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The Marriage Course and Marriage Preparartion

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Through the Grainery Church both the Marriage and the Marriage Preparation courses are available frequently during the year. We use material produced and distributed by Alpha and all courses are delivered by experienced facilitators.

Marriage Course

The Marriage Course is a series of seven sessions, designed to help couples invest in their relationship and build a strong marriage. 

Marriage Prepartion Course

The Marriage Preparation Course is a series of five  sessions to help engaged couples or those exploring the possibility of  marriage, to build strong foundations for their future together. 

The Marriage Course

What is the Marriage Course?

The Marriage Course is a series of seven sessions, designed to help couples invest in their relationship and build a strong marriage.


Nicky and Sila Lee, authors of The Marriage Book, developed The Marriage Course for couples looking for practical support to strengthen their relationship. The course is designed to help  couples build strong foundations, learn to communicate more effectively and resolve differences well.


Who is it for?

The  Marriage Course is for couples who are seeking to strengthen their  relationship. Some couples do the course to intentionally invest in  their relationship, others are looking to address more specific challenges. Either way, the course offers essential tools and practical  ideas to help you build a relationship that lasts a lifetime. 

The Marriage Course is based on Christian principles but designed for all couples with or without a church background.


What can you expect? 

On The Marriage Course you are seated as couples. Each  course is unique, but usually every session will include: food, a practical talk and a time for private discussion between you and your partner. 

You never share anything about your relationship with  anyone other than your partner. Background music ensures that you can  chat in complete privacy.


Over seven sessions you will explore:

Session 1. Building Strong Foundations

Learn to understand each other’s needs


Session 2. The Art of Communication

How to listen and communicate effectively


Session 3. Resolving Conflict

Develop methods to resolve conflict and disagreements


Session 4. The Power of Forgiveness

Learn how to apologise and forgive as a couple


Session 5. The Impact of Family – Past and Present

Explore the impact of your family on your relationship


Session 6. Good Sex

Find ways to develop greater sexual intimacy


Session 7. Love in Action

Learn your partner’s ‘love language’ and how to love them well

Marriage Preparation Course

What is the Marraige Preparation Course? 

The Marriage Preparation Course is a series of five sessions to help engaged couples or those exploring the possibility of marriage, build  strong foundations for their future together.


Nicky and Sila Lee, authors of The Marriage Book, developed The Marriage Preparation Course to help couples invest in their relationship for a lasting marriage. Over five sessions, the course will help you to learn to communicate well, understand and appreciate your differences, and prepare for potential challenges.


Who is it for?

The Marriage Preparation Course is for couples who are exploring the idea of getting married and for those who are already engaged. It’s designed for those who want to give their marriage the best possible start, whether they’re exploring marriage for the first time or have been married before.


The course is based on Christian principles but designed for all couples with or without a church background. You do not need to be getting married in a church to come on the course.


What can I expect?

On The Marriage Preparation Course, you and your partner are hosted by a married couple and seated near a few other engaged couples. Each couple’s discussions are completely private.


Each course is unique, but usually every session includes food, a practical talk, and a time for discussion between you and your partner. Background music ensures that you can chat in complete privacy. You will never be asked to share anything about your relationship with anyone other than your partner.


Prior to the start of the course or during the first few sessions, you may be sent a Couples Survey via email. This is a questionnaire and not a test of compatibility! It is designed to help you and your partner highlight issues that are important to discuss before getting married. It also affirms areas of strength in your relationship.


Over 5 sessions you will explore:

Session 1. Communication

Learn your personality types and your communication styles


Session 2. Commitment

Explore the importance and benefits of committed relationships


Session 3. Resolving conflict

Discover potential relationship challenges and how to tackle them


Session 4. Keeping love alive

How to maintain the momentum of your relationship


Session 5. Shared goals and values

Find out what is important to you both and develop unity as a couple