… Is a Great Honour It suggests that you are special to your Godchild’s family and that you will be a special person to that child. It is certainly a compliment to have been asked- but it is a real responsibility too.
How much you can do will depend on a lot of things such as whether you live nearby, how easy it is to keep in touch with the family as a whole and your concerns with your own life and family. However, the main thing is to try to keep in touch so that your Godchild knows that essentially you are a special person for them.
” Parents and Godparents, the Church receives this child with joy. Today we are trusting God for their growth in faith. Will you pray for them, draw them by your example into the community of faith and walk with them in the way of Christ? ” – From the Baptism Service.
At the Baptism you will be asked the following questions:
- ” Do you turn the Christ? – I turn to Christ.”
- ” Do you repent of your sins? – I repent of my sins.”
- ” Do you renounce evil? – I renounce evil.”
From the Baptism Service.
When children become teenagers Godparents can be very important indeed. If you’ve developed a friendship with your Godchild in the early years you can be trusted adult who is not part of the immediate family and so is not involved with the everyday tensions that are a natural par of family life. At this stage Godparents can really come into their own as wise and helpful friends and guides.
• Mark each anniversary of their baptism as a kind of extra birthday. A card or gift may be appropriate. Christian bookshops usually have a helpful selection of things to choose from which will help your Godchild learn more about God.
• Keep in touch by letter or speak with them about how your understanding and experience of God is changing. This helps them see by your example that the Christian faith isn’t a ‘Sundays only’ affair. Take a special interest in what they’re doing and, above all be prepared to listen.
• When you visit or stay with your Godchild’s family do offer to read and pray with your Godchild at bedtime. If you’re there on a Sunday, be sure to take them with you to church.
• Encourage them to look forward to being Confirmed and receiving Holy Communion. Ask the Rector if you can present them to the Bishop at their Confirmation.