Marriage is the way in which a man and woman declare their love for each other and promise to live together and share all that they have for life. While it is a very personal commitment, it is also a public one and declares their relationship to the wider community. Marriage in church adds a spiritual dimension. The couple consciously make their vows, not only before each other and witnesses, but also in the sight of God. In return, they are assured that, no matter what may arise in their lives together,  God will be with them, seeking to sustain and support them with his love.

The Church of England sees marriage as the best environment for lifelong companionship and for the nurture of children. It is in this relationship that intimate sexual sharing finds its proper place, expressing, enriching and deepening a couple's love for each other. If you are interested in finding out more about marriage or the marriage service, your local church will be able to help you. You can also find more information on the main Church of England website


Even with the best intentions in the world, not all marriages last the whole of a couple's natural lifespan. Divorce and re-marriage are issues that need to dealt with carefully. In the Church of England, it is possible to marry again after divorce, depending on the circumstances. If you are seeking to marry after a divorce, you should contact your local vicar who will explore it with you.

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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.

Debbie Thrower installed as an Honorary Canon

Debbie Thrower has been installed as an honorary lay Canon and member of Winchester Cathedral Chapter

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.

New Chair of the House of Clergy appointed

On Saturday 8 November Diocesan Synod appointed a new Chair of the House of Clergy

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.

Bishops to mark Remembrance Sunday

Local Bishops will commemorate outbreak of World War One alongside communities in Winchester, Southampton and Basingstoke

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.

New Bishop of Basingstoke consecrated

The Reverend Canon David Williams consecrated by the Most Reverend Justin Welby , the Archbishop of Canterbury, at Winchester Cathedral

New Archdeacon for Mission Development starts work

Rev Canon Dr Paul Moore joins Diocesan team

Winchester Cathedral's Learning Centre Reopened

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