Marriage is encouraged and blessed by our Lord. However, a happy marriage is not guaranteed just because a couple are Christians. Pre-marital mentoring helps each engaged couple better understand the challenges of marriage. It also provides scriptural teaching about marriage and some practical tools to help couples successfully live out their covenant with the Lord for a lifelong commitment to each other.
Pre-marital mentoring is required for couples married at The Falls Church Anglican. Pre-marital mentoring may also be available for active church members who are planning to be married in other churches. The pre-marital mentor couples are happily married Christian couples that meet each engaged couple to help them talk through and understand their expectations about the relationship areas a husband and wife experience in marriage. They normally meet together for 4-5 mentoring sessions before the engaged couple is married, and then follow up with the couple during the first few months of marriage. However, the relationship between the two couples may continue for a lifetime.
Pre-marital mentors are not counselors or therapists that deal with deeply conflicted couples. Nor do they mentor couples that are trying to decide if they should become engaged to be married. The mentors' role is to walk alongside engaged couples sharing the Biblical wisdom and the practical experience that comes with living through the many phases each marriage experiences over the course of time. They provide prayer support and practical advice during the mentoring sessions and for years to come.
The time the couples spend together is a holy time of confidential sharing.
The mentors are trained to interpret a confidential inventory (PREPARE) that each engaged couple fills out before they meet with their mentor couple. Their discussions are confidential and supportive.
To participate in the pre-marital mentoring program please contact Donna Wills, Pastoral Care Admin Asst, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 571-282-0207. An initial clergy meeting is required for all couples who wish to participate in our pre-marital mentoring program.