From fairy tale romance to reality

  • Feb. 27, 2011 2:00 p.m.

A couple’s wedding day is often the stuff of fairy tales. But day-to-day life has a way of intruding on the romance.

That’s why Emmanuel Baptist Church and Alexis Park Church, Vernon, are excited to announce an upcoming marriage conference for all married couples (or those contemplating marriage in the near future) in the Vernon and surrounding area. This event will be co-hosted by both churches, but run by FamilyLife Canada, a not-for-profit organization which holds marriage enrichment conferences throughout Canada all year round.

“Your marriage may have started off as a fairytale romance, but chances are, somewhere along the road, you ran into the brick wall of reality,” said Aaron Wilson, administrator at Emmanuel Baptist. “In the real world, it takes more than being struck by Cupid’s arrow to make a marriage thrive. It takes commitment, communication, patience, understanding, sensitivity, listening and selflessness — skills that don’t come naturally to many of us.”

A Day Together will give couples the tools to take their marriage to the next level. Presented with live speaker couples in a fast-paced, fun-filled, media-driven fashion, couples will laugh and cry their way to better understand each other‚ resulting in a fabulous marriage. 

“Full of practical tips, they’ll learn to plan how their marriage can be even better — you will gain a deeper understanding of what marriage can and should be through this cutting-edge, interactive event. Marriage in the real world may not be a Cinderella story‚ but it can still be better than you ever dreamed.”

The conference takes place March 5 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 3412-15th Ave., Vernon. However, you can register for the conference by contacting either Alexis Park Church at 250-542-4135 or Emmanuel Church office at 250-545-5941.

Registration will be from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and the event will finish around 4:15 p.m. To make this conference available to as many couples as possible, costs are being kept to a minimum. There will be a $30 charge for the conference manuals, payable in advance, which couples will be able to take home with them at the end of the day.

For more information, check out the FamilyLife website at