How can we honour marriage in our church, in our wider community? Here are some ideas, that we have collected from around the nation and elsewhere to get you going:
- Role Model ~ Honouring marriages that have had an impact on the life of the community.
- Priorities Right ~ An award to recognise a couple(s) that have seen the priorities in their marriage and have made best endeavours to keep them.
- Longevity Award ~ Recognising the couple in your church and or community that have been married the longest; this could be a “Hall of Fame” recognising all marriages for, say, over 25 years in length.
- Business Couples ~ This recognises couples that have ‘used’ their marriage to create a new business/ministry that has served your community.
With all of these ideas/awards the couples will need to be selected by nomination to a committee and rules will need to be set, such as to exclude committee members or their spouses from being nominated. The nominations need to be completed prior to Marriage Week and will all be part of your promotion of Marriage Week.
Host a forum about marriage and relationships for young people in your church – get them to invite their friends from the community around you.
- FamiliyLife Australia’s a “Weekend to Remember” or their “A day to remember” conference. They also have a small group resource “Together” which runs over 9 sessions. All these and more from their web site http://familylifeaustralia.com
- Careforce Lifekeys under Allan & Helen Meyer have produced some excellent resources to build marriages and family. http://www.careforcelifekeys.org
- Focus on the Family Australia have a range of books and programs to strengthen marriage and families. http://www.families.org.au
- RelationshipCentral Australia (part of Alpha International) Many will have heard of the Alpha Course but it is not so well known that they produce some great material for building marriages and families. Find out more from their web site http://marriageandparenting.org.au
The pastor told his congregation “This society, especially the religious society, sometimes puts a shame on nakedness, on romance, on love, on kissing … They make it seems(sic) as if it should not be talked about in church, something that should not be displayed in our society,..” In addition to preparing his message from the Bible, the pastor said that he found studies that show that any society that celebrates marriage, romance, and love is a “free and wholesome society.” He continued that he wants to shatter the idea that public displays of affection are wrong. “God created a desire for every human, every man and every woman, the desire for love and romance and until you are in a relationship with the opposite sex you will never be fully satisfied because God said it is not good for man to be alone,” he said during the sermon. “God wants us to be in a marriage and experience the fire of romance.” During his message, the pastor asked four married couples to approach the pulpit area and begin kissing as members of the church’s worship band played some R&B tunes.
The passionate kissing went on for five minutes and the winning couple was chosen by the loudest applause from the congregation. The winning couple received $50 to spend on a date night.
However would you take the challenge and give such a message and competion – we’d love to hear.
A good way of getting “press”!!
Our thanks to ChristianToday & NYPost