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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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

Odiham resident to cycle over 1000 miles

Steve Brown is raising funds for local church

General Synod votes in favour of women bishops

Statement from the Bishop of Winchester

Eleven new clergy ordained at Winchester Cathedral

New Deacons will serve communities across Hampshire and Dorset

A new Bishop for Basingstoke

Winchester vicar David Williams appointed

St Peter's Church, Ropley

Early on Thursday morning there was a serious fire at St Peter's Church in Ropley.

Funeral and memorial service for Bishop John Baker