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Thank you for agreeing to be a godparent. Being a godparent is a great privilege, and is about more than just sending Christmas and birthday cards. In the baptism service you will promise to pray for your godchild, and help them to follow Christ.
We hope that as a godparent you will commit yourself to your godchild’s spiritual growth and that you will try to help them understand their spirituality as they grow up.
The word spirituality comes from a word meaning ‘breath’. Human beings are spiritual because the breath of God is within them. Spirituality is how we experience and relate to God. As a godparent, the most important thing you can do is to listen to your godchild and value the things he or she tells you. Everyday experiences, and concerns about
other people and the planet, can lead naturally to the wonder and questioning which are doors to spirituality.
You are welcome to come to the baptism preparation sessions with your godchild's parents. You might also wish to download our godparents information sheet and an order of service.
HAVE YOU BEEN CHRISTENED (BAPTISED)?
The Church of England requires that all godparents must be christened themselves. That can be in any Christian church. Ideally godparents will have been confirmed as well but we do not insist upon this. The reason is that you will be promising to help your godchild on their journey in the Christian faith. You need to have started that journey yourself to help them on it. If you have not been christened the parents might still want to involve you in a special way in the life of their child. We can still celebrate this in the service without you being an official godparent.
HAVE YOU TALKED WITH THE PARENTS
ABOUT WHAT THEY EXPECT FROM YOU?
Apart from the promises they make in the service there are no set rules about what a godparent will do. What is important is that you have a discussion with the parents to make sure you agree how you can support your godchild in the way that they want you to.
WILL YOU PRAY FOR AND WITH YOUR
One of the important promises that you will make as a godparent is to pray for your godchild. Prayer is at the heart of the life of the church. Remembering your godchild before God even in an idle moment at work is never a wasted moment!
WILL YOU HELP YOUR GODCHILD
Will you go to church with them when you visit, or they visit you? Will you talk to them about the BIG things in
life as they grow up?