History

The Story of God's People in Campden

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14

Christians have been meeting here for over 300 years. You will find us in the High Street, just off the Square in the centre of the beautiful Cotswold market town of Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, England.

God has blessed us with growth for a number of years, enabling us to plant two new churches, in Shipston on Stour and Bidford on Avon, both of which are now thriving churches in their own right. Our morning congregation has continued to be blessed and in September 2009 our morning service was moved to the main hall in Chipping Campden School. God continues to bless us and we have seen many new people come to the church, along with baptisms and healings. It is not about a building – it is about God!

More and more people from all walks of life and a wide age range are finding out that Chipping Campden Baptist Church is an exciting place to be, and encountering the love of God powerfully in their own lives. We would like to share God’s love with others in our church life, families, community, social lives and places of work. We meet as part of God’s family to learn more about him and express our worship to him together.

Non-conformists began to worship in Chipping Campden in around 1662.

In 1724 The Baptist Church was formed

In 1867 The Baptist Church closed

In 1870  The church re-opened including the construction of the current High Street Building Premises.

From the 1960’s onwards, church attendance and membership began to decline across the North Cotswolds. Many Baptist Chapels closed, including Blockley, Paxford and Shipston Baptist Chapels. The same thing was happening at Chipping Campden Baptist Church, our membership reached just six people.

However, that small handful of faithful believers, prayed, worshipped, trusted and looked to God. Instead of closure, God began to build and grow His Kingdom.

CCBC Congregation in 1984

CCBC Congregation in 1984

The Church before renovation & refurbishment

The Church before renovation & refurbishment