A Weekend for Your Marriage
The Clergy Marriage Retreat takes place from Friday, 17 November – 19 November 2017 at Wiston House in West Sussex which provides a beautiful, tranquil setting where guests can enjoy its comfortable surroundings, delicious food and space to relax.
First and foremost, the weekend will provide an opportunity for those attending to invest in their own marriage. There will be time to relax together alone as a couple as well as benefiting from four sessions of The Marriage Course, amended to address areas of pressure for clergy marriages. Discussions as a couple will always be private.
The final timings for the programme has not yet been confirmed but we expect it will begin by 5pm on Friday and finish by 3pm on Sunday. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer childcare at Wiston House.
The Goring family are very generously sponsoring ¾ of the normal costs for a weekend at Wiston House. The costs for accommodation and food per couple for the weekend have been offered to us for £390. Our suggestion to guests is that these costs would be covered in partnership between the Church and the couple. For Church of England clergy (if applicable) you may want to make use of your annual CMD grant and ask the local Parish for a contribution. A possible funding model would be for the Diocese, Parish and couple to each pay a third of the costs. HTB will cover additional costs including resources, beverages and team costs. Integral to the vision of these retreats is the opportunity for the wider Church and church leaders themselves to proactively invest in the marriages of leaders.