Q: What is the difference between a christening and a thanksgiving service in the Church of England? A: This service was initiated in 1999 by the Church of England as…
Written by Paula Jones Last updated: March 12, 2007
Whether it’s the godchild’s birthday or Christmas, make it a point to remember the date in your diary and send them a card, a loving gift and a phone call.
More than expensive presents, it is the time you spend with your godchild that will make the bond a meaningful one. Try to discover things that you can do together, a special interest or hobby or even a trip to the theatre or a museum.
The godparents are friendly mentors who can guide the child in times of doubt and confusion, helping to affirm their faith in religion, humanity and in oneself.
The best way to teach is by example and a godparent should be a role model that the child can aspire to.
Keep at least one day in the year that you will spend with a godchild. This could be the anniversary of the Christening day, which you could make a day that the two of you spend together. In case you have several godchildren you could consider inviting them over on your birthday or at Easter.
Possibly the most important aspect of being a godparent is to be there when the child needs help and cannot confide in a parent.
Traditionally, godparents were responsible for ensuring a child’s religious education and had the duty of looking after them if they...