Welcome to the St. Matthew's Thorpe Hamlet website.
We are an Anglican Church (also called Church of England) our Services include sharing bread and wine, sometimes called Communion, the Eucharist or Mass. St Matthew's is home to people who have been Christians for many years, those who have just begun thinking about Faith and have questions, and everyone in between. What unites us is a faith or intuition that our own stories make sense in the light of the Jesus story and that we are created by a God who loves and delights in us.
We are a Church that seeks to welcome everyone, sometimes that means adapting what we do in order to meet people's needs. We are happy to do that, so if you or your family have specific needs please let us know. We are an inclusive Church which means we are all welcome, whatever our gender, race or sexual orientation and with whatever needs we have. We are also a Recovery Friendly Church committed to supporting people in their mental health and well-being. Children and young people are well looked after at St. Matthews. We run a children's Church group during the main service on a Sunday and Outrage, our youth group, on Sunday evenings. During the week we have Family Fun, a children’s craft and story session on Monday from 3.15pm to 5pm, and Play Cafe on Thursday mornings from 9am to 11am. If you would like to know more please look at our Children's and Youth pagewhere you can also find contact details for our Children and Youth leaders. All of our children's activities are free though of course donations are very welcome.
You might want to come to St. Matthew's because you are thinking about baptism (also called Christening) or a Church wedding. If so please contact Rev. Patrick Jordan who will be happy to help you.
Whatever the reason you have for visiting our website we hope you find the information you need, if not then please contact us, we are keen to help!
We are all made in the image of God: Christians celebrate God's creation at Norwich Pride
Christians will be taking part in Norwich Pride on Saturday July 27th to celebrate God’s love for humanity in all its diversity and they are inviting others to join them.
We believe that God loves all of us and delights in all of us. So we want to be at Pride to say that this year. Some of us are LGBT+ Christians and want to enjoy the day and show that there are many who are Gay and Christian! Others of us are here with our LGBT+ fellow Christians because we wish to celebrate with them and thank God for the great and colourful diversity of all creation! We also want to say ‘Sorry’ to all LGBT+ because the Church has often been very unfriendly, openly hostile and homophobic. Sadly there is still far too much of that around. We are offended by all this negative and hostile stuff. We want to shout loudly that God loves all humanity, male and female, lesbian and gay and straight, trans and intersex, and all of us who are still trying to work it out. Traditionally the Church has said that to be gay is not what God intends for anybody. We strongly disagree! God made us all in our rich diversity and loves us all equally. God wants us all to be able to rejoice in who we are and how we are made. In the morning there will be a stall outside St Peter Mancroft church where clergy and lay people from across the Diocese will welcome all who pass by.There will be the opportunity to talk to those on the stall, or to ask them to pray with or for you. In this year of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, all are invited to tie rainbow ribbons on our board which remembers some of the places where it isn’t ok to be LGBTI, or where Pride can’t be celebrated.