Godparents make the same promises on behalf of the child being baptised as do the parents. Godparents promise to pray and support the child, and to help the parents to bring up the child in the Christian faith. Being a godparent is an important and responsible role.
You can have as many as you like (within reason!) You should have a minimum of three: two of the same sex as the child and one of the opposite sex. Parents can also be godparents.
Godparents can be family members or friends. However, it is important that you choose people who will take an active interest in your childís spiritual welfare, and will pray for you and the child. Although clearly desirable, it is not at all essential that the godparent actually attends the baptism service. The major part of the godparentís role occurs in the long years after the baptism, before the child reaches an age when he/she can make choices for him/herself.
They should themselves be baptised.
Please ask us if you have any further queries.
Page posted 15 July 2012