St. Mary's Church

Welcome to St. Mary's Church, North Tuddenham

Welcome. For service details and other events happening here, please see pages elsewhere on the website.

Recently restored, this Grade 1 listed building, recognised as a ‘Treasure’ by the Church of England, is open again to visitors.

With its massive nave, high well-preserved roof and uniquely tiled walls, beautiful east window, recently restored tower window containing medieval glass (from 8th July), rood screens depicting martyrs and saints, and Victorian windpipe organ, this church has plenty of features to marvel at.

Come and see for yourself!

Visits can be organised through the Church Office on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 9 am and 1 pm by telephoning 01362 858873.

Alternatively, you can contact the churchwarden, ‘Jools’ Smith, directly, on 01362 850641.

P.S. Please try to give sufficient warning if travelling from afar.

Coach parties welcome by appointment only.

During the Summer weekends the church will be open 10 am - 4 pm Saturdays and Sundays.

St. Mary's now has its own page on the National Churches Trust website at North Tuddenham St Mary the Virgin | National Churches Trust.


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Coming Up Next...

From scroll to best-selling paperback - the adventures behind how we got our Bible (includes exploration of issues of Bible translation and a bit on the work of Wycliffe Bible translators and the Bible Society).

Leader: Rev. Dr. Sue Woan

We will be having another teaching day at ASM on Saturday 12th October 2024. From ancient scrolls to best-selling paperbacks, the journey of how we received our Bible is a fascinating tale. It encompasses the challenges of Bible translation and touches on the efforts of organizations like the Wycliffe Bible Translators and the Bible Society. Rev. Dr. Sue Woan, with her gift of bringing such subjects to life, has led days at ASM before, on "A romp through the Old Testament", "Walking in New Testament Footsteps" and two half-days on the Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of John. We are delighted to have her back again. Free tickets will be available through EventBrite as before. Start and End Time shown above are only approximate and will be confirmed later. More details to follow...

Contact Alan for more details - 01362 857904

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Guidance for praying for the upcoming general election

Guidance for praying for the upcoming GENERAL ELECTION

There can be a lot of fear and anger around elections.  As we come into prayer now, pause for a moment and present our hearts to the Holy Spirit, asking Him to bring us into His perspective.

For I am the LORD you God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you “DO NOT FEAR; I WILL HELP YOU” Isaiah 41:13

Prayer:  LORD, I know that You are so much bigger than anything we are facing in this nation.  Thank You that You reign above it all.  As I pray today, I ask You to lead me into Your perspective of the situation, full of Your comfort, Your authority and Your hope.  Amen.


‘For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders.  And He will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’  Isaiah 9:6

Tensions run high around elections, so let’s pray for peace to cover every part of the process:

  • That the Prince of Peace would reign over the nation with His peace.
  • That God would help any frustration to be channelled into productive action and conversation.
  • The if there is to be an exchange of power, it should happen peacefully and with respect.


‘But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. ‘ James 3:17

  • Pray that God would give voters ‘wisdom from heaven’ so that they can be ‘impartial and sincere’.
  • That the process of voting is safe for everyone.
  • That voters make decisions with Godly wisdom, led by the Holy Spirit.


‘For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the in the heavenly realms. ‘ Ephesians 6:12.

There are spiritual realities involved in human circumstance, and Jesus has ultimate authority over every ‘spiritual force of evil’ in our world. Let’s pray against the darkness that is enflaming fear, despair, and violence in people’s hearts:

  • That where there is division, God would bring unity and respect.
  • Let’s bless each political party and different group with a heart for unity and cooperation.
  • That where there are lies and false narratives, God would bring revelation and truth.
  • That where there is despair, God would bring hope and vision.
  • Jesus is at work in our nation. Let’s pray for His vision to inspire hope in our nation.


‘Get rid of bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you.’ Ephesians 4:31-32

Let’s pray that the media contribute to these elections in helpful ways:

  • That reporting will be accurate and true.
  • That the media will promote conversation rather than division.
  • That there will be no ‘brawling and slander’ or malice, but rather words that speak the truth in love.
  • That God will work among the media to shed light on what is hidden.


‘For we are God’s handwork, created by Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do’ Ephesians 2:10

As we look to a future beyond these elections, let’s pray:

  • That God establishes a government of justice and righteousness in our nation.
  • That all forms of injustice and corruption are exposed and destroyed.
  • That those in power actively fight against all forms of oppression and discrimination, allowing freedom to flourish.
  • That mercy and compassion for all people are restored in laws, policies, and our hearts.


I urge you to pray for all people.  Ask God to help them, intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.  Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity’ 1 Timothy 2:1-3

Let’s pray for the leaders who are involved in this election:

  • That God would bless each candidate, successful or not, with wisdom and grace.
  • That God would give our political leaders a heart for unity and peace.
  • That God would intervene to bring leaders who will best serve His vision for our nation into power.
  • That God will raise up righteous leaders who are trustworthy, ethical, and pure of heart.


‘This is what the LORD Almighty says: ”Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.  Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor.  In your hearts do not think evil of each other”   Zechariah 7:9-10

As we look to a future beyond these elections, let’s pray:

  • That God establishes a government of justice and righteousness in our nation.
  • That all forms of injustice and corruption are exposed and destroyed.
  • That those in power actively fight against all forms of oppression and discrimination, allowing freedom to flourish.
  • That mercy and compassion for all people are restored in laws, policies, and our hearts.

Prayer guidance courtesy of 24/7 Prayer 



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How To Find Us

To reach St. Mary's Church, we recommend you have a good look at it on Google Maps! If coming from the Dereham direction, bear left off the A47 at turn off marked "N. Tuddenham". Turn right as soon as you are off the A47 then next right into Fox Lane and follow the road over the top of the A47. After passing North Tuddenham village hall on your left, turn right at the crossroads then immediately left. After a short distance on your left side is a sign marking the entrance to a land leading to St. Mary's. There is a small amount of parking space at the end of the lane on your left, but you may wish to swing round at the end and head back out slightly and park on the left side of the lane.
If coming from the Norwich direction, leave the A47 at the exit marked "N. Tuddenham" then turn left onto Fox Lane. Pick up the instructions from that point from those above.
If coming from the Mattishall direction, head down Burgh Lane from Mattishall and at the end, turn left onto an unnamed road marked towards "North Tuddenham". Follow the road, bearing right. Keep on this road until you head slightly down a hill to cross the river Tud and ascend the other side. The entrance to the lane down to St. Mary's is at the top of the hill on your right.

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