Marriage retreat planned
A group of pastors in Latta have planned a marriage retreat for couples.
“A Weekend of Encouragement” will feature a weekend getaway at Myrtle Beach on Feb. 3-5. It will take place at DoubleTree by Hilton, formerly known as SpringMaid Beach.
Dr. Charles Lowery who wrote a marriage retreat study, called “Balanced and Blessed” will be the guest speaker. A Christian psychologist, he is also considered a comedian due to his frequent use of comedy.
The cost is $99 per couple, plus lodging and meals. Participants may book their own room on Hilton.com if they choose, but staying at the hotel is not necessary to attend the conference.
The conference will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3 and will continue on Saturday morning. An afternoon and date night will be encouraged on Saturday afternoon and evening, and the retreat will conclude with a session on Sunday morning.
“Just like we have to take care of our automobiles with oil changes and tire rotations, folks are encouraged to take care of their marriages with a little preventive maintenance,” commented the Rev. Rob Pierce, pastor at Latta Baptist Church, who is one of the retreat organizers. “This conference is for any married couple, not just couples experiencing issues in their marriage,” he added.
The Rev. Pierce said the idea for the marriage retreat grew out of discussions with fellow pastors about the number of struggling couples in their community. They began to brainstorm ways to give married couples some “preventative medicine” and came up with the idea of a weekend getaway marriage retreat that would be affordable. Having seen ads for marriage retreats in Hilton Head for $350 per couple that did not include lodging or meals, they set out to do something better, Pierce noted.
This retreat could be an early Valentine gift for your loved one.