'Love & Marriage' Retreat is a Friday Night /Saturday seminar style couple encounter.
An overview Seminar style 2.5 hour presentation
In our time together we cover 4 Commitments of Marriage, and use lots of interactive style activities.
Over the years my wife and I have been come in understand the absolute value of marriage to God, to each other, to the church, to our kids and to our community and world. And that the foundation of our culture as we know it relies on marriage as one of the key cornerstones to family life and stability. We are passionate about marriages. We have written and facilitated marriage groups over the last 15 years and have trained hundreds of further facilitators to run our marriage groups in their churches.
But here in our short time together, we are endeavouring to revisit some of those promises you made to each other on the day of your wedding, and even though the day will have seemed like a bit of a blur, you have your photos and as well these special words will probably still resonate in your minds and your hearts as we read them again.
Traditional Wedding Vows: "In the name of God, I, ______, take you, ______, to be my wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, to love and to cherish, forsaking all others as long as we both shall live. This is my promise to you."
Now the ones you read may have been slightly different, but the intent is exactly the same. They are vows and promises we make to our mates. And there is a reason we make these promises to our partners in front of our family and friends and God..because they are meant to be held central to the way we do married life.
So in our short time together we want to make the best use of our time together. And we’d like to explore and develop four of these Commitments so that you and your partner can not only can recall them but actually live them.
· To Love and Cherish (Care- love, treasure, value, relish, respect esteem) – Emotional Needs
· To have and to hold (Protection) – Love Busters, Policy of Joint Agreement
· For better and for worse (Honesty)- Honesty and understanding dishonesty
· Forsaking all others (Time)- Undivided attention
We have assimilated and absorbed most of what we do with marriages from the great work and research by Christian psychologist Dr Willard Harley Jnr. And we use his concepts as the basis of our teaching and marriage enrichment. Why? Because they work! Over this last 15 years we have seen astonishing results from couples that had a range of marriages: from great marriages, to ‘ok’ marriages, to struggling marriages and even for couples for whom this was their last straw!
And this applies for both: from church backgrounds and from un-churched backgrounds through our local communities. And as a result we have full confidence that you, like the multitude of couples that we have had the foresight to invest in your marriage, will be really challenged and benefit greatly by a deeper understanding of these wonderful promises.
If you’d like further insight or information on these concepts, we can highly recommend many resources and books that will further enhance your marriage. Books such as: His Needs Her Needs, Love Busters, 5 Steps to Romantic Love, Fall in Love Stay in Love, Five Love Languages and many more.
And in addition we run a 6 week marriage group called ‘Fall in Love Stay in Love’. And if you’re passionate about marriage maybe you might consider training as a facilitator for your church. We’ve been praying for you and your marriage and we look forward to seeing how God uses this in your life and marriage. Blessings Greg & Robyn
PS If you'd like to book Pastors Greg & Robyn McKewin to run a Love and Marriage Seminar at your church, just send us an email with some details and we'll contact you. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org