These days, taffeta, floral arrangements, and seating charts are probably just about the only things on your mind. But what about all the days and years after the big day—you know, married life? If you haven’t prepared for that, take note, Houston bride: Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church offers a four-week Married Life Prep class to help you and your soon-to-be-hubby navigate your so-called happily ever after.
And get this: the class is free. Think of it as the gift of marriage insurance: According to some statistics, taking a premarital class increases your marriage’s chances of lasting by a whopping 50 percent!
For two hours each Sunday morning, you and about 25 other couples will learn how to manage conflicts, nurture admiration for and closeness to your honey, and enjoy sex for many years to come. If you need some guidance in managing money—and who doesn’t?—you can also sign up for a three-session Married Life Money course.
Both classes are taught by Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church’s Minister of Families and Relationships, Brett Hurst, and his wife Kellie. With more than 22 years of marriage under their belt (and two teenagers to boot), the Hursts have plenty of funny anecdotes about married life to share. Throughout the class, they also show movie clips and draw on Scripture as well as leading scholars’ research on marriage. Don’t think of this as school though: You and your guy will get plenty of one-on-one time during Married Life Prep sessions; you’ll also get to know other newlyweds and soon-to-be-weds who face similar challenges.
So when should you take Married Life Prep? Some couples take the class after their wedding. “They may get more out of it because they have the stress of planning the perfect wedding behind them,” says Brett. But it’s generally a good idea to take the class before you tie the knot. You don’t even have to be engaged yet. “Once you’re married, you’re often off and running,” says Brett. “But we spend a lot of time encouraging our students to continue to be students of relationships and marriage because we don’t think couples grow closer unless they’re doing so very intentionally.”
So what are you waiting for? Grab your man and call Patty Leonard at 713.490.0931 to sign up for the next Married Life Prep class.