are for YOU.
They’re special. They’re people who your
parents want to play a unique role in your life, and who they
trust to be close to you.
Everyone’s heard of fairy godmothers -
a kind of instant rescue service, someone who’s there when
all else fails and usually gives you rather good presents.
In a way, that’s true. Godparents are there to set you off
on the journey of faith, helping you to become the person
that God has created you to be. Like your parents, they promise
to be there for you, to watch out for you, share the experience
and offer signposts. Because they are GODparents, their special
responsibility is to help you find out more about God and
the Christian faith. They believe this will be a gift for
you that lasts forever (but they may give you the odd worldly
Your Godparents have promised to ‘walk
with you in the way of Christ’ and ‘help you to take your
place within the life and worship of Christ’s church.’ They
make promises saying that they reject everything that is bad
and wrong in the world, that they will try to live good lives
themselves and that they are sorry for all the sins that break
up our good relationship with God and the people around us.
They promise that they ‘turn to Christ’
as their saviour and as the person who shows them how to live
the sort of life that God wants for us. Many Christians -
most in some churches - are baptised while they are babies
or young children. In some churches people are only baptised
as adults. Then they will not have godparents but may have
‘sponsors’ to support them.
What can you expect?
Godparents are all different. So it’s
difficult to say what you can expect from yours. But at the
very least you can expect them to be interested in you and
on your side. You should be able to trust them - maybe at
times when you don’t feel like talking to your parents.
Of course, like anything else, you are
more likely to have a good relationship with your Godparents
if you spend a bit of time and effort on them too. Tell them
about what’s going on in your life, and what is important
to you. And ask them about their own life and experiences.
If they don’t live nearby you could invite them to your church,
or ask to go to theirs, or visit somewhere together. Your
Godmother or Godfather should be happy to be with you and
talk with you about the things that really matter in life.
That’s what being a Godparent is all about!
When did you last see your Godparent?
Even if you are not close to your godparents
now, when you were baptised they felt proud to take an active
part in your life. Sometimes circumstances change, people
drift away. But even absent godparents will remember that
special relationship they have with you. They will probably
feel a sense of loss because they have been out of touch.
So why not trace them and give them a
call? If you have their email address let them know about
this site or let us contact them for you.