At Church of Christ the King we place a strong emphasis on maintaining healthy marriages. That's why we put effort into engaged couples who are planning their wedding and married couples who are eager to build strong marriages. Plan for more than the wedding!
Marriage can bring such joy, yet sometimes such pain as well, so we want to provide as much help as we can to engaged couples - in the practical aspects of planning their great celebration day, but also in the longer-term.
Our marriage preparation course helps engaged couples plan for the adventure of their new life together. You will begin to explore your strengths and differences - how you will compliment each other in the various roles within marriage.
Friendship & support
Each engaged couple is linked up with a married couple for encouragement, discussion, prayer, support and to help consider a range of important questions, in an informal setting.
The course helps each couple consider issues they will face in their marriage, such as managing the finances, conflict resolution, expectations (physical pleasure, children, where to settle, etc) and essential matters such as how to enjoy the engagement while preparing for a marriage AND planning a wedding – perhaps two of the busiest spells in anyone’s life, which naturally have to be faced at the same time.
If you haven’t already please review the Towards Marriage section (below), then to discuss getting involved in this course, contact the office.
The following papers are designed to help you plan towards your marriage, we encourage you to read them:
A Christian marriage is a total commitment of two people to God and to one another.
If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4: 10-12
If you are thinking about getting engaged - congratulations! This is an exciting stage of your lives. We want it to be a positive and rewarding experience for you. As a church we are committed to assisting you in discovering more of God's exciting plan for your lives...
Should we get married?:
Five “Pre-engagement” questions to ask yourselves.
By David Powlison and John Yenchko
Do you remember the Fram oil filter commercial on TV a few years back? The mechanic stands between two cars. One car is in for an oil change and routine maintenance; the other is a smoking wreck with a blown engine. “There is the easy way and the hard way to keep your car working,” says the mechanic. “You can pay me now…or you can pay me later.” The cost to you now is only the cost of a filter. The cost later is a whole lot more: a complete engine overhaul because of your lack of previous maintenance.
When you are thinking about getting married, you ought to approach it with the same wisdom and foresight as the man who was wise enough to filter his oil!
That doesn’t mean there is no place for romance and a special “click” between two people. But in actually choosing to get married there are a number of basic questions that you should ask first...
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word”. Ephesians 5: 25-26