May letter: Christenings in the Church of England

I wonder how many of you have a Godparent, or perhaps you are a Godparent yourself. Godparents are really special people. They make serious promises at the christening of a child and many are part of a family for years. It’s such an important relationship that the Church of England sets aside a whole day to celebrate. This year, it will be on May 6th and if you are a Godparent you will be prayed for on that day. This is a good day to let your Godparents or Godchildren know how much they mean to your family.

Throughout the summer there will be a number of Christenings in our local churches. Parents want the very best for their children. They want them to make right choices in life, for themselves and for others.  Parents want the very best for them, and so does God. Godparents 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.

A christening is just the start of a journey with God and over the years to come parents and Godparents share this journey by:

  • Being there for the child to talk to about the bigger questions of life – questions about hope, faith and love.
  • Praying for the child through the ups and downs of their faith journey.
  • Showing them practically how to make those good choices in life.
  • Helping them to learn more about their Christian faith, through their church and in other ways.

Choosing the right people as godparents is a big decision for parents.   Godparents will be people who’ll be in touch with your family for many years to come. They may be relatives or friends of the family.   They’ll be people who you know you can trust and who’ll be there for your child to talk about the bigger questions in life; questions about faith, hope and love.

Because of the very special role they have in supporting a child’s faith journey, godparents must be baptized themselves and they should pray for their godchild through the ups and downs of their life and their faith journey.

It’s a demanding role, but help is always at hand, through your church, and of course from God, who will bless all you do to help your godchild.

So, on May 6th take a moment to thank God for your Godparent.

Rev Sarah

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