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'Art of Marriage' event to be hosted at local church

WORTHINGTON -- A two-day, video-based event at Grace Community Church is designed to assist couples of all backgrounds in bettering their marriages.

"The Art of Marriage," billed as an event "to help you grow as a couple or individual, to prepare you for marriage, or to strengthen the foundation of your marriage," will take place from 6:45 to 9:30 p.m. March 22 and 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 23. Six video sessions during the two-day event are presented by FamilyLife, a non-profit organization based in Little Rock, Ark., and moderated by the Rev. Scott Barber, pastor at Grace Community Church. Registration fees for either a couple or a single cover all the sessions.

"This is primarily geared toward turning couples toward each other," Barber said. "It's easy to lose sight of the reality that marriage requires work. A good, healthy marriage doesn't just happen. ... This offers opportunities for couples to take what they've heard, what they've observed, and turn toward each other while turning toward God."

The video sessions will include dramatic stories, real-life testimonies, interviews and humorous anecdotes to, as the promotional literature states, "lay out God's design for marriage in a fresh, engaging way." Participants in the sessions receive a manual with projects and materials that assist them in working through each of the six sessions.

The first evening's schedule includes two video sessions, "Love Happens" and "Love Fades," while Saturday's four sessions include "Love Dances," "Love Interrupted," "Love Sizzles" and "Love Always."

"In most cases, the question that most individuals don't ask is 'how can I become the right spouse,' instead of 'did I marry the right spouse," Barber said. "We have a vision of investing in marriages in Worthington as a foundation of the health and infrastructure in our community.

"You can't have a healthy marriage without God at center of it, and He's the one that gives the ability to realize its intended design," Barber added. "We want to share the power and love of Christ."

Various members of Grace Community Church will be assisting at the event, which is open for registration through March 10. To register, visit, call 343-7920 or email

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