St Nicholas-at-Wade church is the centre of its village community: in addition to regular services, it is used for a wide range of concerts, coffee mornings, charity events, school services, and more. The architecture and situation are both highly rated (it is listed in "England's 1000 Best Churches"), and there are interesting historical links too, particularly to the Poet Laureate Robert Bridges and his family, including a tomb and hatchings in the Bridges Chapel (also called the Lady Chapel, with an Image of Our Lady and the Christ Child, appropriate blue hangings and an exquisite Mothers' Union Banner). There is also a Flemish banner of St Nicholas with the Three Children and a Russian proper icon of our saint. The medieval church is home to a beautiful statue of St Nicholas of Myra and carved Christ the King at the baptismal font. The church is known for its flowers, and the summer Open Gardens held every second year is a much celebrated occasion. Fund-raising events also include the regular "Trash and Treasure" (around March) and "Charity Day" (around October).
We are part of the Wantsum Benefice with Richard Braddy, Vicar. Each church has its own unique life and tradition, so much can be available to meet all traditions.
Wantsum Benefice Vision Statement:
To be a vibrant inclusive worshipping group of churches
serving God through a flourishing community building
sharing Christ’s love through welcome, hospitality and care
connecting together with our communities and schools
valuing all creation and each other
sharing generously our gifts with Spirit-filled joy