Methodist dating

As many couples have discovered, a church potluck or Christmas pageant can make for a great date night.

The United Methodist Church teaches that God's blessing rests upon marriages that are "expressed in love, mutual support, personal commitment, and shared fidelity between a man and a woman." An early church connection can help ease a couple's transition into married life, said the Rev.

"And I think for us, in the early days, it gave us a way to get to know each other even faster." Oates added that during their courtship and even now, the church has given the couple plenty of opportunities for shared activities and a shared ministry.

It was "a no-brainer," he said, that the couple would volunteer to help at the church's vacation Bible school or serve as lay readers at worship.

Emily Walter met her future husband, Jeremy, 14 years ago on the front steps of First United Methodist Church in Conway, Ark.