Why run The Marriage Course?
The Marriage Course is an easy-to-run, practical seven-session course designed to support couples looking for practical support to strengthen their relationship. No expertise is needed to run the course. You may have experience working on your own marriage, or you are passionate to see marriages and family life strengthened in your community.
An individual can host a course using The Marriage Course DVDs, though we recommend having a married couple on hand to offer support.
Key features of The Marriage Course:
- Easy-to-use DVD
- Leader's guide with instructions for when to pause DVD for exercises and discussion times
- Effective whether held in a home or larger venue
- Practical material presented in a fun and interesting way
- Welcoming and accessible content for any couple
How to run The Marriage Course
1. LEARN HOW by watching our training videos
We have a few short videos here to help you get started.
We recommend you first watch "Our Story" and then "Learn How" which will give you top tips on the key elements of running The Marriage Course.
2. PURCHASE the course materials
You need The Marriage Course DVD with Leaders’ Guide and two guest manuals per couple.
3. PLAN your course
- Find a venue
- Ask people to help you run the course
- Decide what/if to charge guests attending your course
- Budget for food and/or drinks and promotion
4. REGISTER your course
- Add your course details to our website here.
- Promote your course so guests can find it here.
- Access leader information including talk scripts and promotional material.
- Use The Marriage Course leaders’ Resources for support to run your course.
- Think of ways to make your course feel like a fun 'date night' for your couples
6. FIND SUPPORT in advance
Do a little information gathering ahead of time to find a counsellor in your area to whom you will you feel comfortable referring couples to if they need more specific professional help.
Who should I invite?
The Marriage Course is for any couple wanting to strengthen their relationship. It doesn’t matter if they have a strong relationship or are struggling or if they are married or cohabiting.
Think about inviting:
- Friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues
- Current and previous wedding and baptism candidates
- Community groups such as gym classes or mother & toddler groups
- Mother & toddler groups
- If your church is running Alpha and/or The Parenting Courses, consider inviting current and past guests.
How do I Invite Guests?
The most effective way to encourage guests to come on your course is to personally invite them.
Promotional materials such as postcard invitations and banners can help and are easy to use - they can help generate interest and spread the word about your course to those outside your personal network.
Customisable promotional materials including posters and postcard invites are available on the Alpha Print Shop.
How to reach couples in your community:
- Promote your course from the front of church with a fun video or by sharing feedback from previous guests
- Give out invites and encourage everyone to invite one couple
- Place posters and postcards in strategic locations such as coffee shops, gyms, crèches and libraries, etc
- Advertise the event on your church website and social media.
- Make sure the date, time, venue and contact information are clear on your communication.
- Give the course a final push the week before it starts, as many couples decide to book on at the last minute.
‘Long-term initiatives like The Marriage Course, devised by HTB Church, are a much better use of the church’s time, money and effort...
It’s an eight-week course that covers everything from ‘The Art of Communication’ to ‘Good Sex’ delivered in a non-preachy way, which can be accessed equally by people of faith and none.’
'I have seen how The Marriage Course is a beautiful ecumenical resource that helps couples invest afresh in their marriage in a real and practical way for the challenges of modern life.'
Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia
- President of the Pontifical Council for the Family