The Church of Ireland Marriage Council is offering an opportunity for clergy and their spouses in Connor Diocese to attend a weekend retreat in the Hilton Templepatrick Hotel & County Club on February 10 and 11 2018.
The retreat will be facilitated by the Rev Jonny Campbell-Smyth, rector of Ballynure and Ballyeaston, and his wife Alison.
The cost of the weekend is carried by the diocese and the Marriage Council, with a contribution of £50 per couple. Clergy would arrange their own cover with the diocese covering Sunday expenses.
Jonny and Alison have been married 20 years and have two children, Josh and Nathan. Jonny has been ordained for six years, and previously worked as an IT Consultant in England. Alison is Head of Podiatry for the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.
They are both passionate about strengthening and supporting the family unit, and have been involved all of their married life with the UK Charity Care for the Family (www.careforthefamily.org.uk).
Couples who attend the retreat will have the opportunity to both relax and take time out of parish life. Jonny and Alison will lead a number of short sessions looking at enriching marriage, be it at the start of married life, or for those who have been together many years. Those that have attended previous retreats have been greatly encouraged by a weekend such as this.
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