WHAT IS THE MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE ?
The Marriage Preparation Course is a series of five sessions to help engaged couples or those exploring the possibility of marriage, to build strong foundations for their future together. Over five evenings, you will learn practical tools to help you:
- Learn the art of communication
- Recognise the importance of commitment
- Resolve conflict
- Develop a good sexual relationship
- Discover your shared goals, values and dreams
We ask you to complete an online questionnaire called the Couple Survey a week or two before the start of the course (we will email you the details and a link to the website). The questionnaire will help you recognise any issues to discuss as a couple prior to marriage. Each couple is allocated a married ‘support couple’ who will be available to discuss any issues raised. While based on Christian principles, the course is relevant and helpful for any couple with or without a Christian faith or church background.
Watch Matt and Joey's story as they share their experience of the course:
WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON THE COURSE ?
On The Marriage Preparation Course, you and your partner are hosted by a married couple and seated near a few other engaged couples. Each couple’s privacy is respected as there is no group discussion and no requirement to disclose anything about your relationship to anyone else.
Each session consists of meal and refreshments, a practical talk and a time for discussion between you and your partner. Background music ensures that you can chat in complete privacy. You will never be asked to share anything about your relationship with anyone other than your partner.
Prior to the start of the course or during the first few sessions, you will be sent a Couples Survey via email. This is a survey and not a test of compatibility; it is designed to help you and your partner highlight issues that are important to discuss before getting married. It also affirms areas of strength in your relationship.
WHERE AND WHEN IS IT ?
The venue for the next course is at our partner Church, All Saint's, Branksome Park. The next course starts on February 2018 (dates to be confirmed) and continues, consecutive Wednesdays. Sessions commence at 7.00 p.m. and we aim to conclude each session by 9.30 p.m.
WHAT IS THE COST ?
Course costs are to be confirmed but have been around £60 per couple. This covers the cost of the meals, the on line survey, course manuals and a copy of The Marriage Book. Bursaries are available so please don't let cost deter you from joining us.
HOW DO I REGISTER ?
WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID
"Thank you so much for this life-altering course. You will never know how much you helped our relationship, and I now understand what it really means to make a marriage commitment.”
"The food was amazing, Very grateful !"
"Discussing the Couple Survey with our Support Couple really helped us address some key differences in a neutral and constructive environment."
"It's been a really valuable course for us"