St Werburgh’s Church in Derby is launching an online course to help couples through this difficult lockdown period.
The free, seven-week course is designed to help couples strengthen their relationship.
We are all having to spend a lot more time with each other than we might normally do.
Couples are having to navigate the pressure of being with their partner day in day out, possibly home schooling, working from home or struggling financially through this season and this brings about obvious challenges.
Phil Mann, lead minister at St Werburgh’s said: “When the lockdown in Wuhan started to lift, the numbers of couples applying for divorce skyrocketed and St Werburgh’s hopes that this course will go some way to avoiding similar problems in Derby by helping couples across the city to invest in their relationships during this time.
“My wife and I have been married for 17 years and have done the marriage course twice now.
"It has really helped us; we have learnt so much and grown through it so we are offering this free of charge to anyone who feels like it might help them.”
The original Marriage Course was founded by the Revd Nicky and Sila Lee at Holy Trinity Brompton over 20 years ago and has helped more than 1 million people.
It is for anyone who is married or in a long-term relationship seeking practical support to strengthen their relationship, keep the spark alive and stay connected.
It has now been adapted for use online.
Over seven sessions, the course covers: Strengthening Connection, The Art of Communication, Resolving Conflict, The Power of Forgiveness, The Impact of Family, Good Sex and Love in Action.
A new episode is released each Monday evening.
The course is designed so that couples only have to talk to each other, so no one is going to ask them any personal questions. It is designed for everybody - it is not just for people who go to church, or for people whose relationships are in difficulties.
To sign up go to https://stwderby.org/marriagecourse