Godparents’ Sunday

The Revd Dr Sandra Millar, Head of Projects for the Archbishops' Council

The first ever Sunday to celebrate the unique role of Godparents took place on May 1st 2016.

Churches throughout the Church of England were invited to use this date to celebrate all that godparents contribute to the amazing journey of faith. This was a great opportunity to invite recent baptism families to come along with godparents to a special service, but also a chance to get all those in the congregation who are godparents or godchildren to pray for one another.

The event will be repeated in 2017 on Sunday, April 30th with similar resources.

Special invitations will be available from www.churchprinthub.org, and a whole host of other materials to help make the day stand out. Downloadable prayers and liturgies specifically written for the day will be available from www.churchsupporthub.org as well.

Godparents’ Sunday is a response to research undertaken on behalf of Archbishops’ Council looking at parent’s real experiences and expectations around the baptism of their child. One of the biggest findings of the research was that godparents really, really matter to families. In fact, 91% of parents gave having godparents as a reason for wanting to have their child baptized at a christening. Godparents are part of family life for all the years ahead, a relationship that will last into adulthood and beyond.

So setting apart a Sunday to celebrate and pray for this special relationship is a great opportunity to share with families and ask for God’s blessing on godparents and godchildren everywhere.