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Parenting Education Program

What is it?: Since 2009, we have been supporting the Fairfax County Department of Family Services Parenting Education Program. This program offers free parenting education classes to help strengthen and promote family relationships. The program involves parents and children simultaneously. See this Fairfax County website for more information. Parent Education Classes are based on the philosophy that parenting is learned – the way parents were raised directly influences the way they raise their children.


St. Mark’s Role:  We provide the classroom space and a nourishing meal for up to 50 adults and children on Wednesday evenings. The classes take place once a year, for about 10 weeks. The families attend classes, break for supper at 6:30, have a brief social period, and then return to their classes. We serve the food family-style at round tables in our parish hall. When the families return to their classrooms, we clean up.

***Your help and support is always greatly appreciated!! We would love to have new volunteers—men, women, couples, or groups. Boy and Girl Scouts as well as teens are welcome to volunteer. Together, we can make a difference that will last for generations.***


How you can help: We need setup and cleanup volunteers each time, and are always looking for people to help with the cooking. The cooking crew starts around 2:30 p.m. preparing the meal.  At around 5 pm, we need at least 5 volunteers to help set up tables and chairs, put out place settings, and get food on the table for the 6:30 meal. All the volunteers are welcome to eat with the families. Afterward, the crew cleans up, finishing about 7:30-8:00. We leave after having had a good time and knowing we have served others. Please contact the Parish Office if you want to help!