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Celebrate Recovery to begin October 3

Program designed to celebrate God’s healing power | Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 11:52 am

A new program in the Mountain Grove area will begin Thursday, Oct. 3, which is designed to “celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the eight recovery principles found in the Beatitudes and Christ-centered 12 steps.”  “Celebrate Recovery is a biblical and balanced program that helps us overcome our hurts, hang-ups, and habits,” the program’s website explains.

Ray Bradley stated that the program was in place at a church he had attended in Carthage. The program in Carthage initially started with 12 participants and is now over 100.

Bradley stated on the organizations initial meeting in Mountain Grove there were 30 people who attended from four different churches.

He indicated that the program in Mountain Grove will meet every Thursday night at First Free Will Baptist Church from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be a meal and fellowship from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by a general service and breaking into smaller groups.

Celebrate Recovery, sometimes known as CR, was started in 1990 by John Baker, an alcoholic who was looking for something he thought was missing from the recovery program he was attending, and Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church. Today the program is in over 20,000 churches worldwide.

In determinig if Celebrate Recovery is for you, CR’s promotional material states, “Celebrate Recovery offers a person the opportunity to participate in a group fellowship where love and home 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 hangup 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.”

CR stresses that it maintains strict confidentiality which promotes the atmosphere of trust. It is also pointed out that the program does not attempt to offer any professional clinical advice and that their leaders are not counselors.

But Bradley points out that there are no secrets in CR. He explains that this is because the Bible says if you want forgiveness of sin confess to God and confess faults one to another for healing of soul.

Bradley stated that the program is volunteer based and if persons are not comfortable in  a leadership position there are many other ways persons can assist with the program including such things as cooks, child care, set  up of facilities and greeters.

Leadership training will be ongoing through the first year. Step leaders must go through the 12 steps and this takes almost a year, Bradley said. He indicated that he would like to have at least five steps done with their initial leadership group before starting the program. They will start leadership training on Thursday, Aug. 28.

Anyone interested in the program is welcome to come to the meeting on October 3.