Marriage Rocks! Date Night
At A Glance
What is Marriage Rocks! Date Night?
It’s really pretty simple. Marriage Rocks! Date Night is a time when you and your spouse focus on your relationship with each other. We recommend you plan ahead to spend a couple of hours together to pray and talk about your marriage. Normally, Marriage Rocks! meets at our Blankenbaker Campus, but this time it’s a true date night. So call your babysitter, download the questions, and plan for a great time of reconnecting with your spouse.
Do we have to go out?
While an evening out without the kids is probably the best, you can choose to do date night any way that works for you. For couples who have young children at home and time is short, you may want to choose the At Home option. Put the kids to bed and spend an hour sitting on the couch talking. Dinner Out is a great opportunity to head to your favorite restaurant and have a two-hour conversation. For some, you may have the time and resources to go out of town, so the Overnighter option will work for you. For others, none of these options will work. You just don’t have enough time or money for these. You will want to choose the Can’t Wait option. Just use the simple on-demand questions anytime you can get ten minutes together.
When is Marriage Rocks! Date Night?
Any time is great! Just put in the effort and make it happen.
How can I share what we’ve done?
While you are on your date night, take a picture on your phone and post it on your Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #MarriageRocks. We want to see all of the creative, fun ways and places you are investing in your marriage.
So Marriage Rocks! will not be at church?
It’s a date night, so get out there and enjoy a date with your spouse. Our regular Marriage Rocks! will return in September.
A letter from our Family Pastor
My wife Jill and I have been married for almost 26 years. Our first official date together was playing mini golf. Early on in our marriage, when we were together on our dates, we would talk for hours. We’d talk about what was going on in our daily lives, our hopes and dreams. We shared our fears and failures. We talked about having kids, issues with our kids, and even our kids leaving for college.
What is a date night?
Date Night is a time when you and your spouse spend time together away from the normal daily distractions of life. There is not one right way to do Date Night.
Date Night Choices:
- At Home: For couples who have young children and for whom money may be tight, don’t worry. For you it might mean putting the kids to bed, turning the TV off, and sitting on the couch for an uninterrupted conversation.
- Dinner Out: For others Date Night might mean going out to your favorite restaurant, sitting in a booth—facing each other, not a TV—and having a two-hour dinner conversation.
- Overnighter: Still some may have the time and resources to go out of town and have an overnight date.
- Can’t Wait: For a few couples, none of the above options will work because there just isn’t enough time. But don’t worry! You can still download the Date Night Questions and discuss one or two questions at a time whenever you can get ten minutes together.
Wherever you find yourself, just remember the type of date you go on is not important. What is important is that you spend quality, focused time talking with your spouse.
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Date Night Topics:
Because everyone is at a different place in their relationship and has different needs, we have four different topics for you to choose from. Talk with your spouse and choose the one that best fits where you are and what you need the most.
- Looking Back: Too often we get so caught up in the hectic pace of day-to-day life that we don’t take time to think back to where our relationship first started. The questions in this section will help you look back to where it all began.
- Looking Ahead: Do you ever find yourself falling into bed at the end of the day, exhausted and frustrated that you spent the entire day just getting your family through everything that had to be done? The questions in the Looking Ahead section will help you and your spouse think about your future together.
- Looking Within: As adults, much of our day is focused on others—so much so that we forget to stop and think about how we are doing. This section of questions will help you to focus on those things you rarely think about and almost never talk about—our inmost thoughts and fears.
- Looking to God: We fill life with so many things, that many times we neglect the most important relationship of all—our relationship with God. As you go through these questions, share with your spouse about where you’ve been, where you are, and where you hope to grow in your relationship with God.
Sermons on Marriage
The importance of sharing faith within a marriage is vital and cannot be overvalued.
Lasting commitment can carry a couple through bad decisions, difficult family issues, and hard times.
For a marriage to thrive, romance needs to continually be fostered, rekindled and tended to.
Conflict in marriage is inevitable but disagreements can be constructive rather than destructive.
Intimacy goes beyond the physical to encompass the emotional and spiritualfinding true unity only under God.