel: 0771 2727897

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