Preparing for Marriage


Date: January 21, 2018 - February 25, 2018
Time: Sundays from 1-2pm
Place: The Centre (777 Homer Street)
Room: 3
Cost: $100 per couple - pay HERE

Date: September 23, 2018 - November 4, 2018 (Oct 28 off due to men's retreat)
Time: Sundays from 1-2pm
Place: The Centre (777 Homer Street)
Room: TBA
Cost: $100 per couple - pay HERE

 *When paying, please change the "Designation Fund" drop down to "Preparing for Marriage Registration".

Register for this class by downloading the form below. You can drop of the completed form at the Connect Centre on Sundays, at the office during weekdays, or by email to

“A man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
Genesis 2:24

Westside’s Preparing for Marriage course addresses topics such as God's Purpose for Marriage, Oneness, Compassionate Communication, Roles and Responsibilities, Financial Oneness, and Sex.

There are 3 main components to the course:

1)     Class time - Classes take place from 1:00 – 2:00 PM each Sunday afternoon at the Westside Church Office for the duration of the course.

2)     Mentor Meetings – Part of the strength of this course is that each couple will be paired up with a mentor couple from within Westside church. These volunteer Mentor couples all come with a wealth of practical marriage experience, a love for Jesus and have a heart to help those that are just approaching marriage. You will set up an additional time to meet with your mentor couple either during the week or on Sunday after class.

Please Note:

  • You will be expected to make the effort to travel to meet with your mentor couple each week.
  • Due to high demand, mentor couples are generally limited to those from within Westside.
  • If you are from another church we ask that you contact your Pastor about finding a mentor couple. This is ideal since hopefully the mentoring relationship will extend beyond the course itself.
  • If you don't have a home church we will work with you to arrange a mentor or staff member to meet with you as a couple.

3)     Prepare Marriage Inventory – This is a very helpful online questionnaire that you respond to individually and then discuss together with one of the Westside Staff. It highlights areas of strength and areas that will require more attention in your relationship as you go forward.

Attendance at each of the six Sunday sessions is required, as well as the following homework assignments:

  • The joint completion of Preparing for Marriage – a workbook you will discuss in your mentor meetings.
  • PREPARE marriage inventory – The online relationship evaluation.

Additional resources will be given at the time of the course, and we also suggest listening to the following sermons on marriage together as a couple.

Sermons by Dr. John Piper found here.

To apply for Westside’s Preparing for Marriage course, download and complete this fillable form. Completed forms can be emailed to, dropped off at the Connect Centre on Sundays, or dropped off at the Westside Church Office during the week.

**This application is an interactive PDF form. If you fill it out on your computer using Adobe Reader or Acrobat, please ensure prior to emailing it to us that your form answers were saved and are visible. If you run into trouble with this, print it out and either scan and email it to us, or drop it off in person. Questions about the form? Email

Upon receipt and approval of your registration form, you will be asked to pay Westside Church a registration fee of $100 per couple, which covers the cost of the PREPARE inventory, course books, and administrative costs.

PLEASE NOTE: We will do our best to ensure all who have applied are enrolled in the session they request; however, due to the high demand for this class you may be put on a wait list or asked to enrol in the next session. The Family ministry department takes into account the date of your wedding (if one has been set), whether you are engaged or not, and whether you attend Westside when determining who will be admitted into each session. If there is other information that would be helpful for us to know please include it with your application. Please wait for confirmation on enrolment before paying your course fee.

A Couple of Common Questions:

Q. Do we have to be engaged to take the course?
A. No, but you need to be a couple that is well established and seriously contemplating engagement. Based on our desire to keep the class smaller in size, engaged couples will take priority over dating couples if necessary.

Q. Is a course on preparing for marriage really necessary?
A. In the biggest of ways. If you’re like most couples you’re going to be spending a lot of time and money on your wedding ceremony. Our advice is that you take some of that time and money and use it to invest in the rest of your lives together. It may save you a lot of time and money in marriage counselling later.

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