CofE Norwich Diocese The Briningham Benefice


What is baptism...


In baptism, you as parents are: thanking God for his gift of life, deciding to start your child on the journey of faith and asking for the Church's support.

For your child, baptism: marks the start of a journey of faith, which involves turning away from the darkness of self-centredness, turning towards Christ and becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family.

Baptism is a 'sacrament': a visible sign of God's love. In baptism, we are thanking God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledging his love. We are acknowledging that we all need to turn away from the darkness of evil and to make a new start with God.

So you want to have your child baptised...

Everyone who lives in any of our six parishes (or even outside if there is a family link with our churches) is allowed to have their children baptised in their Parish Church.

There is no charge; but we do leave a collection plate out at the end of the service for donations!

Parents and godparents should be baptised themselves. If you are not, we would be happy to talk with you about baptising you at the same service as your child.

Baptisms can take place during a church service or they can be arranged for a separate time

In the service, you promise that you will do what you can to bring your child up as a Christian, and we promise that we will make her/him welcome as part of the church.


Godparents are people who will have an interest in their godchild throughout their lives. Perhaps family members or friends, godparents promise to pray and support their godchild and to help the parents to bring up the child in the Christian faith.

Our top tips for being a great godparent

  1. Pray for your godchild regularly
  2. Set an example of Christian living
  3. Spend time with your godchild or if that's not possible write or email them
  4. Remember the anniversary of their baptism as well as their birthday
  5. Encourage them to find out about the Christian faith

Helpful Links:

Baptism in the Church of England

Help for Godparents

Email the Rector to arrange a Baptism

Briningham St Maurice Hunworth St Lawrence Swanton Novers St Edmund
Brinton St Andrew Stody St Mary Thornage All Saints

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