Can we change our godparents after a christening?

There is no official way to change godparents once a christening has taken place, but read on to see what can be done if godparents can no longer fulfil their role for some reason.

Godparents make big promises at a christening, and their names will be permanently recorded in the church’s Baptism Register.

Because of the lifelong commitment of parents and godparents at a christening, there can be no ‘re-christening’ once it has taken place, and there’s no official way to change the godparents.

However, if a family finds themselves without the support of their chosen godparents, for whatever reason, they are free to ask others in their life to take on a similar role unofficially. It may also be helpful to talk to the local vicar for further advice.

Further information

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