Marriage Encounter understands the importance of good marriage preparation for engaged couples. We strongly recommend Engaged Workshop, although not directly associated with our ministry, it is an experience designed to prepare you, both personally and as a couple, on your new or upcoming marriage.
Here is a chance to begin your marriage with some well-proven communication tools that will help you to handle the conflicts and difficulties that arise in all marriages. You will develop a better understanding and acceptance of one another. You will have an opportunity to see marriage as a lifetime of relationship building, creating a deepening love for one another.
The Subjects that will be Covered
COMMUNICATION: The recognition, sharing and acceptance of our feelings can be the basis of deeper and more fulfilling communication in our marriage.
LOVE: When we say vows to love one another, that love is not a feeling, but is something that we have the power to decide to give.
LISTENING: is not so easy, but it is one of the best ways we can give our love.
CONFLICT: is inevitable, but by working together we can make our conflict enhance rather than tear down our relationship.
WORKING THROUGH ISSUES: Issues arise between us. Some cause open disagreement; others we avoid. Issues can come from a number of potentially touchy areas, including money, our relationships with our families, our work, our sexuality, as well as differences in our religious backgrounds or attitudes. The keys are to be able to talk about them with love and to listen.
ACCEPTANCE: Our partner is not perfect! We are called to accept one another the way we are. Let us celebrate our differences!
FORGIVENESS: We do hurt one another, therefore a vital part of a healthy marriage is the ability of both partners to ask for and to give forgiveness.
KEEPING MARRIAGE PERMANENT AND GROWING: All marriages have difficult times. When it happens to you, what will you do? Here are some ways to keep our relationship growing. Building our marriage is a lifetime project.
What happens during The Engaged Workshop?
There will be a series of short talks on various aspects of the marriage relationship, each followed by an exercise in which you express yourselves to each other as a couple. It is a time of concentration and effort, an investment in your future together.
Who is the workshop for?
This is for any couple of any age engaged to be married, regardless of whether this be a first or subsequent marriage for either partner. It is also very helpful for newly married couples. Couples of any faith are welcome. The material will be presented from a Christian perspective, but each couple is invited to accept the experience within the context of their own faith.
Who is leading it?
The workshop is led by married couples sharing their lives with you. They are not professionals and are not paid.
How long does it last?
The workshop runs from 7:45 to 10:15 pm on Friday evening and from 8:45 am to 3:15 pm on Saturday. As this workshop is a total process, it is important to attend both parts.
How about lunch?
Lunch is a good time to get to know other couples going through a similar process. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.
What does the workshop cost?
A charge of $65.00 per couple covers the cost of refreshments, workshop expenses and helps to support the starting of workshops in new areas. An early registration discount of $10.00 can be applied. Please see registration info below for details. Advance payment is required, and indicate that cheques are payable to “The Engaged Workshop”, and payment can be sent to:
3840 Nafziger Rd.
Please fill out the form to the left and click send to register.
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Cost: $65.00 per couple
or an early-bird registration fee of
$55.00 if paid by March 31st
Advance payment is required. Please make cheques payable to “The Engaged Workshop” and send payment to:
3840 Nafziger Rd.
Please send e-Transfer payments HERE