Marriage Preparation Courses

engaged couple
Comments from participants

"I was initially sceptical about this course, but I really enjoyed it."

"... I liked having a weekend with my partner that was just about 'us'."

"This would be a good course even for people who are already married. It helped us a lot."

"It was nice to know that everyone else was struggling with being a step-parent too. The stories shared and the advice given by other couples in the group was really helpful."

"Our group facilitator was warm and friendly. She really helped me to feel relaxed."

"It was a very affirming experience and I thank you for it."


  • Friday, April 7, 2017 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm
    Saturdary, April 8, 2016 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
    St. James
    225 Edmund St, Carleton Place

  • Friday May 12, 2017 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm
    Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
    St. Thomas
    2345 Alta Vista Dr, Ottawa

  • Friday, June 9, 2017 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm
    Saturdary, June 10, 2017 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
    Holy Trinity
    105 Second St W, Cornwall



Times for all courses

  Friday: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  Saturdays: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  or as announced by the Programme Coordinator on the Friday night


Course fee

 •  The fee is $160 per couple. This includes a 10 hour course, a resource book and
     light refreshments.


 •  Please bring a pen and notebook.
 •  Please bring yourselves, open minds and hearts, and travel mugs (if you have them).
 •  We are trying to be more environmentally friendly.
 •  Lunch will not be provided. You may either bring your own bag lunch or go to
    a nearby restaurant.

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About These Courses
Our marriage preparation courses are designed to help participants to learn and to grow, both individually and as a couple. Opportunities for such learning and growth are created through the talks given by professional speakers, small group work with trained facilitators, and sharing ideas as a couple.

Topics covered include: values and family of origin, attachment, bonding patterns, communication, conflict management, sexual intimacy, and a Christian understanding of marriage

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Guest Speakers and Group Facilitators
The guest speakers are drawn from a variety of professions including: ordained ministry, pastoral counselling, couple and family therapy, and conflict management. The group facilitators all hold graduate degrees in related fields and bring many years of group facilitation experience to the course.

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What to Expect
Expect to have a better time than you think you will! This course, while based on solid research, is laid-back and fun. In a survey last year, over 99% of the attendees were satisfied with the course, with the vast majority rating the course as "very good" or "excellent."

The Marriage Preparation Course and the Marriage and Step-Parenting Preparation Course are provided by the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa to assist clergy in preparing couples for marriage.

Upon completion of the course, couples are provided with a "Certificate of Participation" and a letter to give to the person officiating at your wedding.

To receive a "Certification of Participation" couples must attend all parts of the course. Under certain circumstances, arrangements can be made for couples to attend parts of two courses. Please contact the Marriage Course Registrar to make this request.

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Who Can Attend Our Courses
We welcome people of any or no denomination. If you are being married in an Anglican church outside of the Diocese of Ottawa, or in another place of worship, please check with the person who is officiating at your wedding to ensure that this course meets their requirements.

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Which Course Should We Take?

Marriage preparation courses
Marriage, step-parenting preparation courses
Who should take this course?
Who should take this course?
This course is best suited for couples who have never been married before.

It is also an appropriate course for younger couples who are re-marrying and who do not have children from a previous relationship.

In forming small groups for discussion, organizers try to bring people of similar ages and life experiences together so that participants feel comfortable and can relate to the other couples in their group.

The course is primarily intended for couples preparing for marriage, but couples who are already married are also very welcome to attend.

If either the bride or groom have children from a previous relationship, then our Marriage and Step-Parenting Preparation Course would likely be a better choice for them even if neither the bride or the groom has been married previously.
This course is best suited for couples bringing children from a previous relationship into their marriage. It is also the most appropriate for couples who are re-marrying (i.e. either party or both parties have been married to someone else previously).

A significant portion of this course deals with issues of step-parenting. Couples of all ages attend this course, usually a significant number with adult children. It is often a relief for people to hear about the common struggles and successes of step-parenting and this course provides that opportunity.

Younger couples who are re-marrying and do not have children from a previous relationship may prefer to take the regular Marriage Preparation course instead.

The course is primarily intended for couples preparing for marriage, but couples who are already married are also very welcome to attend.

In forming small groups for discussion, organizers try to bring people of similar ages and life experiences together so that participants feel comfortable and can relate to the other couples in their group.

Note:
If the bride and groom have children and they are their own (i.e. the bride and groom are the parents of these children), then the Marriage Preparation Course would be the best choice for the couple. The step-parenting issues addressed in our other course would not apply in their situation.



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Other Marriage Preparation Courses
The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa welcomes people of any or no denomination to participate in our marriage prep courses. If you are being married in an Anglican church outside of the Diocese of Ottawa, or in another place of worship, please check with the person who is officiating at your wedding to ensure that our course meets their requirements.

For similar marriage preparation courses in other cities visit:

Montreal
Courses in the Anglican Diocese of Montreal are offered through the Centre for Lay Education at Montreal Diocesan Theological College

Toronto
HumanCare Associates offers Marriage Prep seminars in the Anglican Diocese of Toronto.

Vancouver
This workshop is endorsed by the Anglican Diocese of New Westminister.

For marriage preparation courses offered by the Roman Catholic church visit:
Roman Catholic Marriage Preparation Courses
The Family Ministry Office of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ottawa provides Marriage Preparation courses and Support for Separated and Divorced Roman Catholics.

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For all other course inquiries, please contact

Leslie Giddings at (613) 232-7124 x 237
or leslie-giddings@ottawa.anglican.ca

To register download and print brochure.

Fill in the tear off registration form and
send completed form and your cheque or money order to:
Marriage Preparation Courses
Anglican Diocese of Ottawa
71 Bronson Avenue
Ottawa ON K1R 6G6


FEE MUST ACCOMPANY REGISTRATION
Your cancelled cheque is your receipt.
You are registered in the course unless you receive a phone call.

Cheques should be made payable to: THE ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF OTTAWA

Please write the course date which you have selected and the name of the bride & groom in the memo line of your cheque.

The Marriage Course Registrar receives and processes the registration forms and maintains the list of registrants for each course.

For all registration inquiries, please contact the Registrar:

Leslie Giddings
Anglican Diocese of Ottawa
613-232-7124 ext 237

leslie-giddings@ottawa.anglican.ca

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Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least two full weeks prior to the start of your course, you will receive a full refund.

If you cancel less than two full weeks prior to the start of your course, your registration fee is non refundable except in exceptional circumstances (eg. bereavement).

Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient registration. In the rare event that this occurs, you will be notified immediately and given the option of transferring your registration to a future course or receiving a full refund.

Marriage Guidelines in the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa

These guidelines are intended to assist clergy of the Diocese of Ottawa who have the responsibility for preparation and solemnization of marriages.

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