"Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build it." Psalm 127:1
Marriage was God's idea, and he hasn't left us to our own ideas. He meant it to be a blessing, but the world has turned it into a curse, and unfortunately, his people haven't done much better. There are biblical foundations for a good marriage, and unless we build our marriages on these, our best efforts are doomed to be something less than what he intended. Joining both Christian and secular research with biblical principles that validate that research, we will learn how to place our marital relationship on the firm footing of God's way of doing marriage.
Join us for a special weekend of strengthening our marriages with time-tested biblical principles. You will enjoy some much-needed recreation, Bible teaching, fellowship with other couples, and time alone with your spouse. Sessions will focus on the importance of couples nurturing a close marital relationship and a dynamic walk with God.
If you would like a printable copy of the retreat brochure and registration information, you can pick one up at church, or click the PDF here. Couples-Retreat-2023 Brochure-Insert-2023
All registration costs are per couple*:
$162: Inn / Taggart Hall ($172 after October 8)
$182: Cottage ($192 after October 8)
$130: Off-Site Lodging ($140 after October 8)**
*Please note that the registration cost is the cost for one couple attending the retreat, NOT the price for individuals.
**The off-site lodging rate includes all meals and events for couples who choose to lodge offsite at a nearby hotel. Cost for hotel stay is separate. One close hotel option is the Best Western Inn in Matamoras, PA.
Registration closes on Sunday, October 15. For additional information and questions, contact Pastor Jim Swanson here.
Please note that couples may bring their young infants to this retreat, but no nursery or children's program will be offered.
Friday, October 20
- 4:00 p.m. Arrival
- 6:30 p.m. Dinner
- 7:30 p.m. Group Session 1
- 8:45 p.m. Prayer Groups
- 9:00 p.m. Free Time: Coffee Shop, Game Room, Fireside Room
Saturday, October 21
- 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
- 9:00 a.m. Group Games
- 9:30 a.m. Group Session 2
- 10:30 a.m. Couples' Alone Time
- 11:00 a.m. Free Time: Game Room, Fireside Room, Human Foosball
- 12:00 p.m. Lunch
- 1:00 p.m. Split Session
- 1:45 p.m. Couples' Alone Time
- 2:30 p.m. Free Time: Coffee Shop, Hayride, Game Room, Mini Golf, Frisbee Golf
- 4:30 p.m. Group Session 3
- 5:30 p.m. Dinner, Testimonies, and Giftcard Giveaway
- 6:30 p.m. Departure
Pastor Stephen Christopher and his wife, Ruth, have been happily married for just over 50 years. They came to Brooklyn in 1978 to assist in the ministry of Bay Ridge Baptist Church, and in 1989 he became the pastor of Memorial Baptist Church. After a third of a century at Memorial, he passed the baton. Now they are "retired," but Pastor continues to pulpit-fill and assist local churches as needed.