Every Friday Night
6:00 - 7:00 pm; Dinner 7:00 - 8:00 pm; Praise & Worship 8:00 - 9:00 pm; Gender Specific Small Groups 9:00 - 10:00 pm; Cross Talk Cafe' (Coffee and Dessert)
To ensure that Celebrate Recovery is a safe place, the following five guidelines are followed in all gender specific small groups:
- Keep your sharing focused on your own thoughts and feelings. Limit your sharing to three to five minutes.
- There is NO cross talk. Cross talk is when two individuals engage in conversation excluding all others. Each person is free to express his or her feelings without interruptions.
- We are here to support one another, not "fix" another.
- Anonymity and confidentiality are basic requirements. What is shared in the group stays in the group. The only exception is when someone threatens to injure themselves or others.
- Offensive language has no place in a Christ-centered recovery group.
Step Studies are a second type of Celebrate Recovery small groups. They meet on different times than our Friday night large group and open share groups. The step study small groups actually go through the four Celebrate Recovery participant's guides together. They answer and discuss the questions at the end of each lesson together. They close the group (i.e., no new members) after they have completed the lessons on the third principle at the end of the first participant's guide. Step study groups meet together for roughly ten to twelve months. There are separate groups for men and women.
The step study is where we get into the heart of the program and true healing from their lives' hurts, hang-ups, and habits occurs.
Step studies begin as we have a group of men or women ready to commit at least ten months to their recovery. Most times we recommend attending our Friday night Celebrate Recovery worship and open share groups as well. If you would like to talk to someone about Celebrate Recovery step studies, use the Contact CR tab or click the email icon at the top left of this page.
Realize I’m not God: I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and my life is unmanageable. (Step 1)
“Happy are those who know 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.” Mathew 5:4
Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. (Step3)
“Happy are the meek.” Matthew 5:5
Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust. (Steps 4 & 5)
“Happy are the pure in heart.” Matthew 5:8
Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects. (Steps 6 & 7)
“Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires.” Matthew 5:6
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. (Steps 8 & 9)
“Happy are the merciful.” “Happy are the peacemakers.” Matthew 5:7, 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 & 11)
Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words. (Step 12)
“Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.” Matthew 5:10
12 Christ-Centered STEPS
1. We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable.
"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out." Romans 7:18
2. 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." Philippians 2:13
3. We made a decision to turn our wills and our lives 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
4. 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
5. 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." James 5:16
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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
9. 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
10. We continued 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
11. 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
12. Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
"Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted." Galatians 6:1
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
In Jesus' name, Amen!