Become involved

Firstly, it may sound obvious, but the basic fabric of any church or community is people – singles, couples, and families – and the more you can do to enrich the relationships, marriages, and families in your church & community, the stronger they will become.

Despite this, one of the most overlooked areas in many churches and organizations is marriage enrichment/education – a marriage culture. Both churches and individuals have a responsibility to take radical measures to restore meaning to the covenant of marriage. Let us all work together to reclaim the ‘sanctity of marriage’.

If you are not the church leader then it is recommended that you speak to them early on. Having them involved, at some level, adds credibility and communicates the priority and approval from leadership.

Have a look at how marriages are ministered to within the church at the moment.

  • If you run marriage educational/enrichment programs or weekends critically review the feedback received from participants, maybe talk with one or two to hear more of what they have to say.
  • Do you honour birthdays , if yes, do you honour wedding anniversaries?
  • Do you have a program in place to teach the youth about marriage and sexual purity?
Encourage regular prayer for marriage and marriages in the church, the community and Australia.

Crying out in unity to God for our nation’s marriages and for sexual purity.
Set aside 15 mins a day (or more) during the month of September to pray for the nation’s marriages. Download the short “Daily Focus’ guide for use within your group – download the zipped pdf here 

Many couples across Australia and also a few from other nations have joined in this fun way to invest in their marriage during Marriage Week and beyond.

There are no fees involved and high returns can be expected. Why not invite those in your area of influence to join. For your printed newsletter  the URL to include is: “https://marriageweek.org.au/marriage-investment-bank/“. If you are married why don’t you join now by clicking on the logo.

These are just a few of the books, that we like, that cover some of the many aspects of marriage ~ from love to communication skills, resolving conflict, foregiveness, what is marriage and much more. Make copies available to church members etc by putting a copy in your bulletin or newsletter. Download the zipped pdf here 

Celebrate and honour marriage and marriages during marriage week – through sermons, renewal of vows…. through to the ‘Great Aussie Date Night’. Check out the Marriage Week ideas page.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
I Corinthians 13: 4-8
In this crazy world, spending quality time at the dinner table as a family has become a forgotten pastime. The secret to making dinner time quality time is the conversation and paying attention. Put a ban all things digital. Turn off the TV. Eat together and watch your family grow closer.
Dr Gary Chapman