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 three parish churches are All Saints', Catfield, 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 three 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 Reverend Gary Noyes
Vicar of the Waterside Benefice

 

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 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.

Worship in the
Waterside Group Benefice

sunday service

 

Churches in the Waterside Group are open for worship as follows:

February 2024

Sunday 4 February
All Saints' Church Catfield
Benefice Holy Communion led by Rev’d Gary Noyes at 10am

Sunday 11 February
Potter Heigham Methodist Church joined by All Saints' Catfield
Morning Prayer led by Judith Gardiner LLM at 10am
St Catherine’s Ludham
Holy Communion led by Rev’d Gary Noyes 10am

Wednesday 14 February
Ash Wednesday

St Catherine’s Ludham
Benefice Imposition of Ashes led by Rev’d Gary Noyes at 7pm

Sunday 18 February
First Sunday of Lent

All Saints' Catfield (St Nicholas' Potter Heigham to join)
Holy Communion led by Rev’d Gary Noyes at 10am
St Catherine’s Ludham
Morning Prayer led by Stephen Pitkethly AWA at 10am

Sunday 25 February
2nd Sunday of Lent

St Nicholas' Potter Heigham joined by All Saints' Catfield
Holy Communion led by Rev’d Gary Noyes at 10am
St Catherine’s Ludham
Morning Worship led by John Savage AWA at 10am

March

Sunday 3 March - 3rd Sunday of Lent
St Nicholas' Potter Heigham
Benefice Holy Communion led by Rev’d Gary Noyes at 10am

St Catherine’s Ludham - Sung Evensong
Led by Christine Wall AWA at 6pm

Sunday 10 March - Mothering Sunday
St Catherine’s Ludham
Holy Communion led by Rev’d Gary Noyes at 10am
St Nicholas' Potter Heigham
Morning Prayer led by Judith Gardiner LLM at 10am
All Saints' Catfield
Morning Prayer led by April Noyes at 10am

Wednesday 17 March - Passion Sunday
All Saints' Catfield
Holy Communion led by Rev’d Gary Noyes at 10am
St Catherine’s Ludham
Morning Prayer led by Lynda Savage AWA at 10am

Sunday 24 March - Palm Sunday
St Nicholas' Potter Heigham (All Saints' Catfield to join)
Holy Communion led by Rev’d Gary Noyes at 10am
St Catherine’s Ludham
Morning Prayer led by Christine Wall AWA at 10am

Monday 25 March - Compline All Saints' Catfield
Led by Judith Gardiner LLM at 7pm
Tuesday 26 March - Compline St Nicholas' Potter Heigham
Led by April Noyes at 7pm
Wednesday 27 March - Compline St Catherine's Ludham
Led by Christine Wall AWA at 7pm
Maundy Thursday 28 March - Compline St Catherine's Ludham
Led by Rev'd Gary Noyes at 7pm

Friday 29 March - Good Friday - Walk of Witness
St Catherine’s Ludham joined by Ludham Methodist Church
Walk of Witness and Benefice Hour at the Cross led by Rev’d Gary Noyes at 12 noon
Procession departs Ludham Methodist Church at 11:45am


Sunday 31 March - Easter Sunday
St Catherine’s Ludham joined by Ludham Methodist Church
Holy Communion led by Rev’d Gary Noyes at 10am

St Nicholas' Potter Heigham
Holy Communion led by TBC at 10am
All Saints' Catfield
Holy Communion led by TBC at 10am
All Saints' Catfield
Easter Praise and Garden Service led by Judith Gardiner at 6 pm

 

Upcoming and recent events in the Benefice

 

Save the Parish

A group called “Save the Parish” has recently been formed to more effectively voice the views and concerns of rural parishes such as ourselves in this very important debate.

Visit the “Save the Parish” website at savetheparish.com to find out more, or sign up as a supporter.

 


 

 

Churches in the Benefice are open for individual prayer and reflection during the week.

For more details visit the church's webpage using the tab at the top of this page.

 

Lighting a Candle for Prayer or in Remembrance.

If someone you knew has died recently or long ago, lighting a candle can often help us pause, pray and think of them for a few moments.

Lighting a candle can also be a way to help in prayer, or to ask for God's help, either for yourselves, a loved one, or someone you know is in difficulty and needing God's support.

Whatever is going on, make space to pray in your life.

If you are unable to get to Church you can Light a Virtual Candle

If you can't get to a church just now, you can still light a candle at home, or online on the Church of England website (link below). The process is simple. private and totally anonymous, there are no login, registration, or any other details asked for.

 

Services at Norwich Cathedral including those on YouTube

Follow this link to view details of Services coming up in Norwich Cathedral.

Follow this link for the Norwich Cathedral Services YouTube Channel.

 

The following link to the Church of England website offers links to prayer resources, guidance and further information.

 

Church of England
Facebook page

Follow the Church of England on its Facebook page to follow live services and events, and to receive regular prayer and guidance.

 

Join in a service of Daily Prayer

The following link to the Church of England website offers the opportunity to join in a service of Daily Prayer which is available in both contemporary and traditional forms and for all times of day.

 

Supporting good mental health

Given the challenging times we are living in with coronavirus, the Church of England have updated their booklet supporting good mental health with new reflections and new resources. They seek to provide hope, reassurance and comfort.

If you want to speak to someone, please visit the Mental Health Foundation website, which has lots of helpful resources and contacts. Visit the Mental Health Foundation website.

 

Church of England on your Smart speaker

Access the Church of England with your Smart speaker for prayers, explanations of the Christian faith, location-based information about local church events and services, and more.

To get started, just follow the instructions for your device below

"Alexa, open the Church of England"
"Hey Google, talk to the Church of England"

 

Waterside Message

I wonder if you have heard of Jack Valentine?

Certainly as a child the 14th of February was very special, a time for a knock on the door and for me to rush to open it and shout “Thank you Jack Valentine” and wait for the next knock. Little gifts were left, pencils, sweets, rubbers but of course as I got older... when the knock came I tried to catch him or her as they rushed and hid out of sight. So, who was the original Jack Valentine? The story is thought to have originated in Norfolk, an unknown person who quietly left gifts and as a family it was a custom my parents and theirs before observed and it was certainly fun!

At Christmas we celebrated the birth of a baby in Bethlehem, although with what is happening in Israel at the moment is very hard to understand, Mums of babies born out there at the moment do not fear their child being killed by Herod but by the fighting between Israel and Hamas. Even those who fled to areas of safety now appear to be in grave danger and let us also not forget the war between Ukraine and Russia. Thousands of families have lost loved ones and for what? The evil desires of a few leaders who have set their path on destroying so much.

Bring back the likes of Jack Valentine who thought of others and brightened lives by small unselfish acts of kindness. Let us work together for peace throughout the World and may we listen for the knock and open the door and allow God into our homes and hearts this year. Let 2024 be the year that we perhaps think of others before ourselves.

I am reminded of a prayer by Saint Francis.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

Judith Gardiner
Licensed Lay Minister

 

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.

 

Safeguarding

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 :

All Saints, Catfield - Judith Gardiner - tel 01692 580391
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 safeguarding@dioceseofnorwich.org or on 01603 882345.

You can also use the following link to the Norwich Diocesan Safeguarding page containing more information and contact details.

You can also speak to the ChildLine helpline - call free on 0800 1111

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

sratch 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

The Waterside Scratch Band
Shepherds by David Frost

Featured on Kayleigh Poacher's Radio Norfolk morning radio show.

Written by David Frost of the Scratch Band. The song builds on the traditional lyrics from 'While Shepherds Watched their Flocks by Night' and makes it into a sing-along, shanty-type song which could even be sung in pubs!

Listen to it on YouTube

 

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.

Ministry Team

The Reverend Gary Noyes
Vicar of the Waterside Benefice

granoyes@gmail.com

01692 678842

John Savage (Authorised Worship Assistant, Ludham 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 (Licensed Lay Minister, Churchwarden All Saints' Catfield)

judithgardiner5@aol.com

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

How to reach us

For all enquiries please contact:

The Reverend Gary Noyes
Vicar of the Waterside Benefice