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Christenings - Godparents


It is the godparents' responsibility to support you in bringing your child to be made a member of the Church, and in making the promises.

They should also share with you the responsibility of bringing up your child as a Christian - that is, as someone who knows and loves Jesus.

This is a very demanding task, and you shouldn't choose people as godparents just because you are afraid of offending them if you don't, or as a compliment to them.

You should choose godparents who will be able and willing to take a lot of trouble over helping your child to grow in faith, to pray for your child and to encourage them to live a Christian life.
Godparents must themselves have been baptised, and normally they should be regular churchgoers.

They don't have to belong to the Church of England: if they do, they should usually have been confirmed. Godparents should be over the age of 16, or be confirmed and regularly attending a Christian church. 

It is usual to have at least two godparents of the same sex as the child, and one of the opposite sex. You can have as many more as you wish.