Celebrate Recovery

Worship

Sunday - 10 AM In Person & Livestream. Worship & Praise in the Family Life Center. Traditional liturgy in the Chapel

celebrate recovery

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ centered program that gives people the resources and relationships to help them recover from life's hurts, habits, and hang-ups. This is a program for anyone struggling with past or current dysfunctions or compulsions, whether they are affecting their own life or the lives of those around them.

The purpose of CR is to fellowship and celebrate God's healing power in our lives through the Eight Recovery Principles found in the Beatitudes and Christ-Centered Twelve Steps. This experience allows us to "be changed". We open the door to personal healing and growth by sharing our experiences, victories and hopes with one another as well as learning to accept God's grace in our lives.

By working the Christ-centered steps and applying their Biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually and become free from our addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy, and, most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others.

As we progress through the program we learn to discover and rely more and more upon our personal, loving and forgiving Higher Power, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, the One and Only Higher Power.

  • Time: Currently meeting via Zoom every Tuesday at 6:30 pm
  • Attend: CR Zoom Access

Schedule

  • 6:30 - 7:00 PM: CrossTalk Café - Beverages and great fellowship
  • 7:00 - 8:00 PM: Large Group - Time of praise and worship, reading of the 8 Principles to Recovery and teaching or a testimony
  • 8:00 - 9:00 PM: Small Groups - Gender-specific and issue-specific groups that follow the Group Guidelines
  • 9:00 - 9:30 PM: CrossTalk Café

Group Guidelines

the road to recovery

8 Recovery Principles

  1. Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.
    • Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor. Matthew 5:3
  2. Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover.
    • Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
  3. Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
    • Happy are the meek. Matthew 5:5
  4. Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.
    • Happy are the pure in heart. Matthew 5:8
  5. Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.
    • Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires. Matthew 5:6
  6. Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others, except when to do so would harm them or others.
    • Happy are the merciful. Happy are the peacemakers. Matthew 5:7 & 9
  7. Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life, and to gain the power to follow His will.
  8. Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words.
    • Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires! Matthew 5:10

serenity prayer

God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change.

The courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;

Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is;

Not as I would have it;

Trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will;

So that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next.

AMEN

Reinhold Niebuhr

characteristics of groups

Large Group

The general meeting, where all participants gather for a time of worship and either a teaching or a testimony, is our Large Group. The Large Group acts as the top of the funnel moving people toward changed lives through Christ's power. It is a non threatening meeting where someone can come and see what recovery is all about, without having to commit to sharing any of their hurts, habits, or hang ups. The Large Group meets for one hour.

  • Worship
  • Read the Steps or Principles
  • Announcements
  • Teach lesson from the Celebrate Recovery Leaders Guide or Testimony
  • Serenity Prayer
  • No obligation to share
  • Mixed group
  • Dismiss to Open Share groups or Recovery 101
  • Information Table

Open Share Group

At the conclusion of the Large Group, participants are excused to attend groups that are gender specific (men’s and women’s groups), and recovery issue specific in larger Celebrate Recovery ministries. These are the Open Share Groups. The leader of the Open Share group facilitates the use of the small group guidelines keeping the group a safe place to share life's struggles and victories. By attending these Open Share groups, experiencing the safety and encouragement of the group, and hearing others share of their victories and changed lives, participants will funnel into the third type of group, the Step Study Group.

  • Recovery Issue Specific
  • Follows Large Group
  • Gender specific
  • One Hour meeting
  • Share struggles and victories
  • Acknowledge sobriety (chips)
  • Open to newcomers
  • Find a Sponsor or accountability partner
  • Follow the 5 Small Group guidelines


Step Study Group

The Step Study is a two hour meeting meeting on a different day of the week from the Large Group and Open Share Groups. The Participants guides are used in this group, working through them one question at a time. The leader facilitates the small group guidelines, keeping the group focused on the questions and moving forward. It is here that the healing takes place, and lives are changed.

  • Use Celebrate Recovery Participant Guides
  • Answer and discuss questions at the end of each lesson of the guides
  • Two hour meeting
  • Gender specific
  • Mixed recovery OR recovery issue specific
  • High level of accountability
  • Weekly attendance expected
  • Follow the 5 Small Group guidelines
  • Meets an additional day of the week