Marriage Retreat at HMUMC

Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12, 2022

Brought to you by Better Marriages; Registration fee is $40

We are so excited to be offering a NEW Marriage Retreat at Hamilton Mill UMC brought to you by Better Marriages.Better Marriages is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote better marriages by providing enrichment opportunities and resources to strengthen couple relationships and family wellness.

Their experts are joining us at HMUMC on Friday evening March 11 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm and Saturday, March 12 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. We encourage every married couple to participate no matter where you are in your marriage – from newly married to married for over 50 years – everyone can benefit from these sessions. Who doesn’t need a tune-up in their relationship even if you have the best relationship in the world?

Friday evening’s focus is on the tools for growth and the “3 Cs”, which are considered the most vital fibers in the fabric of a marriage – Communication, Conflict, and Commitment to Growth.

Saturday will offer focused workshops that better fit your individual needs – you can choose 2 one and a half hour workshops.  You can select your workshop when you register.
Dessert and Coffee on Friday and Lunch on Saturday will be included in your registration fee. We look forward to welcoming you and giving you the tools to enhance your marriage!

Saturday Worshops

On Saturday, March 12, you and your spouse will choose two 1.5 workshops when registering. The details of each workshop are below.

How Do I Say I Love You 

Led by Rev. Greg and Lydia Meadows
In 1992 Gary Chapman penned the book The 5 Love Languages and it created a way to crack the code of relationships.  In this workshop we will introduce thoughts from the book, take the 5 love language survey and have conversation about how we say l love you!

Conflict Management and the Power of Apology

Led by Pat and Julian Harwell
From time to time, disagreement and conflict will occur in even the most loving of relationships.  The good news is that when conflict is managed well, it can lead to greater understanding and closeness.  This workshop is designed to provide practical insights for maintaining affection and respect while navigating the twists and turns of conflict and disagreement.

Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love

Led by Rev. Jack and Lana Snellgrove
Couples will have the opportunity to engage in a conversation about their relationship today and in the future.  They will learn the helpful skill of asking each other powerful questions and sharing honestly with answers to enrich and enhance their relationship.

Putting Fun Back into Marriage

Led by Revs. Zack and Leigh Martin
Marriage is work, but it should be fun too.  During this workshop, we will explore different ways we can make time together more enjoyable.  We will discuss obstacles and map out a plan to add more moments of fun into our everyday marriage.

"Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves."

- Romans 12:10

"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace."

- Ephesians 4:2-3

"We love because he first loved us."

- 1 John 4:19

Learn More About Better Marriages

What Is Better Marriages?
Better Marriages is a group of couples who believe in marriage, know that a good marriage takes work, and understand that communication is essential to an enriched marriage. Better Marriages is not affiliated with any religious denomination.
Better Marriages sponsors meetings for States and other geographic regions where Marriage Enrichment is the topic. Also, Better Marriages sponsors retreats so that a couple can learn new skills to enrich their marriage. And finally, Better Marriages has a number of small groups, which meet regularly to facilitate marital growth.
Better Marriages is a non-profit organization. Although you do not have to belong to Better Marriages to attend the events, membership in the organization is encouraged.

Better Marriages Beliefs
  • Healthy families promote healthy communities and lead to world peace.
  • The best way to produce healthy families is to promote healthy marriages.
  • Healthy marriages foster ongoing personal growth and mutual fulfillment.
  • Relationship skills can be taught and learned.
  • People and relationships can grow, change and benefit from relationship skill training.
  • Our primary emphasis is experiential education for, and continuing development of healthy relationships.
  • We encourage therapy when appropriate.
  • Marriage enrichment is a life-long process.
  • Better Marriages provides valuable prevention-oriented services in ways that are sensitive, responsive, and flexible.
  • We want to have an impact on as many relationships as possible.
  • We encourage and will participate in research in marriage and family enrichment.