Monday, March 15, 2010

The Marriage Course

We have started the Marriage Course Session One on 10 Mar 2010and we have 10 couples attending this first run of the course set in a romantic environment for the evening event. (The following is a brief report).

The speakers of the evening were Nicky and Sila Lee. We watched the DVD presentation on a big screen and there was sufficient time given to the couples for comparing of notes and discussion. The purpose of the course is to help married couples to build a healthy marriage that lasts a lifetime.

Session One dealt with Building Strong Foundations. The first question was, what is marriage? It is a man and a woman joined together according to God’s plan and it is a relationship of growing interdependence. Jesus said, ‘So they are no longer two but one’ (Matt 19:6).

Every marriage will go through four seasons of marriage.

(1) Spring. This is where the couple is married without children yet. There is full of anticipation and excitement and the greatest need at this time is to accept each other’s difference.

(2) Summer. This stage is a family with children under the age of 12. The length is 12 years. It is a busy and tiring time. To keep the marriage alive, the greatest need is to give time to the marriage relationship. To neglect this is to court disaster for the marriage.

Autumn. This is a family with teenage children at home and this period lasts approximately 10-15 years. Many changes are taking place and sometimes it is a stormy period. The greatest need for couples is to support and encourage each other.

(4) Winter. This period frequently lasts more than 20 years and it is the longest season. Children are grown up and they have their own families and most probably living away. This is sometimes known as ‘empty nests’. Couples are less active but they have more time together. The greatest needs are shared interests and good communications.
Session Two of The Marriage Course will be held on Tuesday, 16 Mar 2010 at 7:30pm, Wisma Charis Activity Room.

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