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MERGE is a fun class designed to help couples lay a strong foundation in many aspects of merging two lives in marriage (traditions, expectations, gender differences, family of origin, goals for marriage, and much more!) We invite all couples who are newlywed, engaged and seriously dating to join us. This is a seven-session class led by several MRCC staff members and several mentor couples who enjoy being a resource to young couples.

MERGE 2024 will meet 6:30-7:45 on  March 6, 13, 27 and April 3, 10, 17 and 24.  (No class Mar 120 during spring break.) The cost is only $35 per couple.

MERGE helps couples meet Oklahoma’s premarital counseling requirement and has been accepted in other states as well.  Participants receive a completion certificate to present when applying for a marriage license.   Many couples also choose to hold a few optional private premarital counseling sessions in addition to MERGE.

One added value of the program is the SYMBIS (Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts) assessment each couple participates in, supporting couples in identifying their relationships’ unique areas of strength and areas in which to intentionally work to grow. Each couple will meet privately one time with one of our SYMBIS trained staff members to privately review their assessment and set goals for their next steps in the relationship.  The cost of this assessment is built into the class fee.

Topics we cover include:

  • Spiritual basis for marriage
  • Marriage as a merging of cultures
  • Communication & Conflict Resolution
  • Marriage as a Complimentary/ Balancing Relationship
  • Factors Affecting Intimacy
  • Financial Health in Marriage
  • Personal relationship assessment with SYMBIS (Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts)
  • Connections with other couples and mentors
  • And MORE!

MERGE will meet 6:30-7:45 on Wednesday evenings in March and April (except the Wednesday of spring break).

Small Cost of $35 covers the class materials, individual SYMBIS assessment, and 8 + hours of lessons that qualify for a $45 discount on your Oklahoma marriage license.

Register by March 1 to be part of MERGE 2024

Please direct any questions to Terry Fischer or Jenny Jones.