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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.

Upcoming events related to this programme
Workshop

Laying the foundations for a strong marriage

Connect2 Marriage Preparation Workshop

  • 11, 18, 27 Jul
  • 7.00pm - 9.30pm | 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • On Zoom and at Focus Singapore office
Event

Your Best Date with Your Forever Date

Best Date Ever 2024

  • Saturday, 24 August 2024
  • 7.00pm - 9.30pm
  • TBC
Workshop

Laying the foundations for a strong marriage

Connect2 Marriage Preparation Workshop

  • 12, 19, 28 Sep
  • 7.00pm - 9.30pm | 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • On Zoom and at Focus Singapore office
Workshop

Laying the foundations for a strong marriage

Connect2 Marriage Preparation Workshop

  • 7, 14, 23 Nov
  • 7.00pm - 9.30pm | 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • On Zoom and at Focus Singapore office

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Frankie and Tina 

Workshop: April 2024


Frankie & Tina have been married since 2001 and are passionate about supporting young couples in establishing a positive and flourishing marriage. They have been mentoring young people and young couples for more than 10 years. They also believe in supporting men and women in their personal journey of identity and personhood.  

 

 

Gary & Joanna Koh
Workshop: July 2024 
 

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. 

 

 

Jason & Shelen
Workshop: September 2024 

 

Jason and Shelen have a strong passion for strengthening marriages and enriching families. They have been speaking and training in the areas of dating, marriage, and parenting, and have been interviewed on radio and TV on these subjects. Jason and Shelen are both accredited in the Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis as well as the PREPARE/ENRICH assessments, and are equipped to do marital profiling and couple assessment. Jason and Shelen spoke for Marriage Convention 2009, and as licensed solemnizers, they are committed to helping couples build a life-long marriage. They are married for 16 years and are parents to two young boys. Being effectively bilingual, they are able to deliver talks and facilitate workshops in both Mandarin and English. Coupled with their bubbly personality and outgoing nature, they are a pair of engaging and dynamic speakers from Focus on the Family.    

 

 

Namseng and Sok Mian
Workshop: November 2024 
 

Sharing the same passion in equipping couples towards their journey of Marriage, Nam Seng & Sok Mian have been conducting Connect2 workshop with Focus on the Family Singapore for more than 14 years together. 

They have been happily married for 30 years, and parents to 2 grown up daughters. They strongly believe that respect, honour and faith are the 3 values integral in developing every individual to achieve their fullest potential and pursue their dreams.