There is a little known course that UBC offers, which serves as a place for growth and understanding prior to one of life’s biggest commitments—marriage.
UBC hosted its most recent Nearly Wed/Newly Wed course, which began January 31 and ran for six weeks. Twelve people (six couples) joined Pastor of Care Ministries Rick Carpenter on Sundays nights. For approximately an hour and twenty minutes per class, the course covered topics from the Fit to Be Tied curriculum:
• Our Differences
• What Love Is
• Dealing with Conflict
• Money Issues
For the past five years, the curriculum has been used at UBC and has been approved by Twogether In Texas, a state initiative that encourages premarital counseling. Not only is completion of this course a requirement for marriages at UBC, there is also an added perk for couples. A certification of completion means a $60 discount for marriage licenses issued by the State of Texas.
Nearly Wed/Newly Wed runs three times a year (winter/spring, summer and fall) and is for couples who have been married under a year to those couples who are just thinking about marriage.