If you are considering marriage at Truro Anglican, or are a member of the parish planning to be married elsewhere, we encourage you to take The Marriage Preparation Course. The goal of this course is to help couples lay the foundation for a relationship that will last a lifetime. Here are some of the practical aspects of this course:
- Why commitment?
- Recognizing and appreciating your differences
- Understanding the fine art of communication
- How to resolve conflict
- Keys to nurturing your friendship
- How to make your spouse feel loved
- Developing a good sexual relationship
- Discussing your goals, values and dreams
- Communication. This session helps couples see how important effective communication is for a strong marriage and how communication is affected by personality, family background, and circumstances. Couples look at what it means to talk about their feelings and they practice listening to each other.
- Commitment. Commitment lies at the heart of the marriage covenant and is reflected in the marriage service vows. In this session couples consider the meaning of these vows and then look at how to live out this commitment through making quality time for each other on a regular basis, and separating appropriately from their parents.
- Resolving Conflict. Conflict can either destroy a marriage or strengthen it. Couples consider how to handle anger, appreciate their differences, look for solutions together and practice forgiveness. Organizing finances, a primary cause of conflict in marriage, is also addressed.
- Keeping Love Alive. This session looks at how love must be deliberately nurtured in a marriage through friendship, discovering how the other feels loved, and the development of their sexual relationship.
- Shared Goals and Values. While appreciating their differences, couples need to agree on their goals and core values. In this session couples have the opportunity to discuss their priorities for the future, the roles they expect to fulfill, and the building of spiritual togetherness.