Diocese of Chichester

Godparents Celebrated

A church in Ringmer, East Sussex is commemorating Godparents Sunday on 5 July and the whole community has been called on to help.

On 30 jun 2020

In Diocese of Chichester

By Diocese of Chichester

With public worship and large gatherings still uncertain in many areas churches are thinking creatively about how to mark this and other important days in the Christian calendar.

Godparents play an important role in the upbringing of many children and young people - it is a relationship that will last for a lifetime.

Marissa Hayes, Children’s Worker at St Mary’s Ringmer, said: “Although there will be no formal worship in church, the building will be open and the church will be using its website and Facebook to celebrate the many gifts and promises of Baptism and there will be a special family-friendly service available online.

“Over 40 children and young people have been baptised at St Mary’s in the past five years and we have a special Baptism Tree on permanent display.

“We are now looking to connect with these families again and are asking them to share a special picture of the day. The challenge is not limited to all recent Baptisms at St Mary’s – we want to celebrate all Baptism stories and find the longest Godparent-Godchild relationship too.”

Can you help? Marisa is looking for family photographs which may be used as part of the church display during July. If you would like to celebrate your Baptism story and share your godparent, godchild memories and a photograph or two, please get in touch with Marisa Hayes. marisaahayes@Gmail.com before 3 July.

Although there is no official Godparent Sunday this year because of Covid 19 there are still things you can do. Find resources on the Church Support Hub https://churchsupporthub.org/godparents-sunday