Getting or Staying Married Crystal Lake

Joy in married life comes when we embrace the journey. It’s full of diverse seasons and no matter which one you’re in, we want to meet you there and help you continue on your way.

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Enrich your marriage

No matter the season, grow! 

Marriage is the most intimate of human relationships, and building a thriving marital relationship takes intentionality. Whether you've been married for a week or several decades, Willow offers classes, workshops, and resources that can help you grown in your marriage, building a relationship that will be a legacy for the generations that follow. 

Couple Mentoring

All marriages need support and encouragement to be successful. Our marriage mentoring program offers couples in every season of life an opportunity to connect with experienced mentors in a safe environment. Please complete the registration questionnaire. We will contact you once both spouses complete this step.  

The Marriage Course: Just Between Us

Make an ordinary marriage strong, transformational, and thriving through this seven-week workshop that is designed to create a date night atmosphere with tables for two and hors d'oeuvres. Our current course is closed. Email Donnalynn Collings for information on our next session. 

Building a Successful Stepfamily

This informative and interactive one-day seminar taught by Ron Deal, author and speaker, will help you learn important fundamentals for building a great stepfamily home. You will discover important keys to healthy stepfamilies and gain strength and wisdom in meeting the challenges of stepfamily life.

Saturday, March 18 at Willow South Barrington. Register here

Saturday, April 29 at Willow Crystal Lake. Register here

Nagging issues that won't go away? Re|Engage

Every marriage faces difficulties and road bumps. Through Willow's Re|Engage small group mentoring experience, couples can reconnect, outsmart unhelpful relational patterns, and gain practical tools to help them gain the critical insight necessary to build a better future. Mondays, April 24 – May 15. Register here

Getting married at Willow Crystal Lake

We are excited to walk a pre-marriage journey with you! Research indicates that premarital preparation has a positive impact toward having a thriving marriage. For couples who call Willow their home church and desire to be married by a Willow officiate, our pre-marriage preparation consists of a meeting with a mentor couple for 4-weeks, a couple assessment, and culminates in a conversation with a wedding liaison and officiate who will listen to your journey.

Defining our Relationship 

This 4-week mentoring experience will help you look at your relationship and compatibility by exploring communication styles, faith, personalities and understanding the relationships from the family in which you grew up as a child. Register here. 

Couple Assessment

As you become engaged and want to begin scheduling a date to get married by a Willow officiate, you will receive a couple assessment. This assessment will prepare you to set up your conversation with your pre-marriage mentors.

Two Becoming One

This conversation will take place with your Willow Crystal Lake officiate after your mentoring is completed. Reviewing your journey will be an opportunity to share the story you desire for your future marriage.

Planning a Wedding at Willow

To plan a wedding in Willow Crystal Lake’s auditorium or to schedule an off-site wedding using a Willow officiate, contact Donnalynn Collings

Wedding fee: $300. Wedding officiate fees: $350

To plan a wedding in Willow's South Barrington Chapel, contact Nancy Wendt at 224.512.1163. Our Chapel is generally available on Friday evenings, Saturday mornings and Saturday afternoons. Chapel wedding fee: $300. Wedding officiate fees: $350.

Not an attender of Willow? 

You are welcome to attend our workshops and classes.

If you are not a part of a local church community, we invite you to explore Willow Creek by attending weekend services

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