Mothers’ Union speaks out about the importance of marriage preparation in underpinning flourishing relationships.
Mothers’ Union was invited to speak at the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Strengthening Couple Relationships in May, by Fiona Bruce MP, chair of the APPG. The group aims to promote and develop marriage and relationship skills and support, and identify best practice within the UK and internationally, to help reduce family breakdown; and meets on a regular basis in Parliament.
Katy Kerr from Oxford Diocese, Mothers’ Union’s national trainer for Loving for Life, spoke in one of Parliament’s splendid committee rooms about the training programme, which is a collaborative ministry between Mothers’ Union members and associates and the parish priest, to assist with the development of a church’s marriage ministry.
“The focus of the Loving for Life facilitator training is not about practical arrangements for the wedding, choices for the wedding service, or the theology of marriage; but about the couple relationship”, said Katy. “Marriage preparation can provide the basis of a solid, caring and respectful relationship, and provide strategies to cope when experiencing difficulties; so that couples who have decided to marry have the best chance of having a successful marriage”.
As well as Katy, a number of other leading marriage and relationship organisations spoke at the APPG, including Harry Benson from the Marriage Foundation, Mark Molden from Marriage Care and Nicky and Sila Lee, founders of the Holy Trinity Brompton Marriage Preparation and Marriage Courses.
The work of the APPG is feeding into the Government’s Life Chances Strategy, which is due to be published this year.
For further details on the APPG, go to http://www.tavistockrelationships.ac.uk/policy-research/appg
For further details about Loving for Life, go to