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Marriage Encounter is a positive weekend experience designed to give married couples the opportunity to learn and practice a technique of loving communication that they can take home and use for the rest of their lives.

...that's positive!

...that's private!

The emphasis of the Marriage Encounter weekend is on the private communication between husbands and wives.  This is accomplished by providing an environment for couples to spend time together, away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life, and by encouraging them to focus on each other and their relationship.
The Marriage Encounter weekend is a structured program that develops a technique of communication throughout the weekend.  Couples listen to presentations by a clergy couple and a lay couple.  Each presentation consists of personal sharings explaining some aspect of the communication technique.

...that shares!

...that builds!

Each presentation builds upon one another.  First, couples take a look at themselves as individuals.  Then, they look at themselves as a couple.  From there, they explore their coupleness and what God desires for their marriage.  Finally, couples explore the effects of their marriage relationship on those around them, including the effects on their church.
Following each presentation, the couples are given a question to help them reflect individually on their own relationship.  After a short personal reflection time, couples share what they have discovered together in the privacy of their own room.  This process of presentation, personal reflection, and private couple sharing is repeated throughout the weekend as the couples are given the chance to look deeply into their relationship with each other and with God.

...that's a process!

...that's for good marriages!

Marriage Encounter is  a unique approach aimed at revitalizing marriages and is recommended for good marriages.  A good marriage is not a marriage without difficulties, but it is a marriage in which the husband and wife are committed to each other in love.  The Marriage Encounter Weekend is a time for couples to share their feelings, hopes, and dreams with each other.
Marriage Encounter is NOT a married couples retreat, marriage clinic, group dynamic experience, sensitivity training, behavior modification, or a recruiting drive for any church!  It is also NOT a substitute for counseling.  If a couple is seeing a counselor for marital problems, they should complete their counseling before signing up for a Marriage Encounter weekend.

...that's nothing you've experienced before!

...that's for one another!

In summary, Marriage Encounter is a positive weekend experience providing a time to focus on one another without distractions.  It is a private weekend, not a group encounter, where each husband and wife share privately with one another.  It is a total package experience involving the husband and wife for the entire weekend.  It is conducted by dedicated volunteer clergy and lay couples.  Marriage Encounter is a time for couples to be alone together, to rediscover each other, and together focus on your relationship for an entire weekend


Every marriage deserves this kind of attention!


If either you or your spouse have any questions about the Marriage Encounter Weekend, please contact the PME Information Couple.
If you are ready to sign up for a weekend, visit the PME Weekends page.

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