Do godparents have to be baptized in the Church of England?

They can be, but they don’t have to be. This page explains more.

It is a basic requirement that godparents should be baptized themselves, and ideally confirmed too, but that doesn’t necessarily mean their baptism/confirmation should have been in the Church of England.

People who have been baptized in the Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, United Reformed Church and other Christian denominations, can also be godparents at a Church of England christening.



Further information

  • Do godparents have to be confirmed?

    Ideally yes, but talk to your vicar if you simply can’t find three confirmed godparents. Read on for more about this.

  • The role of a godparent

    Godparents are really special. They are not just special on the day but special for a child’s life, even when they are grown-up themselves. It’s a life-long commitment which will involve special times and treats, but much more as well. Discover more about what it means to be a good godparent here.