Experience a safe place to find freedom from life’s hurts, hang-ups, and habits
TUESDAY NIGHT SCHEDULE
6:30-7:30 PM LARGE GROUP
Lesson, Personal Testimony, or Special Guest Speaker
7:30-8:30 PM SMALL GROUPS
Structured Open Share Discussion Topic & Weekly Check-In
8:30-9:00 PM FELLOWSHIP
Enjoy a Tea or Coffee While Socializing with Others
WEEKLY STEP STUDY GROUPS
Celebrate Recovery large group meetings are only half of the healing process! If you desire to dive deeper into your recovery and your relationship with God, consider joining a step study. Unlike open share meetings, step study groups have structured discussions and require weekly commitment, but you will get out of it what you put into it. Remember that you are not the only person who is affected by the commitment, as others will rely on you as much as you will rely on them. Step study groups have limited availability, so ask your leaders about opportunities to join one.
Prayer for Serenity
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
TWELVE STEPS and their biblical comparisons
- We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had
“For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” Romans 7:18
- We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”
- We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices,
holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12:1
- We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
“Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.” Lamentations 3:40
- We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”
- We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” James 4:10
- We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all
unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
- We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31
- We made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure
them or others.
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has
something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your
brother; then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24
- We continue to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” 1 Corinthians 10:12
- We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only
for knowledge of His will for us, and power to carry that out.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” Colossians 3:16
- Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to
others and practice these principles in all our affairs.
“Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore them gently. But
watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.” Galatians 6:1
THE ROAD TO RECOVERY
8 Recovery Principles based on the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3-10
- 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. (Step 1) “Happy are those who know that they are spiritually poor.” Matthew 5:3
- Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that He has the power to help me recover. (Step 2) “Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
- Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. (Step 3) “Happy are the meek.” Matthew 5:5
- Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust. (Steps 4 and 5) “Happy are the pure in heart.” Matthew 5:8
- Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects. (Steps 6 and 7) “Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires.”
- Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others when possible, except when to do so would harm them or others. (Steps 8 and 9) “Happy are the merciful.” Matthew 5:7 — “Happy are the peacemakers” Matthew 5:9
- 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. (Steps 10 and 11)
- Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and my words. (Step 12) “Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.” Matthew 5:10
CELEBRATE RECOVERY PURPOSE
The purpose of Celebrate Recovery is to fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the “8 Recovery Principles.” This experience allows us to “be changed.” We open the door by sharing our experiences, strengths and hopes with one another. In addition, we become willing to accept God’s grace in solving our lives´ problems. By working and applying these 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.