Upcoming events

    • 01 Jul 2016
    • 6:00 PM
    • 30 Jun 2017
    • 8:00 PM
    • BBM workshops run year round at ALL locations (Jackson, Hillsdale and Lenawee counties).


    Building Better Marriages is an ongoing, drop-in workshop now offered at TWO Jackson County locations, one Lenawee County location, and one Hillsdale County location. An MMJ facilitator explores a new topic each week in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.



     Hillsdale County
     Monday evenings, 6-8 p.m.
     The HUB Activity Center
     1300 S. Hillsdale Rd., Hillsdale

      Just (0.2 mi.) south of the hospital.
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      Venue sponsor:

      Lenawee County - Adrian

      Tuesday evenings, 6-8 p.m.
      The Centre - Meeting Room B
      1800 W. US Highway 223, Adrian

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    Click here to listen to the WLEN Radio interview about BBM

      Venue sponsor:

     Jackson - North

      Jackson County - Downtown

      Monday evenings, 6-8 p.m.
      United Way Center
      536 N. Jackson St., Jackson
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      Venue sponsor:

      Jackson County - North

      Tuesday evenings, 6-8 p.m.
      Northwest Community Schools
      Administration Office
      6900 Rives Junction Rd. Jackson

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      Venue sponsor:

    Suggested donation: $5 per person, per week*

    Spring/Summer 2016 Schedule:


    September 5 & 6 - NO WORKSHOP/LABOR DAY

    September 12 & 13 - Personality Differences
    September 19 & 20 - Childhood Issues & Emotional Baggage
    September 26 & 27 - Handling Anger Constructively

    October 3 & 4 - Speaking the Truth in Love

    October 10 & 11 - How to Fight Fair; Conflict Resolution
    October 17 &18 - Money Matters

    October 24 & 25 - Forgiveness & Repair
    October 31 & November 1 - Rebuilding Trust
    November 7 & 8 - Building a Climate of Respect
    November 14 & 15 - Responsibility and the Blame Game

    November 21 & 22 - Understanding Expectations

    November 28 & 29 - Redefining the Power Struggle

    December 5 & 6 - Control Issues 

    December 12 & 13 - Listening Beyond the Words

    December 19 & 20 - Personality Differences
    December 26 & 27 – NO WORKSHOP/CHRISTMAS

    January 2 & 3 - Childhood Issues & Emotional Baggage

    January 9 & 10 - Handling Anger Constructively

    Note: Topics continue in the above cycle throughout the year, so if you miss one, no worries. It will come up at a later date!

    * Cost underwritten in part by Marriage Matters Jackson, the Jackson Community Foundation, the Merillat Foundation, and donors like you!


    • 29 Sep 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Spring Arbor University/Ralph Carey Forum

    Whether you're single, you’ve just started dating, or you’re considering marriage sometime soon,

    Adventures in Dating

    is an ideal night out for you. Each relationship is different, but there are common issues most couples face. And there are proven ways to make relationships get even better and stronger with time. 


    You'll enjoy delicious pizza and get some great dating advice in a fun evening led by Shelby Raines.  Don’t worry-- you don’t have to “share,” you just have to relax and enjoy the laughter-filled learning. Oh and save some room for s’mores at the close of the night!This event is packed with fun and helpful information about building a healthy relationship and MMJ plans all the details!

    Space is limited and reservations are required.

    DATE: THURSDAY, September 29th, 6-8 p.m.

    PRICE: FREE with college I.D.

    LOCATION: SAU Ralph Carey Forum

    Thanks to our event sponsors:


    Facilitator: Shelby Raines

    Shelby Raines is the Executive Director of Marriage Matters Jackson and a big fan of having fun! You may have heard her co-hosting monthly on K105.3, or speaking at other community activities. In addition to her husband and family, she also enjoys traveling, playing games, photography, and reading a good book while lounging by the pool.  Shelby is an admitted pop culture trivia buff; she can quote TV and movie lines from the 60s to present day. She loves Jimmy Fallon, prefers short walks on the beach, the occasional pina colada and getting caught in the rain. She’s not much into health food or champagne but loves slipping lyrics to old songs into everyday life. ;) And prior to marriage, she enjoyed dating a lot. In fact, she still enjoys dating, she just limits it to her husband Drew.  But she knows dating and relationships can be complicated and we all want to get it right!  Shelby believes putting some work and effort into your relationship from the earliest stages helps tremendously in the long run. That’s why Shelby does what she does with Marriage Matters Jackson.


    • 22 Oct 2016
    • 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Michigan Theatre, Downtown Jackson

    The Vow:
    A story so incredible it has to be true.

    Saturday, Oct. 22

    Michigan Theatre, Downtown Jackson

    Doors open at 5:30 p.m.,
    movie starts at 6:00 p.m.

    $20 per person/$40 per couple

    VIP Seating available for additional charge


    The evening includes The Vow movie*, followed by delicious Biggby coffee, dessert, and
    a presentation by the
    movie’s real-life couple!

    Traveling from out of the area, or want to make it a special overnight?
    Check out Jackson area hotels here!

    *Concessions will be available for purchase during the evening. Please note this film is rated PG-13. 

    “I never stopped loving her. I made a vow --
    until death do us part.”

    -Kim Carpenter, author of “The Vow”

    In 2012, The Vow was the #1 movie in America, the story is based on the incredible real-life experience of Krickitt and Kim Carpenter – a newlywed couple who survived a tragedy and worked to keep their promises to each other. During a terrible car accident, Krickitt lost her memory and her loving husband, Kim, worked to win her heart all over again.

    At MMJ’s date-your-mate event on Saturday, Oct. 22nd you’ll have a chance to enjoy the movie starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, on the big screen at the Michigan Theatre. Then, you’ll hear a powerful message presented by the real-life couple, Kim and Krickitt Carpenter. When it would have been easy to walk away from each other, they turned to their faith and each other and found that love truly does conquer all.

    "They are incredible people that are really extraordinary. Amazing people!”

    --Rachel McAdams, actress

    MMJ would like to thank our generous event sponsors!







    Tim & Sue Walberg

    At the point of registration, fees are nonrefundable.

    • 11 Nov 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • YMCA, Downtown Jackson


    Friday, Nov. 11th

    YMCA Small Gym, Downtown Jackson

    $10 per person/$20 per couple

     Childcare available for kids 6 weeks and older.  

    $5 per child.

    Join us for a date night filled with food, fun 

    and fitness! Marriage Matters Jackson

    and the Jackson YMCA are partnering to present 

    Happy Healthy Marriage

    – an evening with your special someone discovering

     new ways to connect as a couple.

    You’ll enjoy delicious snacks, a fun couple’s fitness lesson,
    and great tips on how 
    to keep your relationship healthy and active.

    Wear comfy clothes and come ready

    to move!  All fitness levels welcome.

    MMJ would like to thank our generous
    event sponsors!


    At the point of registration, fees are nonrefundable.        

    • 27 Jan 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • 28 Jan 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Jackson Holiday Inn, Jackson
    • 25

    The Second Half

    An MMJ Married Workshop

    Friday, Jan. 27th & Saturday, Jan. 28th

     Comfort Inn & Suites, Chelsea

    $175/couple (includes overnight hotel stay & 
    2-day workshop & meals on Saturday) or 

    $99/couple (includes 2-day workshop & meals on Saturday - no hotel stay)

    Major changes
    in a marriage can take place anywhere between the ages of 40-70. Let MMJ show you how to have fun and steer you through the many changes that can happen in the second half of marriage. We'll be looking at such topics as:

    • Dealing with an Empty Nest
    • Caring for Aging parents
    • Health & Body issues
    • Teenagers or adult children living at home
    • New family dynamics (grandchildren, married children)
    • Career Changes
    • Sexual issues
    • Retirement decisions
    If you do it the healthy and fun way, the second half of your marriage can be a time of learning about each other, sharing dreams and working toward a more satisfying relationship. Based on the award winning book, The Second Half of Marriage, this workshop gives practical strategies for navigating this special stage of your relationship.

    If you are in or near the empty nest- or if your nest has refilled, this seminar is just for you. You'll learn you're not alone, and the second half of your marriage can be a time of incredible fulfillment, no matter what challenges you previously faced or what lies ahead.

    Get ready to cruise into the next part of your marriage and enjoy the adventure together.

    Schedule: Join us Friday evening at 7 p.m. for the first session of the workshop at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Chelsea. Then on day 2, enjoy a breakfast to kick off the day with snacks and lunch provided throughout the sessions, wrapping up by 4 p.m. on Saturday.

    *At the point of registration, fees are nonrefundable.
    If you are unable to attend, your registration fee will become a tax deductible donation.

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