Role of the Godparent in the 21st Century
By Rt Revd James Jones, Bishop of
Liverpool (C of E)
Choosing a Godparent is sometimes a tricky business! You can
risk offending both family and friends! It's important to
know what to look for.
By Rt Revd John Treadgold, Dean of
Baptism and Christening
are two words that have come to be used to mean broadly the
same thing. But John was already baptising before the Christian
Church really started, so let us look at how the two words
Candle as a symbol of Baptism
By Fr Peter Wilson
"Parents and godparents,
this light is entrusted to you to be kept burning brightly"
Handy was a hopeless Godfather
By Charles Handy
I am a hopeless godfather
- until they are teenagers.
By Revd. Dr Edwin Robertson
They were called 'Baptists' because of the importance they
attached to baptism and the way in which they carried it out.
By Elizabeth Handy
I was very flattered
whenever I was asked to be a godmother.I have enjoyed
my godchildren especially as they have got older. It is I
find a very special relationship.
at Catholic Baptisms
By Rt Revd. Leo McCartie, Bishop of Northampton (RC)
The traditional custom of choosing a godparent for a christening comes to us from the Roman world. The godparent was originally called a patronus which meant a protector who was adopted by the Christian parents for the sake of the future of the child
on being asked to be a Godparent
By Fr David Oakley, M.Ed., Ph.D.,
Parish Priest of the Church of St Giles in Cheadle
have been asked to be a Godparent. You will, undoubtedly,
feel that this is a great honour. You may also experience
more than a few feelings of unworthiness and self-doubt.
I enjoy being a Godparent
By Nicholas Coleridge
I doubt there is a nicer, more welcome invitation in the world than being asked
to become a godparent.
forget your Godchild in your will!
By Nick Hidden
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By Steve Goodman
Put gay people (men in
particular) and children together and some people just cannot
cope. There is an underlying misconception that paedophilia
and homosexuality are the same thing.
By Professor Ian Markham and the
Revd Giles Legood
need for Godparents (or sponsors as they used to be called)
arose when people converted to Christianity from another religion.
In the ancient world, there were many religions each with
different practices and beliefs.
want a famous Godparent
By Rosie Millard
the dictionary definition of godparent as "religious
trainer". If the prospective one is famous, well-connected
or royal, old-fashioned concepts of integrity and spiritual
guidance go right out of the window. A famous godparent, or
even a godparent married to someone famous is the accoutrement
desired by every aspirational parent for their sprog.
was a teenage Godmother
By Virginia Carr
today being a godparent is as common as Patsy Palmer, there
is a certain frisson about the position that makes it a very
special one. I realised this even at the tender age of 10
when I was first asked to godparent my cousin Charles, and
seven years later, for my cousin Heidi.
not much of a church goer
By Nigel Johnson
Do I have to be a commited
Christian to be a Godparent? Do you have to be English to
play sports for England? Can I celebrate Christmas if I am
not a Christian?