The idea for eGodparent came from a conversation
between Peter West and his old friend, Chris Bain, about how poorly they
fulfilled their Godparental responsibilities towards each other's children.
They quickly saw that the Internet was the perfect medium for:
We have asked representatives from the major Christian churches in the UK to contribute their thoughts on what Godparenting means in the 21st century. We have also canvassed the thoughts of people outside the Church as to what it can mean to those who see it as a spiritual rather than a religious obligation. However, this is a site for Godparents. We have already gathered some stories of Godparenting, good and bad, and we would really like to hear more. So, if you had a brilliant Godparent, tell us what they did that was so great; and if you think you have got it just right with your Godchildren, tell us how you do it, so we can all share and learn.
We also found, with the help of our own children and other friends and family advisors, we could put together a list of gifts suitable for specific ages and gender. Our selection is far more diverse and interesting than can be found under the roof of any toy shop or gift shop, or, for that matter, in any of the internet sites we trawled. Some have more toys, some have more books, but we have tried to provide a wide variety of presents, while reducing the mind-boggling array you can sometimes find, to a manageable selection. And all at competitive prices. We are sure you can think of great presents we do not stock. We would, therefore, really like to hear any suggestions. We have only just started and we hope to increase the range substantially next year, so please feel free to contribute.Click here
eGodparent supports a number of different charities: Peter and Chris have for some years supported children in Africa and India through World Vision and they are keen to continue this support through eGodparent. So please excuse us if we ask you, when you make a purchase on the site, to think for a moment about what a similar amount would buy for a child in Ethiopia, Bangladesh etc. If you do not know their work already, go and look at the World Vision site for yourself and see what they do. Think of sponsoring a child and encouraging your own Godchild to get involved - maybe do a project on it for school.
We are offering two animal adoption schemes as gifts. These do not mean you have to buy gifts for those animals until they are confirmed! We just felt that adopting an animal, be it a rhino at Whipsnade or an elephant at the Born Free Foundation in Kenya, would be a thought provoking gift for a Godchild. Both our charities and eGodparent make nothing out of passing on your contribution.
Elizabeth Handy, our wonderful portrait photographer, available in the 'Fantastic Gifts' category, has agreed to waive any fees, but ask, instead for a contribution to be made to one of a number of child-related charities.