“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity. Ephesians 5:15-16
We’re excited to have you join us this weekend for the 2023 Heart of Marriage Retreat! This is the Inside Scoop with everything that you need on what to expect this weekend including the full schedule, what to wear, social activities. We hope you’re ready because we’re ready for you!
Friday, September 15, 2023
5:00pm Check-in, Registration
6:45pm Praise & Worship/Welcome
7:10pm Friday Night Roll Call
7:20pm Opening General Session
8:10pm Gender Breakout
9:10pm Wrap-up and Overview of Saturday
9:15pm Indoor Tailgate Party, Scavenger Hunt & Karaoke
Saturday, September 16, 2023
7:00am Continental Breakfast
8:00am Praise & Worship/Welcome
8:20am General Session
9:30am Panel Discussion
10:45am Breakout Session 1
1:30pm Breakout Session 2
2:55pm Breakout Session 3
4:20pm Wrap-up/Date Night Presentation
8:00pm Masquerade Ball
Sunday, September 17, 2023
9:30am Worship Service, Recommitment Ceremony
11:30am Closing Remarks
If you haven't already done so, review the list of workshops offered with your spouse and discuss your selections prior to arriving to the retreat. You may register for the workshops in advance using the link below.
View or edit your attendee information.
Below is a quick list of items to review prior to the retreat weekend.
Write down (separately or together) what you would like to accomplish during the weekend such as: "better communication in our marriage" , etc.
Pray for God’s favor on your time during the retreat.
Try not to argue with your spouse on the way to the retreat.
Start the retreat with an open, willing spirit.
Each spouse should bring a Bible.
We have the capability to check you in electronically using the QR Code or from your confirmation email. Please have the Confirmation email readily available to expedite the check-in process.
The Heart of Marriage Weekend is designed to equip couples with practical, proven principles for strengthening your marriage.
During the retreat, you will learn how to:
Clarify your role as a husband or wife
Communicate in the age of social media
Protect your family financially
Not destroy your marriage
Trust your spouse
Establish priorities and boundaries
Maintain a vital sexual connection
Increase your commitment, creating a deeper level of intimacy
Even though you will sit among many other couples the retreat is designed just for you to enjoy with your spouse.
The format of the weekend combines general sessions facilitated by Rev. Drs. Damon & Khalia Williams, a special Men Only & Women Only session that they will host, plus the Workshop Sessions that you are able to select using the link above..
To make the most of your weekend, we encourage you to:
Listen carefully during the messages to the overall purpose and plan for marriage, even if you’re not sure you agree with a particular point at first. Many of the concepts and applications become clearer as the weekend progresses.
Think about how you can apply the principles in your own life rather than what you think your spouse needs to learn.
Decide upon at least 2 or 3 action points by the end of the weekend that you and your spouse agree to apply in the next 30 days.
The retreat includes the following meals.
Friday - Tailgate party with heavy Hors d’Oeuvres
Saturday - Continental breakfast & lunch buffet
Sunday - Your choice of breakfast or lunch.
Friday - Rep your colors – (Favorite team - any sport, college, fraternity/sorority, etc.)
Saturday morning/afternoon – Comfortable casual clothes. You will be sitting for long periods of time.
PLEASE bring a sweater or jacket (air-conditioned rooms or inclement weather).
Saturday evening - Dressy attire and mask (not semi-formal or formal) for the Masquerade Ball.
Sunday - NFL Sunday represent your favorite NFL team
Bring exercise clothing and/or swimwear if you’re interested in a stimulating start to your day.
A new feature for 2023 will be a Friday night Indoor Tailgate Party following the Friday night session. This will include Food, Karaoke and a Scavenger Hunt.
A special part of the weekend is the Saturday evening Date Night. You can either plan to join other couples or plan a special dinner for two. Restaurant suggestions will be provided. Afterwards, grab your spouse & join us for the "Lover's Masquerade Ball".