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Marriage Lab

Are you newly married?  Are you interested in meeting other newly married couples? Marriage Lab is a ministry for couples in their first year of marriage which consists of a monthly gathering of newlyweds  grouped with seasoned mentor couples, led by Dr. Brent Bounds. Marriage Lab focuses on building strong marriages right from the beginning. The time together will be very practical and interactive, addressing topics such as communication, conflict resolution, finances, intimacy and more, and will provide valuable community through your first year of marriage. Redeemer Marriage Lab kicks off in September and enjoys an autumn overnight retreat at Tarrytown House in Tarrytown, NY. We then continue to meet one Wednesday per month at 7:30 p.m. from October through May.

Space is limited to 20 couples.

Preference will be given to those in their first year of marriage and to regular attenders or members of Redeemer. You must be married prior to September 27, 2019. If you are affiliated with a church other than Redeemer, please contact Ellen at [email protected] to be put on a wait list.  

Dates: Kick off September 11, 2019; Retreat September 28-29, Monthly Gatherings: October 2, November 6, December 4, January 8, February 5, March 4, April 1, May 6. Note: Because the retreat is integral to the year, we do ask every couple to attend. We also ask that you commit to most, if not all, the monthly sessions as we regularly have a wait list of interested participants. 

Cost: $500/couple.   This fee represents a fraction of the actual cost; the rest is being subsidized. We think you will feel it is well-worth the money! If this cost upfront is a barrier, please contact Ellen at [email protected] for information on payment options/partial scholarships.


Redeemer Young Couples Network

The Redeemer Young Couples Network (RYCN) is a lay-led ministry whose goal is to foster deeper connection and community among couples in the first several years of marriage. RYCN organizes events such as First Sunday, where couples meet at various places around the city for times of fellowship. For more information, please email [email protected]


MarriageWorks is a monthly series for couples married 2+ years that will help us understand, repair and strengthen our marriages. Our time together will be practical and interactive, with new approaches on how to share disappointment and fight well, grow in connection, communication and forgiveness, think about mission and hospitality as a couple, and will also help build community between Downtown couples. Married couples will be grouped with mentor couples.  

We will kick off with an all-day session on Saturday, October 12th, and then meet monthly on Thursday evenings from 7p to 9:15p at the Redeemer Church offices, 1166 Avenue of the Americas, 16th floor. 

MarriageWorks is for married members and regular attenders of the Redeemer Downtown congregation. 

Due to the participatory nature of the series, we encourage those who can commit to full participation to join us. Missing more than two sessions impacts the learning community, as each person contributes a unique and valued perspective.


  • Oct 12, 2019

  • Nov 7, 2019

  • Dec 12, 2019

  • Jan 9, 2020

  • Feb 13, 2020

  • Mar 12, 2020

  • Apr 2, 2020

  • May 14, 2020



The cost of the entire course is $95 per couple.
This program is largely underwritten by the Downtown Congregation; your marriages are important to our church.


Contact Kari Jo Cates, [email protected]

Other resources and groups

Redeemer Counseling Services has opportunities for those considering marriage or seeking to strengthen their marriage.