Is there a minimum age for godparents?

There is actually no minimum age specified for godparents, but if you’re thinking of having a young godparent under the age of 18, talk to your vicar first. This page explains more.

If you’re thinking of asking a person who is under 18 to be a godparent, first talk to the vicar who will be taking the service. You will be able to talk together about whether this is the right decision, both for your child and for the young godparent.

There is actually no minimum age for godparents, but the chosen person must be mature enough to understand the lifelong commitment and responsibility they are taking on.

It’s a demanding role, but some quite young people do feel ready for these responsibilities. The vicar taking your service can help you decide.





Further information

  • The godparents’ promises

    During the Christening godparents say some very important things, making promises that will last a lifetime. It’s helpful to look at these before the day, so read on to find out more about these promises and how to discover more about what they mean.

  • Choosing godparents

    Godparents are really important. Choosing them is one of the biggest decisions you will make. Whether you are still thinking or have already asked some special friends, discover more about what it means to be or have godparents. Whether you have questions about gifts or want to explore the promises, there are answers to your questions here.