Marriage Course

The Marriage Course is for couples who are married or in a committed relationship and interested in investing time in their relationship. Keep the spark alive in your relationship and stay connected by gaining some practical relationship skills and techniques. You will learn how to communicate more effectively and improve how you can resolve differences as a couple. 

There will be another course in 2024. We’d love for you to join us!

This respected course was originally developed in 1996 by Nicky and Sila Lee, who have been married now for over 40 years. It was updated in 2020, featuring expert insights and drawing on the real-life experiences from couples all over the world. While based on Christian principles, the course is relevant and helpful for any couple with or without a Christian faith or church background. There is no group work, and each couple’s conversations are completely private.

The course will be facilitated by Trish Howes. Trish is a trained Social Worker and has 30 years’ experience working with couples and families. Since her retirement, she has enjoyed running several successful Marriage Courses for St Mark’s, both online and at The Sheaf Hotel at Double Bay.

Held over 7 sessions, this online course will help you to consider topics including:

  • Understanding each other’s needs
  • Communicating more effectively
  • Growing closer by learning to resolve conflict
  • Sex and expressions of love
  • and much more

Course dates

  • Face to face course: Tuesday 24 October 2023, 6:30pm – 9.15pm for seven weeks. Held at The Sheaf (Canopy Room), 429 New South Head Road, Double Bay. Arrive at 6:30pm to purchase your dinner before the course runs from 7:00pm to 9:15pm.

Standard rate:  $75 per couple (for booklets).  Register:  You can book your place in this course here Bookings close 20 October 2023.

Watch the trailer for the Marriage Course:

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