St Michael & All Angels, Great Creaton

About Us

St Michael’s is one of the Uplands Group of Parishes (Cold Ashby, Cottesbrooke, Creaton, Guilsborough, Hollowell, Ravensthorpe, Spratton and Thornby) in the Brixworth Deanery of the Diocese of Peterborough.

Ministry

Creaton Church Lych GateSt Michael and All Angels is a vibrant church in the village of Creaton, Northamptonshire. Our small, but active, congregation are very welcoming and open. St Michael’s has an active working relationship with the United Reformed Church in Creaton and there are regular joint services at Harvest and Mothering Sunday, and other occasions.

We offer a variety of services, Communion, Evensong and family. For all upcoming services see http://service-schedule.

A strong choir supports the congregation with the assistance of a regular organist. There is a popular Carol service at Christmas, and a tradition of singing chorale religious works on Good Friday (such as Stainer’s Crucifixion). We are grateful to local singers and musicians who support and enhance our choir at these events.

The Friends of St Michael’s History Group is an association set up, inter alia, to care for the fabric of the Church. The Friends also organize regular lectures and visits of a historical nature, many of which are related to the local area.

People

The activities of the church are led by our elected PCC (Parochial Church Council). 

Chair:  Reverend Linnet Smith

Churchwarden:  Michel Rogerson

There is a large group of volunteers who help keep the church in good order, and provide regular flower arrangements.

History

Creaton Church Chancel LightThe church of St. Michael and All Angels in the Ecclesiastical Parish of Great Creaton (now within the Uplands Benefice) is situate within the village of Creaton. The building of local stone stands down from the A5199 Welford Road near the village green. The church is on a slight mound surrounded by a walled churchyard with many graves. The churchyard is closed to burials and the maintenance is now in the hands of the (Civil) Parish Council.

With a doorway dating to the 12C and a squat tower (CRSPI, 2016) this is probably the time from when the parish church was first instituted. Apparently there was much improvement and building in the 18C and a large congregation during the Evangelical Revival in the latter part of that century. These were lost, along with some medieval features, during the modernisation of the middle 19C, although the Jacobean pulpit and ‘tower-arch’ rails have survived. The current quality of the interior is due largely to late (1880-1890s) Victorian re-building and the influence of the Oxford Movement, when the choir stalls and Rood screen were erected. The unique and colourful 19C Altar, Triptych and wall paintings in the Chancel were probably installed during the 1840s modernisations.

The low, enclosed pews are thought to be Georgian. There was a basic ‘buttery’ installed sometime in the 1990s. The Church boasts a fine tracker action Organ built by Wordsworth (Leeds) c 1890,and restored in 2010, as well as a peal of 6 bells. 

Contact Us

For pastoral matters or to enquire about booking any services, please contact either the Rev. Chris Peck or the group administrator, Trevor Cooke. Details for both can be found on the Contact Us page.

You can find St. Michael & All Angels’ Church, Violet Lane, Great Creaton, Northamptonshire, NN6 8NR

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