My family and I are Inquirers at an Antiochian parish and I am looking for tips on getting sponsors and or Godparents for our daughters my wife and myself. Our Priest has told us that once we have identified such that we should come to him first, rather than asking them first, which we will do. He has also advised us to walk not run, which I will try to do.
I'm just not sure how to proceed between now and giving him names. For example could one couple sponsor us all as a family or would we need individual sponsors? If we did need individual sponsors what might that need to look like. Could a gentleman sponsor me and his wife one of my daughters, while the other daughter and my wife had sponsors from two different families?
I've heard that sponsors/Godparents often get gifts of some sort for the sponsored, not that we would need or expect that anyone should, but if that's customary I would guess people would and I wouldn't want to be overly burdensome on anyone. Perhaps that's not even something I should be concerned about.
Are there other guidelines to consider? Gender, age, length of time a potential sponsor has been in the church, etc?
I'm guessing that there might be variance in custom between jurisdictions so led with ours but I would welcome good advice from any corner. Thanks for your help.