- St James' Church
- Church Street
- Chipping Campden
- GL55 6JG
Church Office: 01386 841927
Are you thinking about baptism?
The church of St James, Chipping Campden, is delighted that you are considering baptism (also known as ‘christening’), whether it is for yourself or your child. St James’ welcomes anyone who wishes to be baptised. The church supports people coming for baptism, together with parents and godparents. We will journey with you as together we explore and grow in the Christian faith.
What should I do first of all?
a. Parent(s)who are seeking baptism for their child(ren) and adults seeking baptism are first encouraged to come along to the worship at St James to ensure that they are comfortable with the style of worship and happy to make St James their spiritual home.
b. When they have attended at least two services and are sure this is the church for you, you should speak to a member of the clergy or to the Parish Administrator and they will agree a date and time and complete a ‘Baptism application form’.
c. We encourage parents and, where possible, Godparents to come along to services at the church which take place at 9.30am and 11am every week (although occasionally there may be changes – see notices). These services will help to give you a basic grasp of the life and worship of the Christian community and enable you to feel part of it.
Are there any special legal requirements for baptism in the Church of England?
There are certain legal requirements that must be met, but these shouldn’t be an obstacle to baptism and they will be discussed when you meet the Vicar.
What does it cost?
There is no fee for a baptism.
When do Baptisms take place?
Baptisms usually take place on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 11am.
The role of the Godparent is to pray for their godchild, to help them grow as Christians. It is a requirement that godparents are baptized.
A Service of Thanksgiving and Blessing
Many people feel they would like to give thanks for their child in Church in a very special way, to seek God’s blessings for their child and mark the occasion with a family celebration. For some people, however, baptism can feel like a big commitment which they are not yet ready to make. In this case, parents may like to consider a special service of ‘Thanksgiving and Blessing’. This is a shorter service without the water or the promises of baptism.