Can you be a godparent without a christening?
Generally, the person has to have been baptized and has to be in good moral standing with a church. In some Catholic dioceses, both godparents must be Catholic, while in others, only one of them must.
What can you do instead of a christening?
Church blessings or thanksgivings are an ideal alternative to a christening if you would like your child to be welcomed into the Christian church without the full commitment of a baptism.
What is an alternative to godparents?
Some alternative names for Godparents include: Guardian. Guide parent. Honorary Auntie and Uncle.
What does being a godparent mean legally?
In both religious and civil views, a godparent tends to be an individual chosen by the parents to take an interest in the child’s upbringing and personal development, to offer mentorship or claim legal guardianship of the child if anything should happen to the parents.
What paperwork is needed to be a godparent?
Those designated as godparents must have received the three sacraments of initiation, baptism, confirmation, and eucharist, and be living a life consistent with faith and with the responsibility of a godparent.
Do godparents have any legal rights?
In the United States, the godparent has no rights because he or she is not a member of the family or tied into the family legally. Even if the child wants to see the godparent and the parents do not want this to happen, they get the last say as the legal guardians of the youth.
How many godparents can a child have?
Traditionally, Christian children have three godparents in total, though they can have as many as the parent wants. Girls usually have two godmothers and one godfather while boys have two godfathers and one godmother but there is no hard and fast rules nowadays.
Can I get my baby christened if I don’t go to church?
The answer is that anyone is allowed to have a Christening service irrespective of marital status, sexuality etc. You don’t need to have been Christened yourself and you dont even need to be a regular church goer to have your child Christened – the church will wholeheartedly welcome everyone!