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What is Celebrate Recovery?

celebrate recoveryEvery Tuesday Night
Doors open at 6:30 pm
7:00 pm – Worship
8:00 pm – Open Share Groups

A Christ centered program that gives people the resources and relationships to help 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 Celebrate Recovery 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 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. We 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 discover our personal, loving and forgiving Higher Power Jesus Christ, the one and only true Higher Power.

Jesus Christ, the One and Only True Higher Power

The Road to RECOVERY

Principle 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

Principle 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

Principle 3
Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. 
"Happy are the meek." Matthew 5:5

Principle 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

Principle 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

Principle 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

Principle 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.

Principle 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

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Tuesday Night Schedule

6:30 - 7:00 PM - Fellowship-CrossTalk Café
Beverages and great fellowship.

7:00 - 8:00 PM - Large Group-Chapel
Time of praise and worship, reading of the 8 Principles to Recovery and teaching or a testimony.

8:00 - 9:00 PM - Small Groups (See Bulletin for room)
Gender specific and issue specific groups, that follow the Group Guidelines

9:00 - 9:30 PM - CrossTalk Café
Please come for FREE coffee and other beverages! Time with others in your group to relax with good fellowship

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

Things We Are

A safe place to share.
A refuge.
A place of belonging.
A place to care for others and be cared for.
Where respect is given to each member.
Where confidentiality is highly regarded.
A place to learn.
A place to demonstrate genuine love.
A place to grow and become strong again.
A place for progress.
Where you can take off your mask and allow others to know who you are.
A place for healthy challenges and healthy risks.
A possible turning point in your life.

Things We Are Not

A place for selfish control.
Therapy.
A place for secrets.
A place to look for dating relationships.
A place to rescue or be rescued by others.
A place for perfection.
A long-term commitment.
A place to judge others
A quick fix.

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.

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.

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.

Large Group

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

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

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

  • Keep your sharing focused on your own thoughts and feelings. Please limit your sharing to 3-5 minutes.
  • There will be no cross talk please. Cross talk is when 2 individuals engage in dialogue, excluding all others. Each person is free to express feelings without interruption.
  • We are here to support one another. We will not attempt to “fix” another.
  • Anonymity and confidentiality are basic requirements. What is shared in the group stays in the group!
  • Offensive language has no place in a Christ-centered group.

Celebrate Recovery Groups Can/Will Not…

Celebrate Recovery Small Groups Can:

  • Provide you a safe place to share your experiences, strengths and hopes with others who are going through the “Principles” in a Christ-Centered recovery.
  • Provide you a leader who has gone through a similar hurt, hang-up on habit that will facilitate the group as it focuses on a particular Step each week. The leader will also keep Celebrate Recovery's “FIVE RULES.” 
  • Provide you with the opportunity to find an accountability partner or sponsor.
  • Encourage you to attend other recovery meetings held throughout the week, if available.

Celebrate Recovery Small Groups Will Not:

  • Attempt to offer any professional clinical advice. Our leaders are not counselors. We will provide you with a list of approved counseling referrals.
  • Allow its members to attempt to fix one another.

Rules and Why’s

Other Focus: Concentrating on others needs and problems. Analyzing their motives and behavior. Asking questions of others. Telling stories about what he/she did.

  • NEGATIVE RESULTS: Helps us avoid our own issues. Makes us observers, not participants. Puts a safe (and lonely) distance between ourselves and others.
  • RULE 1: Keep your sharing focused on your own thoughts and feelings. Please limit your sharing to 3-5 minutes.
  • RULE 2: We are here to support one another. We will not attempt to "fix" one another.
  • GOALS: Work on self. Share personal needs, feelings, ideas and problems. Allow time for all those who need share.

Breaking Confidentiality: Telling outsiders what was said or done in group. Gossip disguised as a prayer request.

  • NEGATIVE RESULTS: Violates trust and safety. Makes members afraid to share risky material.
  • RULE 3: Anonymity and confidentiality are basic requirements. What is shared in the group stays in the group.
  • GOALS: Celebrate Recovery is a safe place.


Cross-Talk: Interrupting people, asking questions, having a dialogue with one other member of the group.

  • NEGATIVE RESULTS: Members fear that they won't be able to finish sharing, that their ideas are not valued, or that they won't get a chance to speak.
  • RULE 4: There will be no cross-talk please. Cross-talk is when two individuals engage in a dialogue, excluding all others. Each person is free to express feelings without interruption.
  • RULE 5: Offensive language has no place in a Christ-centered recovery group.
  • GOALS: Listen respectfully to what others choose to share.

Where Would You Like to Serve with Celebrate Recovery?

Please see the available opportunities for service as well as their primary duties.

PRAYER TEAM

Pray for Coaches and Facilitators by name, on a daily basis. Pray weekly for special CR prayer requests turned in on CR prayer request forms, in the Prayer Room.

WORSHIP/SOUND TECH TEAM

Lead Praise and Worship at weekly Large Group. Arrive 1 1/4 hr. early for rehearsal on Fridays. Auditions are held periodically. Request a Worship Team Application to know the Worship Team requirements and guidelines. Sound Technicians rotate to run PowerPoint.

CROSSTALK CAFÉ RECOVERY TEAM

Prepare and serve coffee and dessert for Café Recovery. (Will need to be set up during Small Group time.) Clean up Gym, Kitchen and empty trash. Create positive atmosphere.

GREETER TEAM

Team of one male and one female to meet and greet people before, during and after meal and then direct participants at locations around the church. Be sensitive to “newcomers” and help them find their way!

SET-UP TEAM

Put signs up for small groups at various rooms and outside to advertise. Set up(& take down) the chip table for large group, the literature table, name tag table and the Sign Up Table.

USHER TEAM

Set up & take down of Worship Center, roping off the pews. Distribute bulletin at CR Large Group, collect the offering and count number attending Large Group-record in CR Office.

NEWCOMER TEAM

Completion of the Steps required… Be trained and prepared to lead Newcomers 101 on Friday night.