The Ouse Valley Benefice

Bexwell + Crimplesham + Denver + Hilgay

Ryston + Southery + Ten Mile Bank

Welcome to the Ouse Valley Benefice

Welcome to the Ouse Valley Benefice - a group of Churches in West Norfolk that are part of the Diocese of Ely. The Benefice comprises seven rural villages and their churches in or close to the Norfolk fens: Bexwell, Crimplesham, Denver, Hilgay, Ryston, Southery, and Ten Mile Bank. The Benefice came into existence in January 2022 succeeding several earlier groupings to make more coherent geographical sense.

Baptism and Confirmation

Spring is all around us. I love seeing colourful bulbs coming up in the garden - they are such a visual sign of new growth, and fresh beginnings (as well as a reminder that I’ll have to get The Rectory mower out soon!).

For me, these signs of new life in nature are also a visual reminder of the transformative power of faith and the joy of welcoming new members into our spiritual community. So this month, I’d like to focus on two significant milestones in the Christian journey: baptism and confirmation.

Baptism signifies the washing away of sin and the beginning of a lifelong commitment to following Christ. Through this symbolic act, we enter into a covenant with God, pledging to follow his teachings and to live a life guided by, and sharing, his love. If you are baptised as an adult believer, you are making a public commitment of your faith. When infants are baptised, parents and Godparents make promises on behalf of the child and as the people of God in a local Church, we welcome them into his family. 

Confirmation is a reaffirmation of promises made in baptism. It's a chance for individuals who have been baptised to declare their faith as they reaffirm their baptismal vows. During a confirmation service, the bishop will lay hands on your head and ask God’s Holy Spirit to give you the strength and commitment to live God’s way for the rest of your life.

We will have a Deanery confirmation service in July. In preparation, we are running an informal course looking at Baptism and Confirmation in the coming months - a chance for you to ask questions and to grow in understanding about what it means to be a Christian. Wherever you are on your faith journey, you are welcome to join us. Please get in touch with Revd Nigel and have a chat if you are interested.  

With love and blessings Revd Nigel Moat

News and Events

For all our latest news and events, please see our News and Events page which is regularly updated.

You can also catch up on all the latest information in our monthly newsletter. Click the button below to see the latest edition.

Baptisms, Wedding and Funerals.

If you would like to arrange a baptism, wedding or funeral in any of our churches, please see out Life Events pages. There you will find more information about how these can be arranged. For baptisms we would like to point you in the direction of our baptism coordinator who will guide you through the process. For weddings, your first point of call would be our Vicar, the Revd Nigel Moat. Funerals would normally be arranged via your chosen funeral director - but equally, you can contact Revd Nigel directly if you would like more information.

360 Church Tours

All Saint's Church, Hilgay

St Mary's Church, Crimplesham

St Mary's Church, Bexwell

St Mary's Church, Fordham

Deepening Your Relationship with Jesus

You will find some links below to various resources that you might use to deepen your relationship with Jesus. If you would like to suggest some other resources please let us know!

A free bible app that is available online and on your smart phone.

The daily prayer app from the Church of England.

A free daily devotional with Bible teachings.

Pray consistently for the people and causes you care about. 

Online Services

Some of our services from Bexwell can be found online. Everyone is more than welcome to join us. Please see the calendar for the online services - the zoom link and Meeting ID's can be found in the calendar entries for each. If you have any problems accessing the zoom service please drop as a line by contacting is using this online form.

Daily Prayer from the Church of England

You can catch up with the Church of England daily prayer here.