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Pre Marriage

Three times a year we run a Premarriage course for engaged couples preparing for marriage. Many different topics are covered in an interactive way (with time for couples to chat and process) and it is a great way to prepare for this important life stage.

The course is open to engaged couples in Cape Town – not only those who are part of the Common Ground community. The course runs over 2 weekends – Friday nights (7 – 9.30pm) and Saturday days (9am to 3.30pm) at our Rondebosch campus (23 Milner Road). Please note couples need to attend both weekends.

Many topics are covered in an interactive way (with time for couples to chat and process!) and it is a great way to prepare for this important life stage. Here are the topics we cover over the two weekends:

– Communication
– God’s design for marriage
– Myths, desires and expectations
– New families
– Sex and Intimacy
– Dealing with Conflict
– Romance & Love Languages
– Finance
– Dealing with the past
– Creating a vision for your Marriage
– Guest discussion – a panel discussion with some couples who’ve been married for a short while and for many years.

There is a cost involved to cover meals, refreshments and course material. This is currently about R 750 per couple for the whole course.

Online registration for each course usually opens a month before each course.

If you are interested in attending, please click here to signup and to make payment.

Contact for further questions or queries.

If you are not yet engaged but are a seriously dating couple, then click here to download a document we created. This helpful tool is to assist you in establishing where you really are in your relationship and to help you decide whether you are ready for marriage.

2019 Course Dates

We are running our premarriage course on the following dates in 2019:

22 – 23 February & 1 – 2 March 2019
12-13 July & 19 – 20 July 2019
08-09 November & 15-16 November 2019

If you would like to be added to a mailing list for one of these dates, please click here.


“Absolutely fantastic! We loved it! Thank you for being so honest about your true life situations! The examples from your respective marriages were great and made us feel so relieved to realise that we are not the only couple that experience all these different relational positives and negatives.”

“We really enjoyed the past two weekends, and felt we learnt more than what we thought we would. The sessions were great and the interaction comfortable. We have a lot to still talk about and decide on going forward and are happy to have had these sessions as a starting point and laying of sturdy foundations in various areas that will make up our lives together.”

“Thanks for such an excellent course which really covered so many valuable topics. I enjoyed it all so much and appreciate the time and effort you all put into it. It’s really well run from the content to the logistics and the attention to detail is appreciated. I also liked having the panel discussion which gave us great insights into how others have handled challenges in their marriages.”

“I really enjoyed the course and I feel even though I’m not far into my spiritual journey it truly gave me the tools to deal with the day to day problems we might have. Thank you!!!”