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Author(s): Andrew Body
Each year 63,000 couples choose to marry in church. Growing Together: The Course is a flexible marriage preparation course for use by church leaders. The course is designed to help couples to develop a shared understanding of their future together through discussion of key issues on married life, and is suitable for those considering marriage or those already engaged and planning a wedding. It can be used alongside the popular Growing Together book which is aimed at the couples themselves. Guidance is provided on using the material with groups of couples over a number of weekly sessions or as a one-day course. Subjects covered include: Past, present and future Reasons for getting married Communication Conflict Spiritual issues Us and them The wedding day Follow-up after the wedding How have we grown - a reunion course A CD-ROM is also included with worksheets, scripts of each session, graphics, a poster and course invitations.
Andrew Body has been a Church of England clergyman for over 40 years, was a counsellor for Relate for thirty years, and was a founder trustee and later Chairman of Family Life and Marriage Education (FLAME).He regularly speaks at theological college and diocesan courses and training days about marriage. He has been married to Pippa for over 40 years, and they have four children and three grandchildren. Andrew has written four books on marriage – Growing Together, Growing Together – The Course, Making the Most of Weddings, and together with Pippa he compiled Pocket Prayers for Marriage.
Read Andrew's 10 simple steps for thinking about marriage in one session
'The course is sensible, useful, practical and readable, and the author does deal with all those awkward questions that couples may ask- children, sex, conflict, roles and so on. Highly recommended with a very good resource section at the back.'