1. Mentoring the Marriage Journey

Mentoring the Marriage Journey

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Mentoring the Marriage Journey prepares marriage mentors to lead marriage preparation sessions or marriage enrichment sessions using the Marriage Journey book (available from Church Publishing).

Mentoring the Marriage Journey is a training program designed to help you develop a core of lay and/or ordained marriage mentors to be part of a pastoral team and work under the supervision of the rector, associate or someone responsible for preparing couples for marriage. Marriage mentors can function in a variety of ways. They can:
    • Lead groups of three or four couples in marriage preparation group discussions on a regular basis (e.g., weekly), during two Saturdays or some other time configuration 
    • Work one-on-one with a couple 
    • Lead follow-up retreats for couples a few months or a couple of years after the wedding 
    • Build ongoing relationships with couples, meeting periodically with them for the first few years after marriage
    • Lead adult education groups for couples married for many years (the book has discussion questions for both "to-be-married" and for long-time married couples)
This resources includes:
  • Leader's Guide that is a step-by-step training program
  • Participant's Book to accompany the training program
  • Weekend Retreat Guide for a Marriage Preparation Retreat or a Marriage Enrichment Retreat
  • Handouts of the questions and projects you can give to participants
  • Brochures you can adapt for use in your church
    • Selecting Scripture and Selecting Music
    • For Attendants at a Church Wedding 
    • For Parents and Close Family Members
    • The Role of the Wedding Consultant
    • Taking Photographs at Your Wedding
    • Including Children in Your Wedding
    • What is the Blessing of a Civil Marriage?
    • Celebrating the Eucharist at Your Wedding
    • Planning a Wedding in the Church
    • What is a Marriage Mentor?
  • Publicity packet with notices for your newsletter or bulletin
  • Liturgies you can adapt and customize on your computer (long, short, with communion, blessing of civil marriages, including children)

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