10 things for godparents and godchildren to do together

10 things for godparents and godchildren to do together

By the Revd Sandra Millar.

I recently spent some time with my wonderful 4 year old goddaughter. We walked around Gloucester cathedral together, while Evensong was taking place. As I pointed out stained glass, high ceilings, giant pillars and more, all I kept hearing was a whispered “Wow!”.  It was wonderful to share this experience together. On a different day altogether I was with my 31 year old godson, sharing a meal with him and his wife, discussing the challenges live throws up and laughing at shared memories.  Then last weekend I was at a funeral of a person in their seventies, and found myself talking to one of her god-daughters about how important she had been in her life over nearly 50 years.

Godparents and godchildren have a very special, lifelong relationship.  Here are a few ideas of how to enjoy that time together, getting to know each other, getting to wonder at God’s world, and discovering how to bless and pray for one another.

  1. Revisit the action: go back together to the church where the christening happened. Take some new photos – then play spot the difference!
  2. Face your fears: do something brave together. That might be looking at a spider or walking through a tunnel, visiting a car wash or dancing in the dark
  3. Give it large: challenge each other to do something for a charity that you both support
  4. Little wonder: find the tiniest thing that amazes you about creation and share the joy
  5. Shine a light: make a visit together to the nearest cathedral or open church and light a candle for each other
  6. Sky high: choose a moment when you will each stand or sit in the highest place you know and name ten things you see
  7. Shared names:Each find a pebble/stone and paint a name on it. Remember the name you were given at your christening
  8. Surprise, Surprise: Be a surprise blessing to each other by doing something unexpected that brings a smile
  9. Playtime: Play your favourite childhood game together – for real or on Skype – hopscotch or a video game?
  10. Never too late: teach other a new skill – skimming stones, drumming, ballet, cartwheels – and send us the video!
  11. Pray: complete this prayer for each other using just 10 words:  Dear God ……