Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Marriage Encounter?

Marriage Encounter is as a weekend experience aimed at deepening and enriching marriages. Simply stated, the weekend is a 44-hour structured experience designed to equip married couples with a communication technique that can help them communicate more intimately. Millions of couples around the world today are using this technique to build and strengthen their marriages, families, friendships, and work relationships.

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Who is Marriage Encounter for?

It is for married couples of any age, who are committed to each other and are willing to work toward a stronger and more meaningful future together. The Weekend is normally best suited for couples who have been married at least two years. But couples married only a few months, to couples married over 50 years, have attended and benefited from a Marriage Encounter Weekend.

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But we have a good marriage!

GREAT! But why settle for what you have if it can be better? The Weekend is not a therapy or marriage clinic. Couples are not urged to attend because they need a Weekend to solve their problems. We like to say that couples who want to grow in their love for each other deserve a Weekend. Every marriage can grow. Don't let your good marriage stand in the way of a great marriage.

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Do you have to be Presbyterian to attend?

No! The Weekend is presented by three Presbyterian lay couples and a Presbyterian clergy couple. Although the Weekend is conducted within the framework of Christianity as expressed by Presbyterian traditions and perspectives, couples of all faiths can benefit from it and are encouraged to attend.

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What happens on a Marriage Encounter Weekend?

During the Weekend, presentations are given by the four team couples, followed by individual reflection. Then in the privacy of their rooms, couples discuss their reflections to help build new patterns of listening and living in closeness. In this way, the benefits of the Weekend are experienced as husband and wife work to give the Encounter to each other.

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What can we expect?

Beginning on Friday at 8:00pm and extending through Sunday evening, an atmosphere is created which allows a husband and wife to concentrate exclusively on each other free from the tensions, pressures, and interruptions of the world. In a comfortable environment away from home, family, and responsibilities, couples are given the opportunity to look into their relationship with themselves, with each other, with God, and with the community of God's people. The Weekend helps couples discover together how these four relationships can hold the key to achieving a life better and fuller than anything they have experienced before!

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Does the Weekend respect the couple's privacy?

YES! You will be invited to concentrate on your spouse to such an extent that you will be largely unaware of the other couples on the Weekend. Though the presentations are given to the group as a whole, there is no group discussion. The Weekend offers no group counseling; it is not a sensitivity group; nor is it a group dynamics session. Personal and couple sharing takes place in the couple's own room.

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What does a Weekend cost?

The only fixed cost is a non-refundable registration fee.  The amount depends on local costs which will be answered by return email by selecting the specific community's Information link on the PME Weekends page.  On your Weekend, you will be asked to make a donation that will be used to cover the cost of room, meals, administrative expenses, and support for future weekends. Please don't stay away because you think you can't afford it.

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History and Growth

Millions of couples have experienced Marriage Encounter Weekends around the globe, making this the largest pro-marriage movement in the world. The experience began in the mid-1950s in Spain and was brought to the United States in the mid-1960s. Presbyterian Marriage Encounter began in 1976.

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You deserve a Marriage Encounter Weekend!

Too often we settle for less in our marriage relationship. We become so involved in the day-to-day concerns of our lives -- jobs, children, home, social activities -- that we often neglect each other. Although many of us are aware of this, we believe we have nowhere to turn. Sadly, we settle for things as they are and for "not rocking the boat". The Marriage Encounter Weekend exists to help us re-discover our mate and learn how to make our marriage alive again with love.

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For more information...

If either you or your spouse have any questions or would just like to hear more about the Marriage Encounter Weekend, please contact the PME Information Couple.

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