This will be an opportunity for married couples from MEC to go away for a weekend and be strengthened in their marriage. It is aimed at refreshment and encouragement, not crisis counselling. On the Saturday and Sunday, there will be sessions lead by some couples from MEC who are each at different stages of marriage (including Kevin & Debbie Reid, and Josh and Taire Wilson).

The cost of the weekend is $90 which includes the cost of a confidential online assessment tool completed prior to the weekend, lunch on the Saturday, and materials. The sessions will be held at St Phillips Salamander Bay. There is a range of accommodation options in the Port Stephens area and couples are encouraged to book their own accommodation for the weekend according to their preferences.

Anchored 2019

Anchored Program


8:45 Arrive for 9:00am start

9:00-9:10 Welcome and introduction to facilitators 

9:10-10:15 The Purpose and Privilege of Marriage (Kevin & Debbie)

10:15-10:30 Couple time: Reflecting together on your marriage purpose

10:30-10:45 Morning tea

10:45-12:00 How Communication is Growing our Marriage (Josh & Taire)

12:00-12:30 Couple time: Reflecting together on communication

12:30-1:15 Lunch

1:15-2:15 SYMBIS+ conversation tool for your marriage (presenters TBC)

2:15-2:45 Couple Time: Conversations together around SYMBIS+ tool

2:45-3:00 Afternoon tea

3:00-4:30 How Conflict is Growing our Marriage (presenters TBC)

4:30-5:00 Couple time: Reflecting together on conflict

5:00pm Date night/Dinnercouples choice


8:45 Arrive for 9:00am start

9:00-10:30 How Sexual Intimacy is Growing our Marriage (Kevin & Debbie)

10:30-11:00 Couple time: reflecting together on sexual intimacy

11:00-11:30 Morning tea

11:30-12:30 Hope and Thankfulness for our marriage (Josh & Taire)

12:30pm Free time/Leave for home

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