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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Legislation on women bishops becomes law

The General Synod has enacted the measure enabling women to be ordained as Bishops in the Church of England.
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Debbie Thrower installed as an Honorary Canon

Debbie Thrower has been installed as an honorary lay Canon and member of Winchester Cathedral Chapter
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Bishop Tim Dakin's visit to East Africa

The Bishop of Winchester recently returned from an official visit to East Africa in his capacity as the Church of England’s spokesperson on further and higher education.
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New Chair of the House of Clergy appointed

On Saturday 8 November Diocesan Synod appointed a new Chair of the House of Clergy
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Diocese welcomes changes to Reader Ministry

This summer, with the agreement of the Bishop’s Council and in line with other dioceses, we have started to use the term ‘Licensed Lay Minister’ (LLM) rather than ‘Reader’ for all those exercising this important ministry.
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Bishops to mark Remembrance Sunday

Local Bishops will commemorate outbreak of World War One alongside communities in Winchester, Southampton and Basingstoke
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The Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt RIP

We are sorry to announce the death of the former Bishop of Winchester, the Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt.
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New Bishop of Basingstoke consecrated

The Reverend Canon David Williams consecrated by the Most Reverend Justin Welby , the Archbishop of Canterbury, at Winchester Cathedral
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New Archdeacon for Mission Development starts work

Rev Canon Dr Paul Moore joins Diocesan team
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Winchester Cathedral's Learning Centre Reopened

HM Lord-Lieutenant Open Winchester Cathedral's Refurbished Learning Centre
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