Church offers ‘love languages’ classesWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Area couples can learn their different “love languages” at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns during March.
The church, which often hosts marriage enrichment classes, will explore marriage counselor Gary Chapman’s communication program “The 5 Languages of Love” during the course a five-week course.
“Everyone shows their love and needs to be loved in a certain way,” said Rita Hoff, St. Patrick of Heatherdowns outreach director. “This class will give couples a greater understanding on how they can relate to one another; how you receive love from them and how they receive love from you.”
Chapman identified five different love languages people primarily identify with:
- words of affirmation
- quality time
- receiving gifts
- acts of service
- physical touch
Couples will take a test at the start of the series to discover what their first and secondary love languages are, Hoff said.
Each week, couples will explore what the love language means.
Deacon Tim Etue will lead group and individual couple discussions about the different forms of communication, Hoff said.
“We all communicate in one of these five love languages. The more we know about what our partners love language is, the better we can communicate with one another,” Hoff said. “People tend to give people gifts that feel good to them rather than giving a person something they want, this will help identify what someone wants.”
Hoff noted someone might prefer his or her spouse helping out around the house to getting a gift of jewelry, as an example.
Sessions are March 3 to March 31 on every consecutive Thursday at the Holy Family Center on the church’s campus, 4201 Heatherdowns Blvd. Classes are two hours long, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The course is free, but space is limited. The deadline to register is Feb. 13. Online registration is available at www.toledostpats.org/page/outreach.
Couples do not need to be Catholic to attend.
Couples will also have the chance to meet others and participate in a beer-and-wine-tasting event Feb. 24, prior to the marriage enrichment classes.
For more information about the different love languages, visit www.5lovelangauges.com.