Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Principled Commitment: An Adult Program on Building Strong Relationships

Activity 3: Couple Covenants Revisited

Activity time: 30 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Couple covenants created by participants (see Preparation)

Preparation for Activity

  • Assign the "Affection Connection" in Workshop 10, and ask participants to bring their finished covenants to this workshop. Emphasize that they will be sharing their covenants with the other participants.

Description of Activity

Invite willing couples to share the covenants they have created together. Remind the group of its ground rules and its commitment to confidentiality. Clarify that couples may choose to keep some or all of their covenant private.

Couples can take turns coming to the front of the group and reading the words that they have pledged to affirm and strive for together. After each covenant is read, affirm the thoughtfulness, care, and hard work demonstrated in it. Invite all those present to pledge their support of this couple in fulfilling their covenant together.

After all couples who wish to have shared, discuss:

  • How can we as a group support one another in upholding our covenants?
  • How can our congregation support these covenants and others made by those in our community?

Encourage participants to frame their covenants and put them in a prominent place at home, so they are reminded of what they promised to each other.