Best Date Ever 2024

When was the last time you and your spouse had a really great date?

One that didn’t revolve around discussing the kids, or rushed through so you could fulfil errands afterwards?

Do you reminisce when love was first sparked, enjoying long, chill dates with time for deep connection and good conversations?

The initial decade of marriage is significant in establishing a strong foundation for a lasting union. Hence, we’ve prepared Best Date Ever, a special event for couples married 10 years and under. All you need to do is dress up, turn up and enjoy yourselves together. Couples married over 10 years are also welcome!

Let us host you with a thoughtful programme, while reviving romance and relishing each other’s attention and company. Join us and create wonderful memories to strengthen your family’s foundation.

Relax, re-connect and renew the intimacy in your marriage at the Best Date Ever.

The Experience

  • Spend special, one-on-one time over a dinner meal
  • Bond over fun and meaningful couple activities
  • Express affection and appreciation for each other
  • Deepen connections over intimate conversations
  • Generate anticipation for the next date or couple time

Connect2 is an initiative by Focus on the Family Singapore to help married couples nurture and grow their relationship.

Register Your Interest

Partnership Dinner 2024

As our social fabric unravels in the midst of shifting values and waning aspirations for Family, Focus on the Family Singapore aims to ramp up our efforts to sow the seeds of healthy identity and family aspirations to strengthen young families, young adults and youths who are in the process of forming attitudes about dating, hopes for marriage, and their future families.

This year, we are particularly excited to celebrate 10 years of FamChamps® – a youth development initiative that raises young family champions who believe in, live out and champion family. As FamChamps® enters its 10th year, we remain steadfast in our commitment to inspire youths and young adults to believe in family, and to dream for their future family. We will also continue to channel our efforts to equip married couples and young parents so that more can be equipped to parent confidently.

Gracing the event as our distinguished Guest-of-Honour is Ms Indranee Rajah, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and National Development.

This annual fundraiser is an opportunity for us to host and appreciate our partners and share our vision for the next season. We welcome likeminded friends who are interested in strengthening Family with us!

For more information on table sponsorship*, please reach us at Relations@family.org.sg

*The full table sponsorship amount qualifies for 250% tax deductible benefits, and 100% of your gift will go towards helping families thrive, as the banquet cost has been kindly sponsored by OUE.

Would you consider taking up a table sponsorship?


Sponsorship Tiers:

  • An Empowering Families Gift: $20,000
  • A Strengthening Families Gift: $10,000
  • An Enriching Families Gift: $5,000
Special thanks to
Sponsor a table to support families!

Connect2 Podcast

Candid conversations about relationships and marriage

Connect2 Podcast

ABOUT

Married life can be filled with twists and turns, especially with the day-to-day priorities, and stresses in life, including the times we run into conflict with our spouse.

No matter the state of your relationship today, we want to help your marriage thrive.

Join us as we figure out life and love together, and go deep into the conversations and questions (often unspoken) about the toughest topics on connection, intimacy and lifelong love.

While there are no perfect marriages, there is always room to grow to be the best spouse we can be. With practical tips, a whole lot of vulnerability and even a dose of humour, we hope that these episodes will provide hope and encouragement for your marriage.

Thank you for listening!

If you have enjoyed listening to the Connect2 Podcast, please leave us a rating and review on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. It'll be very helpful for others to find our podcast. 

You can also support us by giving monthly. We appreciate your generous giving as every dollar helps to sustain our efforts in producing content and resources to strengthen families.

Connect2 is an initiative by Focus on the Family Singapore to help married couples nurture and grow their relationship.

State of the Family 2024

Empower Emerging Families
 

In light of recent policy changes and various national conversations on Family and its values, there is an urgent need to sow the seeds of healthy identity and family aspirations to strengthen Emerging Families.

Who makes up Emerging Families? These are young families (i.e. parents with young children), young adults and youths who are in the process of forming attitudes and aspirations about dating, marriage, and their future families.

At this upcoming State of the Family (SOTF), we seek to dive deeper into trends and national conversations that affect Emerging Families, and explore ways that we can come together to shape the relationships in the next generation. We will also be unveiling findings from a local research on the impact of fatherhood involvement and marital strength on the family aspirations of the next generation.

SOTF 2024 aims to shine the spotlight on the Emerging Family:

1. Connect the dots on how the state of current marriages and families shapes the desirability of marriage and future of families that would emerge from our children and youth.
 
2. Discuss how the child’s first relationship with their father/mother shapes their understanding of gender roles and masculinity/femininity, and how these impact identity formation, interpersonal relationships and marriage. 
 
3. Better understand the aspirations of youths for their future families, considering shifting priorities and the dwindling importance placed on having children.
 

Details

DATE: 21 February 2024, Wednesday

TIME: 7.00pm - 9.30pm

VENUE: Capitol Theatre

17 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178907

GUEST-OF-HONOUR

Mr. Masagos Zulkifli
Minister for Social and Family Development
Second Minister for Health
Minister-in-Charge of Muslim Affairs

PANEL HOST


Ms. Delia Ng
CEO
Focus on the Family Singapore

PANELLISTS


Mr. Nicholas Gabriel Lim

Head, Graduate Diploma in Youth Work and Professional Life Coaching Programmes, SUSS


Mrs. Judith Xavier

Working Mum of 
Two Teenagers


Mr. Luke Ong
Undergraduate in Social Sciences,

Youth Advocate

WHAT TO EXPECT


 Connect
 


With like-minded
Family Champions

 


Engage


 Robust discussions as we
unpack national trends and conversations


Discover


 Opportunities to collaborate
and strengthen 
family
relationships

SPONSORS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

This event is by invitation only. We welcome like-minded Family Champions to register.
The Organiser may contact you to verify your registration details, before confirming your registration. 

No event fees are required but a love gift is always appreciated to help defray the costs of the event. 

As this is a by-invitation-only event, recordings of the session will not be made available. Please mark the date in your calendar to not miss this event.

We encourage you to make all necessary arrangements to be able to attend the event after you have signed up. An event reminder will be sent to you closer to the date.

Should you be unable to attend the event after signing up, please let us know by contacting us at Chelsea.Cheng@family.org.sg.

*The Organiser reserves the rights to cancel or reschedule the event due to unforeseen circumstances. Every effort, however, will be made to inform participants as soon as possible of any changes. 

REGISTRATION FOR THE EVENT HAS ENDED

For any further enquiries, please contact us at Chelsea.Cheng@family.org.sg.

Celebrating Marriage

Keys to intimacy and happiness

Celebrating Marriage

Do you find it hard to express your innermost hopes to your spouse?  

Learn how you can overcome the hindrances and hesitation in articulating your innermost hopes for your marital relationships. And discover the secrets to a thriving marriage as we unlock the keys to greater marital satisfaction!  

Participants will be equipped with skills to:
1.
Understand the emotional and sexual needs of their spouse
2.
Gain practical tips to meeting your spouse’s needs (and work towards having your own relationship needs met!)
3.
Learn effective ways of communication and conflict resolution

Details

Duration:  1 – 1.5 hrs 

Delivery Format: Talks can be conducted either onsite or online via Zoom 

Have questions:
Reach out for more information on this programme!

Connect2 is an initiative by Focus on the Family Singapore to help married couples nurture and grow their relationship.

Intimate Marriage

Cultivating sexual intimacy and marital passion

Intimate Marriage

Do you find it hard to express your innermost thoughts to your spouse?

Learn how you can overcome the hindrances to connection and begin to express your authentic self to your spouses. You will discover the secrets to a thriving marriage as we unlock the keys to greater marital satisfaction!  

Participants will be equipped with skills to:
1.
Understand the emotional and sexual needs of their spouse
2.
Gain practical tips to meeting your spouse’s needs (and work towards having your own relationship needs met!)
3.
Learn effective ways of communication and conflict resolution

Details

Duration: 1 – 1.5 hrs 

Delivery Format: Talks can be conducted either onsite or online via Zoom 

Find out more:
Reach out to learn how you can bring this programme to your community!

Connect2 is an initiative by Focus on the Family Singapore to help married couples nurture and grow their relationship.

Best Date Ever

Re-Connect & Re-Ignite the Romance

“We’re both caught up in our work and would spend the weekends only to recharge and laze at home. I wanted to… reignite our relationship and to create new experiences.”

When was the last time you and your spouse had a really great date?

One that didn’t just revolve around discussing the kids, or rushed through so you could fulfil errands afterwards?

Do you reminisce when love was first sparked, enjoying long, chill dates with time for deep connection and good conversations?

We’ve prepared Best Date Ever, a special event for couples married 10 years and under, so all you need to do is dress up, turn up and enjoy yourselves together.

Let us host you with a thoughtful programme, while reviving romance and relishing each other’s attention and company. Come and create wonderful memories to strengthen your family’s foundation.

Relax, re-connect and renew the intimacy in your marriage at the Best Date Ever.

Unplug from the day-to-day routine and focus on each other. The special dinner experience offers an opportunity for couples to:
1.
Spend special, one-on-one time over a dinner meal
2.
Bond over fun and meaningful couple activities
3.
Express affection and appreciation for each other  
4.
Deepen connections over intimate conversations
5.
Generate anticipation for the next date or couple time

Gary & Joanna Koh

Gary and Joanna present a dynamic approach in talking about love and life. Gary’s sense of humour vs. Joanna’s straight-talking approach are so different, yet both have the same passion of helping families and relationships thrive. Gary is a family counsellor and Joanna has served as CEO of local charity, Focus on the Family Singapore, for 21 years.

Missed the event? 

Join the Interest List to be notified when registration opens in 2024!

Share your experience!

How was your Best Date Ever? Share your experience with us! 

More information can be found on our FAQs. For further enquiries, please call 6336 1444 or email Xingqi.Lu@family.org.sg.

Connect2 is an initiative by Focus on the Family Singapore to help married couples nurture and grow their relationship.

Impact Stories

Here are what some participants had to say after attending the event

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? We’re here to help.

Through the thoughtful programme, participants will be guided to revive romance and relish each other's company through:

• Couple Activities 
• Connections: Conversations
• Commitment: Letter-writing

The Best Date Ever Kit includes materials needed during the programme and for future dates.

Although our event is targeted at couples who have been married for 10 years or less, we welcome all married couples regardless of the duration of marriage to join us for this event.

We won’t be serving alcohol at the dinner. Soft drinks, coffee and tea will be available throughout the dinner.

The 4-course Western menu does not contain pork or lard. If you require a Halal-certified meal, or if you have any food allergies or special dietary needs, please let us know in the registration form.

We encourage you to make all necessary arrangements to ensure that yours and your spouse's schedules are clear for Best Date Ever. There will be no refunds* for cancellations.
 
Requests for transfer of registration will be accepted until 23 Aug. Please email us at Xingqi.Lu@family.org.sg.
 
*The Organiser reserves the rights to cancel or reschedule the event due to unforeseen circumstances. Every effort, however, will be made to inform participants as soon as possible of the change. For cancellation of event by the Organiser, fees will be refunded in full.
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Connect2 Marriage Preparation

Laying the foundations for a strong marriage

Connect2 Marriage Preparation

ABOUT

Connect2 Marriage Preparation Workshop aims to help couples address issues that they may face as newlyweds, build a solid foundation in the early years and learn how to really love each other — for life!

We used to resolve conflict by letting the matter rest, or having one party give in. After attending Connect2, we learnt a variety of communication techniques to aid us in conflict resolution and the importance of addressing issues as quickly as possible. I also appreciated the facilitators’ honest sharing of their own experiences; it gave us great insight as to what to expect in our marriage.
– Workshop Participant

Who should attend?
1.
Couples who are considering marriage
2.
Couples who are engaged
3.
Couples in their first year of marriage

Details

Session 1: Online via Zoom (7pm-9:30pm)
From This Day Forth – Laying the foundation for a strong marriage

Session 2: Online via Zoom (7pm-9:30pm)
For Better Or Worse – Working through differences to become one

Session 3: Onsite in-person at the Focus Singapore Office (9:30am-12:30pm)
Till Death Do US Part – Ensuring love for a lifetime

Format

  • Facilitated by a trained husband-wife couple
  • Insightful & practical tips
  • Group discussions (6-10 couples)
  • Activities for individual couples

Fee: $380 per couple

The fee is inclusive of:

  • $70 rebate* upon completion of the workshop
  • Marriage resources
  • Participants’ workbooks
  • Couple Checkup™ – An online relationship assessment (find out more)
  • An English-speaking licensed solemniser (if required)

Please note that the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) requires the following for the $70 rebate:

  1. Full attendance at the workshop
  2. Both parties must be above 21 years old
  3. One or both parties must be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident

*Please note that the rebate may take an estimated 2 to 3 months to be processed.

For more information on the mandatory Early Marriage Support Programme for minor couples, please refer to the MSF website.

Withdrawal Policy
There will be no refunds for cancellations or no-shows upon confirmation of registration. Request for transfer of registration to another workshop/date must be communicated via email at least 5 working days before workshop start date.

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Dates

April 2024 (FULL)
💻 11 & 18 April (Thu):
7.00pm to 9.30pm
🏢 27 April (Sat):
9.30am to 12.30pm 

July 2024 (FULL)
💻 11 & 18 July (Thu):
7.00pm to 9.30pm
🏢 27 July (Sat):
9.30am to 12.30pm 

Sep 2024
💻 12 & 19 Sep (Thu):
7.00pm to 9.30pm
🏢 28 Sep (Sat):
9.30am to 12.30pm

Nov 2024
💻 7 & 14 Nov (Thu):
7.00pm to 9.30pm
🏢 23 Nov (Sat):
9.30am to 12.30pm

💻 Virtual Session
🏢 In-Person Session

What to expect

  1. Understand what love, marriage and your vows symbolise
  2. Identify each other's differences and love languages - how to engage in effective communication
  3. Manage healthy conflict and have a good grasp on your family finances
  4. Understand sexual intimacy, the importance of romance and family planning
  5. Learn how to manage expectations from your spouse, children, in-laws while balancing work-life

Connect2 is an initiative by Focus on the Family Singapore to help married couples nurture and grow their relationship.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? We’re here to help.

Our curriculum is based on universal values that are applicable and essential to helping marriages thrive, regardless of participants’ religious background.

Our participants have shared that they particularly enjoy the interactive and experiential style of learning we offer at our sessions. They also value the practical tips shared which they feel can be readily and easily implemented. Participants also appreciate the opportunities given to them during the sessions to have deep and honest discussions about topics that are not usually raised in usual conversations that couples have prior to marriage.

The shifting of roles in marriage will be addressed in the group marriage preparation programme through activities and discussions. Each couple will be given opportunities to discuss and align expectations that they have towards each other regarding parenting responsibilities, distribution of household chores, management of the household budget and a myriad of other issues that will help them establish a firm foundation in order for their marriage and family to thrive.

To ensure positive workshop dynamics especially during the group discussions and activities, there will be a minimum of 6 couples each workshop, and a maximum of 10.

We do not advise this. The programme is effective only if a couple attends the session together.

There will be no refunds for cancellations or no-shows upon confirmation of registration. Request for transfer of registration to another workshop/date must be communicated via email at least 5 working days before workshop start date.