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Godparents Guide
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The Church of Saint Matthew,

apostle & evangelist

Worcester, Massachusetts

Founded 1871

A parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts

A Guide for Godparents

Chosen as a Baptismal Sponsor

You are going to be a godparent.

Congratulations on being chosen as a baptismal sponsor.

A very special relationship embracing your godchild, you, and God begins here.

The Book of Common Prayer tells us that baptism is “the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God” (p.858).  To be baptized is to enter into life in Christ.

What qualifies you to be a Sponsor/Godparent?

What is expected of you as a sponsor/godparent?

You will:

Collect for the Baptism of the Lord

Father in Heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized in his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, in glory everlasting.  Amen.

(BCP, p. 214)

How can you prepare to be a Sponsor/Godparent?

You can:

What does a Sponsor/Godparent do during the baptismal service?

What are the baptismal promises?

What is a Sponsor/Godparent’s role after the Baptism?

We hope that the newly-baptized persons, supported through the future by family and godparents, will mature in the Christian faith. Godparents can support this growth by prayer and example.

Above all, with confidence allow your lifelong relationship to evolve over time as Christ guides you both through life.

A detail from the mosaics of the Neoniano Baptistery in Ravenna, Italy (5th century)

Resources used:

“Chosen to be a Sponsor” from St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, Washington DC

St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, Woodstock IL