“So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love”
– 1 Cor. 13:13.
About Marriage Education
Our marriage preparation courses are designed to help participants to learn and grow through presentations given by professional speakers, small group discussions with trained facilitators, and couple conversations.
All couples are welcome and participation is not limited by gender, age, or previous marital status. Small groups are designed so that couples with shared experience may benefit from conversations with one another. Topics such as step-parenting and blending families will be addressed in small group sessions, where appropriate.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa welcomes people of any or no denomination to participate in our marriage preparation courses; participation is not limited by gender, age, or previous marital status. Church affiliation is not a requirement to attend this course.
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 your wedding to ensure that our course meets their requirements.
Please bring a pen and notebook, as well as a travel mug for coffee (if you have one)
Refreshments are provided throughout the two day sessions; however, lunch is not provided. You will have an hour break and are invited to bring a lunch with you, or go to nearby providers.
All courses, unless otherwise noted, will run from 6:30-9:30pm on Friday night, and from 9:30am-4:30pm on Saturday. Participants must attend both days.
$190 per couple
Registration Fees include additional worksheets from More Than Friends (resource designed to be adaptable to the diverse situations of couples and communities of faith). Subscription to the accompanying videos can be purchased through Prayer Bench. (Note: we are only offering the handouts and not the full subscriptions for now.)
On site, for an additional $20, couples can purchase a copy of Money Sanity Solution, an interactive guide to support your conversations about money. This resource retails at $40, and half the cost os covered by the Stewardship Subcommittee of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa. (NOTE: Currently not in stock)
If you cancel at least two (2) full weeks prior to the start of your course, you will receive a full refund.
If you cancel less than two (2) full weeks prior to the start of your course, your registration is non-refundable except in exceptional circumstances (ex. 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 to receive a full refund.
For similar marriage preparation courses in other cities, please visit:
Toronto; HumanCare Associates offers Marriage Preparation seminars in the Anglican Diocese of Toronto
Vancouver; This workshop is endorsed by the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster
For marriage preparation courses offered by the Roman Catholic Church, please 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.
What Couples Are Saying
“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.”