Your baby or child can be baptised in churches across the Diocese in a service that is often called a christening. This is a service in which parents thank God for his gift of life and make a decision to start their child on a journey of faith.
More details about christenings can be found on the Church of England’s website:
Thinking about getting married? Congratulations!
Getting married in church is a sign to your friends, family and most importantly to each other that you are ready to make a public declaration of love and commitment in front of those who love you and are part of your life together, including God.
The Church of England’s weddings website contains a wealth of information you may find useful:
Changes to marriage law for non-EEA nationals in the Church of England came into effect on 2 March 2015 Information is available .
Funerals are used to mark the end of a person’s life on earth, with family and friends coming together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and to commend the person into God’s keeping. Every funeral is different – some are small quiet ceremonies, whilst others are large occasions in a packed church.
You can find more information about funerals on the Church of England’s website:
Dates for confirmations in 2017 and a message from Bishop Tim are available on our Diocesan Confirmation Dates page.
Confirmation usually takes place after a person has explored his or her faith with others in the church. Most churches offer confirmation preparation where key aspects of the Christian faith can be explored, and details of the confirmation service and the statements and promises a person makes are discussed.
This will include helping you to play a fuller part in the church and identifying points that will help you to grow as a Christian. The confirmation service also requires the congregation to make promises to support the confirmation candidate in his or her faith journey.
Please give generously to the World Church…
The World Mission Group (WMG) is responsible to the Diocese of Winchester for the welfare and interests of our various Diocesan Companion Links. Members of the group are representatives of all the Deaneries, some with a particular focus on an overseas church through friendships, visits and prayer. The Anglican Companion Links in this diocese are:
Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Myanmar (Burma)
Funding for this work is primarily raised from a Bishop’s visit to your parish for a Confirmation service.
The WMG is able to award Grants to our ‘companions’ for theological, educational, and specialised training. Some study is undertaken in the UK but the majority is done in people’s home dioceses or province.
Parishes are encouraged to contribute half of their offering at a Confirmation service to OCP, and the other half to a mission agency or initiative of their own choice. Your donation is very much appreciated; it will enable important training for leadership to continue and flourish for our sisters and brothers in Christ in these parts of the World Church.
Cheques should be made payable to WDBF and sent to Fiona Wingent (Finance Assistant) at the Diocesan Office or electronically to 55-81-26 account 00342564 with a covering email to Fiona.
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