Every marriage is different, but all marriages experience ups and downs – there’s the romantic times when the sun seems to be always shining, and the tough times when winter seems to have set in for good.
We want to support you in your relationship whether you are newly married or have been married for years, and in the good times and the bad.
The Marriage Sessions are designed for any married couple wishing to build a strong and lasting relationship.
Each couple’s privacy is respected; there is no group discussion and no requirement to disclose anything about your relationship to anyone else.
The course, while based on Christian principles, is very helpful for any couple with or without a Christian faith or church background.
The course is set in an environment that emulates a relaxed evening for the two of you to relax and invest in your relationship.
Beginning on October 19, 2017
Married couples only
Session notes included.
Four evenings over a 5 week period
£20 per couple
A 40-minute DVD plus material for a two hour evening
Our aim at Northgate Church is to enable married couples to invest in and enrich their relationship; to discuss the purpose of marriage and its place in their lives, and to help develop/realise a vision for their own marriage with their expectations of life together.
Session 1: Cherish. This is the ‘forgotten vow’. Explore how to really value your partner.
Session 2: Connect. Learn how to understand each other and how to communicate effectively.
Session 3: Collaborate. Learn how to deal with the pressure points and how to handle conflict well.
Session 4: Commit. Love is a choice when the going gets tough. Protect your marriage, come what may.
For us, it was about the paternity leave I hadn't taken when our first child was born. I thought we’d agreed that we would store it up for later. I had a deadline at work and her parents were there. I thought she'd said it was OK. We came on the course three years later – we'd had a second child by then – but to her, the choice I'd made then signified that work was more important. She expressed what it felt like for her. I listened and got it, and said sorry. Once she knew I understood, it wasn't that hard to forgive. Now it's totally different between us. We can't imagine being separate. If we'd divorced, we'd have taken all our problems with us wherever we went next.
It was a fantastic atmosphere. Although we were amongst all these people, I felt we were on a tropical island just the two of us. It was a great feeling just to spend time together.
We nearly didn't come... this year has been extremely hard... we came to a brick wall and didn't know how to get through it. It has totally changed things around. We are going to get our marriage blessed next and have a fresh start.
In The Marriage Sessions, you will learn to say sorry and forgive; to take it in turns to talk and listen; to say five positive things for every negative comment; decide together how to save or spend your money; to see sex not as the icing on the cake, but a vital ingredient of the cake itself, and to try to plan for the future rather than argue about the past. This is our commission. We invite you to sign up today.