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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 are 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.

sunday service

Morning Worship on Zoom
Sunday 31 May

Pentecost Sunday

Led By Zephney Kennedy
Authorised Worship assistant

The Waterside Group of Churches MORNING PRAYER on PENTECOST, SUNDAY, 31 May 2020

Welcome in the name of God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – to this time of worship and praise.

INTROIT SONG by Ros Wilson –
Holy Spirit, You Are Welcome Here
(Kim Walker-Smith)

There is nothing worth more, that will ever come close.
No thing can compare, you’re our living hope - Your presence, Lord.
I’ve tasted and seen of the sweetest of love,
When my heart becomes free and my shame is undone - Your presence, Lord.
Holy Spirit you are welcome here.
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere.
Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for,
To be overcome by your presence, Lord.
Holy Spirit, you are welcome here.

O Lord open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Give us the joy of your saving help
and sustain us with your life-giving Spirit.

Let us praise God for the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost drawing inspiration from Psalm 104:

Here is the ocean, vast and wide, teeming with life of every kind, both large and small.
They all depend on you to give them food as they need it.

When you supply it, they gather it. You open your hand to feed them, and they are richly satisfied.
But if you turn away from them, they panic. When you take away their breath, they die and turn again to dust.

When you give them your breath, life is created, and you renew the face of the earth.
May the glory of the Lord continue forever!

Loving God, we confess that we have failed you in thought, word and deed. We ask for your mercy and your forgiveness.
We confess our part in the hurts that divide our families and friends – Father forgive.
We confess our thoughtlessness and self-preoccupation – Father forgive.
We confess our disregard for the care of your good creation – Father forgive.

May you know that the God of Love forgives us;
and may the Holy Spirit continue to make us holy
through Jesus our Saviour who teaches us how to forgive. Amen.

Hymn: 615

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Melt me, mould me, fill me, use me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us.
Melt us, mould us, fill us, use us.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us.


Holy Spirit, sent by the Father.
Ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

I Corinthians 12: 3b-13 read by Sandra Clarke – verses 3b-11:

No one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.

A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.

John 20:19-23 - Read by Christine or Peter Wall

That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Message by ZK

General Points: Sunday 7 June = Trinity Sunday

Today = one person of Trinity, Holy Spirit ->

1. Holy Breath? Spiro Lat = I Breathe -> wind

Reading from PS 104 When you give them your breath, life is created, and you renew the face of the earth.

GEN 1:2 The Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

GEN 2:7 He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.

JOHN 20 Then Jesus breathed on them and said,“Receive the Holy Spirit”.

2. Image to help understanding – CANNULA, from Latin "little reed", is a tube that can be inserted into the body, e.g to connect drip, blood, to flow into veins.

Innate good sense + the Holy Spirit – > through ‘drip into cannula into person’ = > gifts of the Spirit

3. ROM 8 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you.

We don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.

We cannot pray, but the Spirit of Christ can pray in us - >

First Pentecost - the presence of the Spirit is about witnessing – therefore gifts - missional community, action, about engagement, about witnessing to the love of God to the ends of the earth.

God for us, we call you Father;
God alongside us, we call you Jesus;
God within us, we call you Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit, we welcome you in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Do you believe and trust in God the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named?
We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe in God the Son, who lives in our hearts through faith and fills us with his love?
We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe in God, the Holy Spirit, who strengthens us with power from on high?
We believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the church.
This is our faith. We believe in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Intercessions - Pentecost - Led by Richard Reid

I am particularly grateful to Zephney for asking me to lead our prayers today. As we know, Pentecost is the day when the Disciples, after a period in which they had felt bereft and fearful, received the Holy Spirit and were inspired and empowered to spread the Good News. The Holy Spirit has a special place in my life. I have not had the dramatic revelations that some of us have experienced, but I have on several occasions, usually after the event, been conscious of God’s intervention, through that same Holy Spirit.

And so we pray:

Lord God, send your Holy Spirit upon us, that your church may be united in your Love, in joy, in worship and in praise and thanksgiving.
Lord, in your mercy .... hear our prayer

Lord God, send your Holy Spirit upon us, that our leaders may be inspired to work in harmony for the good of all your people.
Lord, in your mercy .... hear our prayer

Lord God, send your Holy Spirit upon us, that we may see your Son, Jesus Christ in one another, that we may love as He loves us, and that we may show that love to all those whom we meet.
Lord, in your mercy .... hear our prayer

Lord God, send your Holy Spirit upon us, that those who suffer in body, mind or spirit may know your comforting and healing presence.
Lord, in your mercy .... hear our prayer

Lord God, send your Holy Spirit upon us, that we may know that our Redeemer liveth, that we may be sure and certain of our salvation through the sacrifice of your Son, Jesus Christ, and that we may pray in confidence for those who have died, those who face death ..... and those who will die today.
Lord, in your mercy .... hear our prayer

Finally, I make no apology for borrowing one of the, to me, most beautiful and most telling collects in the Book of Common Prayer:

O God, forasmuch as without thee we are not able to please thee: Mercifully grant that thy Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Merciful Father, ..... accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Lord's Prayer (traditional language)

Hymn: 84
Breathe on Me, Breath of God - Led by Rita Gibson

1. Breathe on me, Breath of God.
Fill me with life anew,
that as you love, so may I love
and do what you would do.

2. Breathe on me, Breath of God,
until my heart is pure:
until my will is one with yours
to do and to endure.

3. Breathe on me, Breath of God.
Fulfil my heart’s desire,
until this earthly part of me
glows with your heav’nly fire.

4. Breathe on me, Breath of God,
so shall I never die,
but live with you the perfect life
of your eternity.


May the Spirit who hovered over the waters when the world was created breathe life into us. Amen.

May the Spirit who overshadowed Mary when the eternal Son came among us make us joyful in the Lord. Amen.

May the Spirit who set the Church on fire on the Day of Pentecost bring the world alive with the love of the risen and ascended Christ. Amen.


The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God and the fellowship
of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore.


Services at all Churches are presently suspended

Services at Norwich Cathedral on YouTube

Follow this link for the Norwich Cathedral Services YouTube Channel.

Local Church Service Live Streams

In line with Government guidance all church buildings are closed, however many churches are live streaming services, hosting virtual groups, and sharing content digitally.

The Diocese of Norwich provides a full list and links to churches across Norfolk and Waveney on their website at the following link.


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


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"

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.


Benefice Holy Communion

Holy Communion, represents the greatest expression of God's love for His people.

Today, when we partake of the bread and wine at Holy Communion, we are declaring that Jesus' divine life flows in our mortal bodies and that we are forgiven and have been made righteous.

Jesus' blood gives us right standing before God, and we can go boldly into God's presence (Hebrews 4:16).

When we pray, we can be sure that God hears us!

Join us for our benefice service of Holy Communion, all are welcome.


Morning Prayer
St Catherine's Ludham
Every Wednesday 8:30am

Suspended - meetings will resume as soon as it is deemed appropriate to do so

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 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

Suspended - meetings will resume as soon as it is deemed appropriate to do so.

However, contact in the group is being continued via email or post of the reading to folk so that they may pray when we would normally meet.

Are you drawn to Christian Contemplative Prayer and Meditation?

Julian Meetings are meetings for Christian silent, contemplative prayer.

We meet in Hickling every third Tuesday in the month at 10:00am.

People from all denominations are very welcome to join us.

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 598179 email: zlkndy@gmail.com

Please check the monthly Hickling Herald or Benefice calender for any changes.

Waterside Message

Although I am the first to say “live for today because you never know what tomorrow might bring”, I never imagined that when this magazine drops through your letter box at the end of April there would be the unknown knowledge of whether we may be moving around and life resumed or we may still be confined to barracks.

Do you realise in years to come we will be mentioned in History books? 2020 being the year of the Covid-19 pandemic, a bit like the plague in 1665 but the one thing that may not be noted is the amazing sense of community spirit. It has brought out the best in many people, thousands have volunteered to help from the smallest menial tasks and others have given everything, including for many health workers unfortunately, their lives.

I cannot imagine what it must be like to be in a small flat with no garden surrounded by children and dare I say it spending twenty four hours a day with husbands, wives and partners and for those living alone the feeling of loneliness. The mental strain will be there for even the calmest of people. We may have taken up a new hobby, painted and decorated, tidied our drawers, used social media to follow fitness routines. For us living in the country we have been able to spend time in our gardens or going for walks and giving a wave to strangers.

With that said we must not forget we have all been through a dramatic and life changing experience; our neighbours, friends and even ourselves may need support. For those who have lost loved ones, an opportunity to remember them with family and friends and a time to heal and accept.

So is there a God? Well, I have been asked this in the past few days and we will never know how Coronavirus really began but since being confined to our homes and as I write this, we have been blessed with three weeks of wonderful sunny weather, a miracle after the hurricanes and heavy rain and flooding experienced by so many. As I wake in the morning the birds are singing, the sky has been blue, the gardens are full of the signs of Spring and I believe God is with us and helping us through this torrid time and I pray that he will keep us all safe.

Judith Gardiner
Authorised Worship Assistant
Waterside Benefice


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.

In the light of recent Government advice on non-essential contact, you should also check the Church of England's website FAQ's for up to date guidance on Weddings, Baptisms and Finerals. Click following link to view


The Friends of St Benet's Abbey

It is our privilege to be involved with The Friends of St Benet’s Abbey.

The Abbey has stood for over 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.



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.


The Exploring Christian Faith Discussion Group

Suspended - meetings will resume as soon as it is deemed appropriate to do so.

However, the text of Bible verses for 'discussion' with a brief comment on them is being sent out to the group by e-mail or print copy.

bible discussion

The Exploring Christian Faith Discussion Group holds regular meetings at The Greyhound in Hickling at 3:15pm on the second and forth Thursday in the month.

Everyone is welcome to join us.

We read a passage from the Bible and discuss issues raised – and others.

If you would like to meet us and join us there, please contact Zephney Kennedy Tel: 01692 598179 email: zlkndy@gmail.com

Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path. Psalm 27:11

Please check the monthly Hickling Herald or Benefice calender for any changes.


Waterside Scratch Band

Suspended - meetings will resume as soon as it is deemed appropriate to do so

sratch 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


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

Vicar - Vacant

John Savage (Authorised Worship Assistant, Ludham Organist and Choirmaster)


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John Savage (Authorised Worship Assistant, Organist and Choirmaster)

Lynda Savage (Authorised Worship Assistant, Verger)


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Lynda Savage (Authorised Worship Assistant, Verger)

Christine Wall (Authorised Worship Assistant)


Christine Wall (Authorised Worship Assistant)

Stephen Pitkethly (Authorised Worship Assistant)


Stephen Pitkethly (Authorised Worship Assistant)

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


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

Zephney Kennedy (Authorised Worship Assistant)


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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


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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.