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

A crowd of more than 100 people gathered in the fields behind the home of the late Bee Gee, Robin Gibb, to witness four people from Cornerstone Thame Baptist Church undergo full submersion baptism in the river.

A crowd of more than 100 people gathered in the fields behind the home of the late Bee Gee, Robin Gibb, to witness four people from Cornerstone Thame Baptist Church undergo full submersion baptism in the river.

Pastor Paddy Harris 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 said it made them think of church differently and they may well start coming along on Sundays, which is great.”

Pippa Hopcraft was the first to be baptised and said afterwards: “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 and 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,” said Pastor Harris.

“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 all for their support.”

Cornerstone is a café-style church that meets every Sunday at 10am in the Vernon Hall.