More Than Friends Studio Audience Needed!
An Invitation to congregations to consider supporting life-long marriages with this innovative and time-efficient video series.
Why support Marriage Preparation?
SUPPORTS HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS: If the church is interested in the health and peaceful well-being of couples and families, then it has an ethical obligation to contribute to the creation of a healthy marriage. Healthy marriages are good for us.
STUDIES SHOW: A number of studies indicate that couples who have taken part in marriage preparation classes divorce at a lower rate and stay married longer. There seems to be little consensus on what content is best. Some studies claim a methodology, using a combination of online and in-person classes is most effective. More Than Friends can support this methodology. Continue reading “Why Do Marriage Preparation?”
Here is a wonderful expression of what spirituality is offered by a participant who viewed the More than Friends Spirituality video.
The More Than Friends videos are based on research and practice.
Here is a bibliography and suggestions for reading.
More Than Friends is already in use. And the response is positive. “The couple felt prepared and the conversation just flowed,” said the clergyperson helping the couple prepare for their fall wedding, and the next fifty years.
Here are some questions we were asked when the Introductory Video was released. Feel free to ask your question if it isn’t covered here and we’ll add it to the list.
How much is it?
The Leader Purchase is $99 (access to videos to view and download, sample of the worksheets, audio scripts, and Leader letter. It is a one-time purchase for a congregation or Leader. The Couple purchase is $29. If you need a USB drive with the videos, it may be purchased at cost ($11 includes shipping) as an addition to either package.
More Than Friends: A Marriage Preparation and Relationship Deepening Resource
By Rev. Dr. Linda Yates, Project Team Leader
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.
For if they fall, one will lift up the other;
but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help.
Again, if two lie together, they keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone?
And though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one.
A threefold cord is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NRSV)
The good news is that Canadians are still getting married and many remain so, despite the dire predictions of sociologists in the 1990’s. According to Statistics Canada, in 2011, 46.6% of the Canadian population over the age of fifteen were in a marriage and about one in five people in their late fifties were divorced or separated (21.6% of women and 18.9% of men), the highest among the age groups.[i]
More Than Friends is an innovative, flexible, affordable, web-based marriage preparation resource designed to be adaptable to the diverse situations of couples and communities of faith.
More than Friends will be available for purchase /license by September 2016.