Grace Marriage is an exciting ministry designed to enrich, protect, and grow your marriage. Using Biblical, grace-based materials you will have time to talk with your spouse and explore ways to enrich your relationship. Grace Marriage is an intentional commitment to grow in your relationship with each other and the Lord.
Four times a year husbands and wives meet with other couples in various stages of life to explore different aspects of marriage. The sessions are called marriage coaching. Marriage coaching is an intentional and proactive approach to re-focus on positives in your relationship. Marriage coaching is not a lecture. It is not marriage counseling or group therapy. It is not a seminar or conference. It is not a place where you will be forced to share your deepest secrets. Quite simply, it is a Biblically-based marriage maintenance model that can revolutionize your relationship. Couples in their 20s to couples in their 80s are involved in Grace Marriage and have been greatly blessed by participating!
Who can attend?
Any married male and female couple may attend. A couple does not have to be a member of our church to participate.
When are the sessions held?
2018 Saturday dates are February 3, May 5, August 25, and November 3, 9:00-3:00 each day.
If we have at least 8 Couples, then we will schedule the 2018 Friday dates for February 2, May 4, August 24, and
November 2, 8:30-2:30 each day.
Sessions will be held on the 3rd Floor at First Baptist in Murray. Snacks & lunch are included. Participation requires making a commitment to attend all four sessions.
Who will we be with?
You will be in a group with your spouse as well as other couples who want their marriage to grow. Ten couples, plus a trained facilitator couple, will walk through the day’s material together. Spouses will have personal time together throughout the day to privately discuss the topics addressed. Groups will have mixed ages. Newly marrieds as well as couples who have been married for decades will be involved. Remember, Grace Marriage is about spending time with your spouse, not about being with close friends. Although you will get to know others in your group better, the purpose is to spend time with your husband/wife and focus on your marriage.
What about childcare?
The church will provide childcare at the church during Grace Marriage Coaching Days by registered volunteers who have completed a background check with our church. Cost of childcare is being absorbed by FBC Murray. Contact Melissa Collier to register your child(ren) for childcare.
What does it cost?
What does a normal date night cost if you go out to eat and see a movie, or if you go to a ballgame or concert? $75? $100? More? The cost for four days of marriage coaching, including all materials, snacks, and dinner is just $200 per couple for the year. That is less than $1 a day for a year. We encourage you to consider your participation fee as an investment in your marriage. What a great Christmas, birthday, or anniversary gift!
How do we sign up?
Go online to www.fbcmurray.org/ministries/grace-marriage and fill out the registration form on the page. You may also sign up using a registration card at the table in the Welcome Center.
How do we pay?
You may pay by check at the Grace Marriage signup table or in the church office.
A non-refundable fee of $200 is due before the first Coaching Day (February 2nd/3rd). Please see Melissa Collier if you need to spread the fee beyond more than one payment. A limited number of partial scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Before finances hinder you from participating, please let us know (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Is there a deadline?
Yes. Participants must be registered by 8:00 p.m., on Sunday, January 21st. We are expecting our first year's class to be full. Don't hesitate - go online and sign up today. The next opportunity to participate will not be for another year. Registration for this session will run from November 5th through January 21st.
Please contact Keith Inman, Boyd Smith, or Melissa Collier for more info or with any questions.