Marriage & Family Ministries


Jane P. Ives
Marriage & Family Ministries Consultant
10 Quaker Lane, Portland, ME 04103
(207) 797-8930
Families and singles alike benefit from the love and acceptance of a church family, relationship education and enrichment, and effective support during crises and transitions. For all types and sizes of families, the mission of Marriage & Family Ministries is to provide resources and support to help:
  • Nourish all persons to grow toward their God-given potential
  • Develop and maintain healthy relationships
  • Deal with whatever transitions and crises arises
Effective ministries for all kinds of families include not only marriage preparation and enrichment, but also relationship education for children, youth, and young adults; parenting training and support (for single as well as married parents); and specialized supports for step-families, those involved in elder care, and those in transition and/or crisis (such as unemployment, addiction and other illnesses, relationship breakdown, and divorce).
These needs exist in every congregation and community. Below you will find descriptions of some upcoming events and opportunities. 
Marriage & Family Ministries Resources 
CLICK HERE for resources (Updated June 2, 2018)
Marriage & Family Ministries Resources for Group Programs and Studies
CLICK HERE for resources (Updated June 1, 2018)
Counselors recommended by United Methodists in New England
CLICK HERE for resources (Updated May 18, 2018)
Upcoming Marriage & Family Ministries Events - in or near New England
CLICK HERE for the updated list (Updated Aug. 7, 2018)
Upcoming Non-Violent Communication (NVC) Events - in or near New England
CLICK HERE for the updated list (Updated July 22, 2018)