A seven-week course to help couples strengthen their marriages will be held in January and February.
The Marriage Course will begin Jan. 12 and continue to Feb. 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Drop-in Centre, 9710 Brown St.
Sue Julien, who will facilitate the course with her husband Warren, said the sessions are designed to improve relationships.
“It’s important to invest time in making your marriage relationship the best it can be,” she said.
“The greatest achievements take practise, training and dedication. It is the same with marriage. A strong, loving and lifelong relationship doesn’t happen by chance. It takes effort and dedication to keep the fun and romance alive.”
She said she and her husband went through the course earlier and thought it was important enough to offer to others in the community.
The sessions begin with coffee and dessert by candlelight and include DVD talk followed by discussion time for the couples.
She said the atmosphere is intended to be warm and inviting. Couples sit at their own table and discuss topics only with each other, not with the larger group.
“It gives you the tools to talk about the issues you may have with each other,” she said.
Topics covered include building strong foundations, communication, resolving conflict, forgiveness, dealing with inlaws, sex and love in action.
While the course is faith-based, she said it is not preachy. It is meant for people of all ages, whether they have been married for few or many years.
Those wanting to register are asked to call Sue and Warren Julien at 250-494-0705 or the Summerland Baptist Church at 250-494-3881.