Seminar series shows that Marriage Matters

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Above is our video interview with Pastor Greg Fraser of the Father’s House.

by Stephen Dafoe

A free three-part seminar series on marriage will kick off later this month, the second in a three-part series of seminars aimed at helping provide families with the tools they need to live an enriched life. The sessions will be put on by Greg and Betty Fraser of the Father’s House Christian Fellowship. The sessions take place Jan. 28, Feb. 25 and Apr. 1. from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Morinville Community High School.

“Marriage is the most important relationship you can have in your life,” Pastor Fraser said. “The greatest gift you can give your children is having a good marriage. It’s not spending more time with your kids. It’s when your kids look at your spouse and you; they realize [their] mom and dad love one another.”

Fraser says the stability created by relationship commitments in the family has an amazing effect on children. Beyond the effect on children, Fraser says a healthy marriage has the power to set the course for the rest of the person’s life.

“You may be successful in other parts of your life, but if you have an unhealthy marriage, it sets the course for huge parts of your life in the wrong direction. Even when you have struggles in this world, a healthy marriage lets you go forward in strength rather than weakness.”

Fraser said the sessions will take a lighthearted approach to the subject matter, delving into talks on commitment, companionship and what he sees as the true the purpose of marriage — friendship.

“It’s going to be a fun time with a great amount of information that we will give people to work on in workshops to take away from the seminars,” Fraser said.

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Although biblical values and principles will be the basis of the seminars, Fraser says the seminars are not preachy and not reserved for church members alone. The sessions are open to anyone.
“We do a lot of work with families outside of our church family,” Fraser said. “It’s not necessarily that the church exists for church people; the church exists for the community. That has always been our heart — to reach into this community and serve in any way we can.”

Fraser feels couples will benefit from the sessions regardless of religious background or where their marriage is presently at. He invites those married, thinking of getting married, or even those going through a divorce.
“This is not an airy fairy seminar about here’s what a great marriage is,” he said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s going to be humourous. There’s going to be time for questions and answers. The course itself will be extremely pragmatic and practical. It will not be unattainable. It will be real.

For more information on the upcoming sessions, contact The Father’s House at 780-939-2992 or visit their website at www.tfhchurch.ca.

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