Luke 19:10

"For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost."

 

             

 

What is a hurt, habit or hang-up?

What is Recovery?

What is Celebrate Recovery?

How is Celebrate Recovery different from other 12 Step programs?

How often does Celebrate Recovery meet?

What is the format of a Friday night meeting?

Who started Celebrate Recovery?

Is Celebrate Recovery for me?

Does it cost anything to attend?

Is child care available?

Is Celebrate Recovery confidential?

Do I have to be a member of River Valley Christian Fellowship to attend?

Who leads Celebrate Recovery?

Do men and women meet together?

What is a Share Group?

What is a Step Study?

Large Group vs. Share Group vs. Step Study

Do I have to share?

What if I can't make it every week?

How do I get started?

Joy Williams "You Don't Have To Hide"

What is a hurt, habit or hang-up?

A hurt, habit or hang-up is something that hinders your walk with God.

 
  • Hurt: an emotional reaction to another person's behavior or to a disturbing situation (divorce, rejection, betrayal, abuse, a loved one's addiction or other dysfunctional behavior).

  • Habit: addiction to someone or something (alcohol, drugs, prescription medication, food, sex pornography, gambling, work, spending).

  • Hang-up: negative mental attitude used to cope with people or adversity (anger, depression, fear, unforgiveness).

 

These life problems can be stumbling blocks or stepping stones. Healing is available through applying the principles of a Bible-based recovery process to your life.

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What is Recovery?

In physical health, recovery refers to the process of moving from illness to wellness. Our hurts, habits and hang-ups are like an illness and using the tools of Celebrate Recovery we begin to move toward wholeness. Some might say from bondage to freedom in Christ. Others might say from self-reliance to faith in Christ.

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What is Celebrate Recovery?

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered and Bible-based 12 Step Recovery Program. The purpose is to focus on God’s healing power through fellowship with others. By working the 12 Steps and the 8 Beatitude Principles, issue groups open up, share experiences, and explore hope. In this way, we become willing to accept God’s grace in solving our problems.

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How is Celebrate Recovery different from other 12 Step programs?

At Celebrate Recovery our Higher Power is Jesus Christ and the Word of God is our authority. Our Step Study guidebooks refer to scripture references for instruction. Every Friday we begin by worshiping our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ through music and prayer. As a ministry of River Valley Christian Fellowship we are under the authority of our elders.

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How often does Celebrate Recovery meet?

Here at River Valley Christian Fellowship, Celebrate Recovery meets every Friday evening, even on major holidays. The meetings are designed so that a person may begin on the road to recovery at anytime; you need not wait for a start date to begin your recovery.

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What is the format of a Friday night meeting?

We begin at 7:00pm with a brief time of worship through singing. A teaching or personal testimony is presented to the entire Celebrate Recovery group. At 8:00 we dismiss to gender-specific groups that provide a format for open sharing. No one is required to participate in the personal sharing. At 9:00 the group meetings end and there is a time of coffee and fellowship with other attendees.

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Who started Celebrate Recovery?

John Baker, a believer who struggles with alcoholism, found help through Alcoholics Anonymous and began healing. He found emptiness at AA because he could not refer to his personal Higher Power, Jesus Christ. He presented a plan to start a Christian 12 Step Recovery program to his pastor, Rick Warren. Pastor Rick said, "Do it!". John did and Celebrate Recovery was born. To read a transcript of John Baker's testimony click here.

At River Valley Christian Fellowship in August, 2004 a few men began to pray for the Lord's direction about starting Celebrate Recovery here. God brought together a leadership team and Celebrate Recovery began at River Valley Christian Fellowship January 28th, 2005.

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Is Celebrate Recovery for me?

Celebrate Recovery offers a person the opportunity to participate in a group fellowship where love and hope combine with God's purpose to mend our lives. Ask yourself:

 
  • Are there things in my life that I do that hurt others?

  • Is there something I wish I could live without?

  • Is it time to crack my denial and admit I am not in control of my life?

  • Do I have a painful habit or hang-up from which I need to be freed?

 

If you answered "yes" to any of these statements then we urge you to attend a Celebrate Recovery meeting to see if it is for you.

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Does it cost anything to attend?

Celebrate Recovery does not charge for this ministry. Free-will offerings are received on Friday evenings. Our Celebrate Recovery is self-supporting. The Step Study Workbooks and the Celebrate Recovery Bible utilized in the Step Studies are available at the Resource Table on Friday evenings. The cost for these materials range from $6 to $20.

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Is child care available?

Yes. We currently have volunteers from River Valley Christian Fellowship who serve by providing child care for Celebrate Recovery on Friday evenings.

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Is Celebrate Recovery confidential?

Yes, Celebrate Recovery maintains strict confidentiality. This promotes an atmosphere of trust, facilitates growth and enables recovery... Who is in the meeting and what is said in the meeting, stays in the meeting. We are diligent about confidentiality and anonymity. The guidelines/rules protect all of us from judgment and being "fixed". In a "safe place" you can take off your "mask" and be real and honest without fear. You are 100% in control of when and how much you participate.

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Do I have to be a member of River Valley Christian Fellowship to attend?

No, Celebrate Recovery is a ministry for anyone who is interested in a Christ-centered recovery program that will enable them to recover from life's hurts, hang-ups, habits and addictions. You will no doubt find attendees who are not members and/or do not attend River Valley Christian Fellowship. We welcome you to join us, if you are looking for a home church. River Valley Christian Fellowship has two Sunday morning Worship services; the first beginning at 8:30 am and the second beginning at 11:00 am.

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Who leads Celebrate Recovery?

Celebrate Recovery is conducted by Christians who have been through 12-step recovery themselves. They understand. Many have been dealt tragic blows in their lives.  Our choices cause painful and lingering consequences, leading to guilt, remorse, grief, and shame. These individuals can truly understand and lead others. The leaders are not counselors and do not offer any professional clinical advice. If professional advice is required, referrals may be made.

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Do men and women meet together?

We all meet together for the Worship Time and Large Group meeting and then dismiss into gender-specific Open Share Groups. Also, all Step Study meetings, which meet on times other than Friday nights, are gender specific.

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What is a Share Group?

Celebrate Recovery Share Groups offer support and encouragement to anyone seeking freedom and wholeness in Christ. Small groups meet after the Large group meeting on Friday evenings and include individuals of the same gender who are struggling with a similar hurt, habit or hang up. Groups are lead by trained facilitators and offer a safe place for men and women to be honest about areas where they are hurting or experiencing defeat. Anonymity and confidentiality are basic requirements of the group. As we keep coming back, the Lord extends love and grace through the care we experience from others in the group. Individuals who participate in Celebrate Recovery support groups report that they gain new insights, find freedom from addictive and compulsive behaviors and develop skills for building healthier relationships with themselves, with God and with others.

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What is a Step Study?

The Step Study takes place on another time other than Fridays. Celebrate Recovery uses the Twelve Steps and its related Scripture as the biblical model for living your life. A Step Study is a personal journey through each of these steps in a confidential group led by a facilitator who has completed the study. We use Celebrate Recovery's four participant books. When you finish the study you will have worked your hurts, habits and hang-ups through each step. A Step Study is a long-term commitment to the members of the group. It will typically take 12 months to complete the study. After completing the Step Study, we hope you will join us as we minister to others dealing with their hurts, habits and hang-ups. We do have guidelines for the groups that are strictly followed.

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Large Group vs. Share Group vs. Step Study

Celebrate Recovery meets every Friday night and that time is made up of Large Group, Open Share Group and Fellowship at the Solid Rock Café.

Step Studies meet one day a week, other than Friday nights, and work through the 4 participant guides as a group. It typically takes a year to complete all of the guides.

 

Characteristics of Large Group (Fridays, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm):

 
  • Meets 52 weeks per year

  • Celebrate Recovery Resource Table is set up containing Celebrate Recovery Bible, Participant Guides and Information Sheets.

  • Worship Time

  • Reading of 12 Steps or 8 Principles

  • Offering taken

  • Teaching / Testimony / Special Guest Speaker

  • No Obligation to share

  • Serenity Prayer close

  • Dismiss to Open Share Groups (optional)

 

Characteristics of Open Share Group (Fridays, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm):

 
  • Meets 52 weeks per year

  • Gender based (may be Recovery Issue specific)

  • Funnel individuals to Step Study Groups

  • Meeting Group Guidelines facilitated

  • Leader's Focus Question - open share

  • Acknowledge Sobriety with Sobriety Chips

  • Meet Accountability Partners

  • Find a Sponsor

  • Always open to Newcomers

  • At close, Invite attendees to Solid Rock Café

  • Anonymity and Confidentiality are Basic Requirements

 

Characteristics of Step Study Group (Other than Friday, Different Times):

 
  • Mixed Recovery Issues

  • Gender based

  • 2 hour meeting

  • Celebrate Recovery Participant Guides (curriculum)

  • Utilize Celebrate Recovery Bible

  • Meeting Group Guidelines facilitated

  • Build Accountability teams, partners

  • Meeting closed to Newcomers by Step 4

  • Completion of 12 Steps (1 Year approx.)

  • Facilitators have completed a Step Study and are Trained

  • Held on alternate days / nights of the week

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Do I have to share?

In the Open Share Groups, absolutely not... until you are ready. You can pass anytime you wish and for as long as it takes for you to become comfortable. In the Step Studies everyone is required to share as the questions are answered.

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What if I can't make it every week?

You are welcome to come when you can for worship, large group and share groups. However, if you join a Step Study, you are expected to come each week until you complete it. That said, your group leader can discuss attendance with you when you enter a Step Study group. As with any endeavor, the more effort you put into Celebrate Recovery, the more benefit you will gain.

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How do I get started?

Just show up! We meet at River Valley Christian Fellowship at 7pm. No pre-enrollment is necessary. Celebrate Recovery is located in the north end of the building. From the parking lot behind the church, enter the first door from the left as you face the back of the church building. You will be warmly greeted by a friendly and caring team!

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