Baptisms, Thanksgivings and Confirmation.
If you've recently had a baby, congratulations! You're probably here because you want to bring the joy of that new life to God and the church. We have two options for you. First, you can bring the baby to church and we'll give thanks for his or her arrival and pray for you as a family together. Many families find that it's just that kind of "marker" that they're looking for. And we can make it special by involving any family or friends who will support your child as he/she grows, and support you, too. Secondly, we offer a baptism (or "christening", as some call it), in which you make promises for yourselves and your child about the Christian commitment in which he or she will be raised. That's both a serious and a joyful option, and it needs careful thought ahead of time.
Either way, do just come to church (probably to the 9.30 service, with more children), and talk to one of the staff afterwards. We'll then pick up the conversation with you and discuss what you think might be best. If this is the church in which you want to give thanks, then we want to make sure that you can feel at home - that's why we advise coming to the service first.
It's perhaps worth saying that thanksgiving and baptisms are all offered within the main service - we don't offer private services.
We are delighted to celebrate the faith of those who have not been baptised before, and we can offer baptism, either from the font or in a baptism pool for full immersion. We are not able to "re-baptise" those already baptised, but there are various ways of making a recommitment moment really important and helpful for you.
We regularly participate in confirmation services when the bishop visits to confirm the baptised.
The Church of England's approach to Holy Communion is very generous - we keep an open table. Nonetheless, if you want to receive Holy Communion regularly, we do encourage you to be confirmed and prayed-for by the church, if you have decided that this is your church home, at least while you're in Norwich. But this is also a good time for the initial commitment of an adult baptism to be expressed, and that may be appropriate, too.
If you feel that this step might be important for you and you would like to explore more about what this step means, please let us know and someone will contact you to discuss it further.