Life Events

Milestones in our lives - demand more than mere ceremony

'Rites of Passage' have always been important in every culture and there are now colourful additions - such as American-style school graduations - to add to the mix. However, the Church has always been to the forefront in marking Births, Deaths and Marriages and this section - which will develop over time, will provide answers to some of your questions about the way Christians in the Church of England mark these milestones.

Think for a moment: What is being said when someone is baptised? Rather big things! We are signalling the beginning of a life commitment to the Lord Jesus. In a service of Christian marriage we are, similarly, enacting something in the presence of God which signals commitment between two people and at a Christian funeral we take time to celebrate a human life and to recognise our love for them as we come to accept that they are no longer with us.

These events therefore demand something very much more significant than mere ceremony, and the Church takes very seriously its responsibility to provide preparation and pastoral support at these key life stages.

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New Bishop of Basingstoke to be consecrated

The Reverend Canon David Williams will be consecrated by the Most Reverend Justin Welby , the Archbishop of Canterbury, at Winchester Cathedral on Friday 19th September
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Winchester Cathedral's Learning Centre Reopened

HM Lord-Lieutenant Open Winchester Cathedral's Refurbished Learning Centre
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Odiham resident to cycle over 1000 miles

Steve Brown is raising funds for local church
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General Synod votes in favour of women bishops

Statement from the Bishop of Winchester
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Eleven new clergy ordained at Winchester Cathedral

New Deacons will serve communities across Hampshire and Dorset
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A new Bishop for Basingstoke

Winchester vicar David Williams appointed
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St Peter's Church, Ropley

Early on Thursday morning there was a serious fire at St Peter's Church in Ropley.
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Funeral and memorial service for Bishop John Baker

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Academy Drum Band Performs at Wolvesey for the Bishop’s Clergy and Readers Supper
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Bishop John Austin Baker

It is with deep sorrow that I advise the Right Reverend John Austin Baker died at 6 a.m. this morning, Wednesday 4 June.
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