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Together: Preparation for Marriage

Together, our premarital ministry at Shades, is an 8-week course designed to provide engaged couples an opportunity to prepare for marriage in the context of community. Together will walk you through common opportunities and challenges in marriage from a biblical perspective.

Class dynamics include…

  • large group, topic-based teaching
  • small group discussion led by a mentor couple with 1-2 other engaged couples
  • individual counseling session for each couple
  • personalized insight from the Prepare/Enrich assessment
  • weekly, topic-oriented homework
  • an arsenal of helpful resources


Our next 8-week round of classes will begin in the Fall of 2017. Dates TBD.
Classes are from 4:00-6:00pm in the Community Life Center Dining Room. The cost is $125 per couple which helps to supplement the cost of assessments, class materials, resources, and snacks. Financial assistance is available, please contact Chad Cossiboom for more information.

For those unable to attend the 8-week course, there will be a Weekend Intensive option in September 2017 (Friday night and all day Saturday) in the Community Life Center Dining Room. This fast paced weekend will cover all 8 weeks of course material in two days. The cost is $165 per couple and includes all resources and three meals.  Financial assistance is available, please contact Chad Cossiboom for more information.



Sunday School

We know it can be easy to get lost in the mix at a large church. Sunday School is where we make the big, small. Getting involved with a Sunday School class is the best way to find community at Shades.

Nearly/Newlywed Sunday School:

Offered at 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., these classes are for engaged couples or for those who are newly married. This class concentrates on building a healthy, biblical marriage and utilizes the Foundations of Marriage curriculum. The class material is worked through every 9 months, so these classes are not meant to be permanent. Once you have gone through the curriculum once or twice (9-18 months) it is best to transition into one of the Married Young Adult classes.

For more details about the 8:00 a.m. class, contact John Collier; or, for the 11:00 a.m. class, contact Paul Brown.