Setting the table, peeling the spuds, checking the DVD - it's Marriage Course time again for us here in Perth. This time, quite a small course - but will no doubt be just as useful for them as for couple who complete it amongst a larger crowd.
The course is a really practical guide - packed full of wisdom, with some very searching exercises for couples to work through, all with the aim of keeping a marriage alive and healthy for a lifetime. We start this new course on the day that the press are posting the latest sorry statistics about the breakdown in family life in this country.
Our experience, and the feedback from many of the couples who've done the course with us is that, entered into with a positive attitude, to get the very best from it - the course can play an invaluable role in making marriage work.
There's always a little nervous anticipation on the first night of a course, new people, new dynamics... I suspect that the guests feel a little nervous too. Hopefully tonight will kick the new course off to a flying start.