Every year, since 1997, the UK has had a week of celebration for Marriage. Up until last year, it was held in February around Valentine’s day but in 2019 it was moved to the Spring – May. Marriage Week has been part of many church calendars as couples are encouraged to celebrate and invest in their relationship, often with churches holding specific events or services focussing on the theme for the year. This year, we find ourselves in uncharted waters. Churches all over the UK are in lockdown due to the Coronavirus and many are looking to live stream their regular services or find other creative ways of staying connected. For the vast majority of couples across the UK, they now find themselves more connected than ever in the physical sense of being in lockdown together, but this can have the potential to bring fresh challenges too. So how can couples navigate this time so that they grow stronger together and have a story of how this unique set of circumstances has actually been incredibly good for their marriage?
At Marriage Week, we have some specific suggestions in response to this question:
Let’s use the weeks ahead and Marriage Week itself as an opportunity to enable stronger, healthier and resilient relationships within our congregations and in our communities. Stronger couples mean stronger families which mean a stronger society. And this couldn’t be a more vital message right now.
Michaela Hyde is the coordinator of UK National Marriage Week and Executive Director of Marriage Foundation. She also presents ‘The M Word’ podcast with her husband Nick.