Parents and Godparents

The role of parents and godparents at a baptism .... and onwards


It is a wonderful privilege to be a parent, and you have the minute-by-minute joy, care and responsibility of your offspring. As you bring your child to baptism, you minds will be full of thanksgiving for his/her life and health, for the safety of mother, and for all the care that has surrounded childbirth. You will be wondering too what sort of life lies ahead, what sort of world? And you will be acutely aware of the need for good parenting, and good support and examples and role models. You will have chosen godparents carefully: they are among the most important people at a christening, who make big promises to encourage their godchild to grow in faith and commit to helping them understand how to live their life in a Christian way.


  • Give your time to your godchild to talk to about the bigger questions of life – questions about hope, faith and love.

  • Model and encourage them to develop Christian values – being kind and compassionate towards others, being generous towards others in need with time or money and standing against things in the world that cause injustice and suffering.

  • Pray for your godchild through the ups and downs of their life and their faith journey.

  • Show them practically how to make good choices in life, for themselves and for others. This might mean talking to them about how to stay healthy, how to resist temptations that can harm us and other people, how to care for God’s amazing world and how to handle peer pressure as they grow older.

  • Help them to learn more about the Christian faith, through their church and in other ways. Going to church with them, talking about what the Bible shows us and helping them learn how to pray are all brilliant ways to support your godchild.