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SeeRound Online March 2017 Issue 2

Celebrating a special relationship – parents and godparents

A family service

Godparents’ Sunday is an innovation that sets apart a Sunday to celebrate and pray for the special relationship families have with Godparents.

It is a response to research undertaken on behalf of the Archbishops’ Council looking at parents’ 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. Godparents are part of family life for all the years ahead, a relationship that will last into adulthood and beyond.

In 2017, Godparents’ Sunday will take place on 30th April with resources made available to help create a great day of welcome and celebration, but you can celebrate the role of godparents at any time of year if you wish.

Setting apart a Sunday is a great opportunity to share with families and ask for God’s blessing on godparents and their godchildren everywhere.

Follow Godparents’ Sunday on Twitter (@CofE_CSH) and Facebook for new posts and videos.

There’s a range of resources online to help celebrate Godparents’ Sunday and support them in their task throught the year.

These are available through the Church Print Hub and cover:

  • Posters, invitations and ideas to extend the widest possible welcome for Godparents’ Sunday.
  • Liturgy, hymns, prayers, activities and lots more to help you create a really welcoming and special service for godparents and godchildren.
  • Information on just how important to families godparents are.
  • Prayer resources for godparents to take away.

See churchsupporthub.org/baptisms/occasions-for-follow-up/godparents-sunday-30-april-2017/

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