St Philip and St James’ Church, Grafton Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2DL


Baptisms


 

Baptism Photo“Heavenly Father, by the power of your Holy Spirit you give your faithful people new life in the water of baptism.”

Baptism services, also known as Christenings, usually take place on the first Sunday of the month in our 10am service.  Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives, the first step in response to God’s love.

In January 2020 we moved out of our Church building for twelve months to enable our reordering project.  During this time, we will be worshipping at St James school and Cheltenham College chapel.  Over the next year, we can conduct baptisms/christenings at St James School on the first Sunday of the month in our 10am morning service or at St Peter’s, Leckhampton as a separate service, usually conducted at 12.30 on a Sunday.

We conduct baptisms for anyone living in the parish.  For others who wish to have their child baptised here but do not normally attend Pip and Jim’s, we ask that families come and worship with us at least three times before the baptism service.  It is an important opportunity for us to get to know one another.   We hope that you will find Pip and Jim’s a family friendly space in which you and your child can make friends, learn about Jesus and grow in your understanding of the God of love.

Children often have four or more Godparents whose role is to support the child and the family, and to enable the child to learn something of the Christian faith.  In this way, children are able to make an informed decision for themselves about their own faith commitments when they come of age.  With this in mind, we ask that, between parents and godparents, at least three of you need to have been baptised (in any mainstream Church).

We realise that with family travelling from further afield, the first Sunday of the month is not always possible.  If this is the case, it is possible to have a baptism service at 12.30 on other Sundays.  This would be just for your family and friends and would last about half an hour.  If possible, however, we would love to welcome you properly in our first Sunday service!

Baptism services are free; however, we would ask that you consider making a donation to the work of the church, which can be put in the plate at the end of the service.

To make an enquiry, please download our enquiry form, complete it and email to the office.  Should you have a general enquiry, please feel free to ring the office. Our contact details are at the bottom left of this page.