River Baptism in Thame

Pippa HopcraftSunday brought with it fantastic weather, the long awaited duck race, but also the first baptisms to be held in the river Thame for many years. A 100-strong crowd gathered in the fields behind the Gibb’s residence and watched as four people from Cornerstone Thame Baptist Church were baptised in the river.


Paddy Harris, Pastor at Cornerstone said “There was a real buzz after the service, followed by baptisms in the river and a picnic on the cricket field. A number of people have said that it made them think of church differently and they may well start coming along on Sundays, which is great.”

Amazing experience

Pippa Hopcraft being baptised
Pippa Hopcraft being baptised in the River in Thame

Pippa Hopcraft was the first to be baptised and said, “The water was absolutely freezing, but it was brilliant to see so many friends and family watching me get baptised. I have lived in Thame all my life and never imagined when I was younger that this would ever happen to me.

Callum Overton, John and Helen Bancroft were also baptised on the day. “This is a fantastic day and something that has not happened in Thame for a very long time,” says Paddy. “We were blessed with good weather and Baptism is about a public declaration of faith, and you can’t get much more public. We got special permission from the Gibb family who own the land and Thame Town council unlocked gates to enable easy access. We would like to thank them both for being very supportive,” he concludes.

Cornerstone is a café-style church that meets every Sunday at 10 am in the Vernon Hall. Sunday services are open to all ages and are generally geared to be more open, interactive, regularly involve the use of video clips and more contemporary music.

The church provides a warm welcome wherever you are at when it comes to faith. Whether you want to simply explore Christianity or are looking to deepen and strengthen an existing faith, our church family has a place for you.

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