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Monday, December 07, 2009

The Marriage Course at Grace Covenant Church

Grace Covenant Church continues its offering of the Marriage Course. The Marriage Course is for good marriages and those who are struggling. Though it is faith based, you really don't have to have a church background to participate. It's for anybody who wants a good marriage.

Alyx and I took the course in the fall and really enjoyed it. They asked me what I thought and I said, "I like that it is guy friendly, meaning it's not too touchy feely, you don't have to "share" with people you don't know, they feed you good food and especially because it encourages sex."

The good people at Grace Covenant Church, located at Rt. 31 and Stearns Rd. in Clay, NY have been running the course repeatedly and literally hundreds of people have benefited from it.

Each evening starts with dinner, followed by a video message and then discussion about the video. There isn't any counseling and no one is expected to talk about their personal marital issues; however, there are couples there available to talk and encourage you. There is no arm twisting to attend the church, so it doesn't matter if you go to church elsewhere or not at all. It's like a community ed class. (But if you are looking for a church home Grace would be an excellent choice especially if you have teens or younger children!)

The course is free but you'll pay something for the workbook. There is no childcare provided, but if you want to attend and childcare is an issue call the church and ask for help: Grace Covenant Church, (315) 699-1551, ask for Pastor Bruce Baehr.

See the information below about the "Come and See Evening".  This is an opportunity to it check out with no obligation to attend the whole course.   Just come this one night. If you like it, come back for more, if you don't ... well, ... do something else good for your marriage.

The Marriage Course
How to build a healthy marriage that lasts a lifetime

Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 5:00PM @ Grace Covenant Church
Are you interested in hearing more about The Marriage Course?  Plan on attending this dinner and hear from several couples that have been through the course.  A video will be shown giving insight into the course.

Sunday, February 21, 2010: 5:00-8:00 PM
7 sessions (February 21st-April 11th)

What is the Marriage Course?  The Marriage Course is a series of seven sessions designed to help any married couple strengthen their relationship.  It’s a great opportunity to spend time together as a couple looking at the important issues in your marriage.  The Marriage Course is practical and will help equip you with the tools needed to build a healthy marriage that lasts a lifetime.  Each week you are given the opportunity to enjoy a special meal together and listen to a talk. Then there is plenty of time to discuss the topic as a couple. There is no group work involved at any stage of the course.

Who is it for?  It is for any married couple that wants to work together at and invest in their marriage.  If you have a strong marriage this course will help you make it even stronger and will reinforce your good habits.  If on the other hand your marriage is in difficulty, the course will help provide you with practical tools to help you work through the issues. Some couples that are separated have used the course as a way of trying to get back together.  While the course is based on Christian principles couples are welcome with or without a church background. Many couples that are not churchgoers have enjoyed and benefited from the marriage course.

What’s Involved?
  • Dinner – The evening starts with a meal together.
  • Talk – Each evening a DVD is watched. 
  • Coffee, dessert and discussion time – Exercises for you to do together as a couple.
  • Homework – At the end of each session you will be given some homework to do together before the next session. It isn’t looked at by anyone else and is just for your own benefit to help you continue your discussion at home.
When is it offered?  The following Sunday evenings:
  • Jan 31 -- Come and See Dinner
  • Feb 21 -- Session 1
  • Feb 28 -- Session 2
  • Mar 7 -- Session 3
  • Mar 14 -- Session 4
  • Mar 21 -- Session 5
  • Mar 28 -- Session 6
  • Easter Break -- No class on April 4
  • Apr 11 -- Session 7
    Contact Bruce or Barbara Baehr if you have questions!
    Bruce: email
    Barbara: email
    Telephone: (315) 457-6157
    Grace Covenant Church: (315) 699-1551

    Look in the left hand side bar of this blog for MARITAL AIDS.  You'll be surprised at what you find.

    Comments on "The Marriage Course at Grace Covenant Church"


    Blogger Vincent said ... (8:20 AM, December 08, 2009) : 

    I'm just putting this in curious that I don't see (m)any comments on your most interesting blog.


    Blogger theultrarev said ... (1:38 PM, December 09, 2009) : 

    Thank you for your comment Vincent and I hope that you indeed find this blog useful and interesting. Not sure why there aren't more comments.

    I see you are from England. I've been enamored of England lately as I have been doing genealogy and find many of my ancestors came to North America from England in the 1600's. Hope to visit there some day.

    God's peace be with you.


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