Marriage Week is a great time for investing in marriage and the central part it plays in building strong communities.
Churches have long recognised the need to invest in marriages. Both of couples in congregations and those in the wider communities that the local church exists within. Investing in marriages strengthens the individuals, the relationships and the community. It helps prevents potential heart-ache, distress and long term damage for both the adults and children involved.
Choose your level of engagement, download the resources and tell us what you’re planning and how it goes.
Pray and encourage people to join in Marriage Week
Marriage Week Prayer
We have a prayer written for us by Sandra Millar who leads the work on weddings in the Church of England including yourchurchwedding.org
You can use this in a service around Marriage Week, 13-19 May, or print it in your church news-sheets or make it available on your website.
God of love,
Thank you for our marriage;
For shared laughter and tears;
for strength in our weakness,
And enough for life each day.
Thank you for the gifts we bring each other,
And bless us as we grow together in love,
Through all that life brings through the years.
[Sandra Millar, Head of Life Events, The Church of England]
Marriage Week Resources
Encourage your congregation to join in with Marriage Week activities.
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Focus on marriage in one of your services
Talk Outline: Recipe for a healthy marriage
We’ve invited Phil Steer, author of As a Child: God’s Call to Littleness to provide a talk on the six Marriage Week ‘marriage ingredients’ that you can use during a service or as part of a small group gathering.
Phil Steer is married, with three grown-up children. He lives with his wife Ali and daughter in Romford, east London, and works with numbers in the London insurance market. He is the author of As a Child: God’s Call to Littleness – which was serialised by BRF in their prayer and spirituality journal, Quiet Spaces.
Used as part of a service, a mid-week activity, and open church or within a prayer room that lasts for as little or as much time as you wish (perhaps for the whole of Marriage Week), our prayer station resources can be used as a whole or pick and choose which stations to offer. There’s something here for all ages too!
Use Marriage Week to celebrate and invest in marriages and relationships
Setting aside a space for people to come and focus on Jesus within Marriage Week, regardless of their circumstance, relationship status or age.
An evening for couples within your community to enjoy a meal together and focus on the Marriage Week ‘ingredients’. This resource works for any couples who are married or in a relationship.
A celebratory ‘Wedding Feast’ buffet meal for everyone in the community to join together as the bride of Christ and reflect on the good of marriage for couples, families, children and society as a whole.