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 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 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.
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.
Churches in the Waterside Group are open for worship as follows:
IMPORTANT Face coverings must be worn to all services
Sunday 4 July St Catherine's, Ludham, led by Lynda Savage at 10am also on Zoom All Saints', Catfield led by Christine Wall at 10am joint service with St Nicholas', Potter Heigham
Sunday 11 July St Catherine's, Ludham, Holy Communion led by Revd David Smith at 10am also on Zoom St Nicholas', Potter Heigham, led by Judith Gardiner at 10am, joint service with All Saints', Catfield
Sunday 18 July St Catherine's, Ludham, led by Christine Wall at 10am also on Zoom All Saints', Catfield Holy Communion led by Revd David Smith(tbc) at 10am joint service with St Nicholas', Potter Heigham
Sunday 25 July St Catherine's, Ludham, led by John Savage at 10am also on Zoom St Nicholas', Potter Heigham, led by Judith Gardiner at 10am, joint service with All Saints', Catfield
Sunday 1 August St Catherine's, Ludham, led by Lynda Savage at 10am All Saints', Catfield led by Judith Gardiner at 10am joint service with St Nicholas', Potter Heigham
Sunday 8 August St Catherine's, Ludham, Holy Communion led by Revd David Smith (tbc) at 10am St Nicholas', Potter Heigham, led by Judith Gardiner at 10am, joint service with All Saints', Catfield
Sunday 15 August St Catherine's, Ludham, led by Stephen Pitkethly at 10am All Saints', Catfield led by John Savage at 10am joint service with St Nicholas', Potter Heigham
Sunday 22 August St Catherine's, Ludham, led by Christine Wall at 10am St Nicholas', Potter Heigham, Holy Communion led by Revd David Smith (tbc) at 10am, joint service with All Saints', Catfield
Sunday 29 August St Catherine's, Ludham, led by john Savage and Tracy Birks at 10am joint service with Ludham Methodist Church All Saints', Catfield led by Lynda Savage at 10am joint service with St Nicholas', Potter Heigham
Worship on Zoom
Benefice wide Zoom Sunday Worship joins St Catherine's for its Sunday Morning Service.
Please see the list of upcoming Benefice Services on this page for details.
To view or download a PDF copy of this week's Order of Service click the button here.
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.
The Prodigal Son, c. 1720–30 Pier Leone Ghezzi
On Sunday we shall celebrate Father’s Day so that led me to ‘Our Father, who art …’ and what better way to ponder how great is our God than in terms of the parable of the Prodigal, the parent?
Rather than meditate upon the passage in Luke 15, I thought we might allow our gaze to linger on this image and be led by the Holy Spirit into our silence with the Father through the Son.
Perhaps we could imagine being each of the characters in the painting, or the artist – perhaps even do our own painting of a part of the story.
Suggestion of music before the silence:
God bless you and be close to you.
Churches in the Benefice are also 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.
Services at Norwich Cathedral on YouTube
Follow this link for the Norwich Cathedral Services YouTube Channel.
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.
Julian Prayer Meeting every third Tuesday in the month -
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: email@example.com
Please check the monthly Hickling Herald or the Waterside Benefice website here for any changes.
St Benets Deanery on YouTube
Watch the first St Benets Deanery YouTube service that took place on Trinity Sunday 7 June 2020
Led by Revd Canon Catherine Dobson.
Rector, The Coastal Group.
Rural Dean, St Benet at Waxham & Tunstead, Diocese of Norwich.
You can find this on your YouTube app or smart tv or click play on the image below.
As I write this on a glorious June day, the closing day of the G7 leaders' meeting in Cornwall, I am thinking about the wonders of creation, our responsibility to conserve them and what we are doing about it.
Newly released data has shown that carbon dioxide levels are at a higher level in the atmosphere than at any point in the last 4 million years. G7 leaders have committed to holding temperature rises to no more than 1.5⁰C above pre-industrial levels, but will they succeed?
Closer to home, the proposed Norwich Western Link will plough through ancient woodland containing trees more than 100 years old, fallow, roe and muntjac deer, badgers, fox, bats owls and countless woodland birds. This must be a cause for concern for us all, but what can we do?
The Church has a long tradition of caring for nature, and indeed our own Bishop Graham, a former ecologist, has recently been appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury as Lead Bishop on the Environment.
We know the small steps we can take to care for creation by saving energy and using it from renewable resources, composting, recycling and eating less meat. Maybe we can also think about letting those who represent us at all levels of government know our feelings about caring for and conserving the creation that God considered to be “very good.” God bless you all.
AWA 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
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.
Below is a link to the Norwich Diocesan Safeguarding page with contact details for Diocesan Safeguarding.
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.