The purpose of Celebrate Recovery is to celebrate Gods healing power in our lives. By working and applying the 8 Recovery Principles, we begin to grow spiritually and experience freedom from our addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom brings peace, serenity and joy as our relationships become strong and healthy again. Most importantly, we begin to develop a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of the one true living God.
This past year, we have see people come through great struggles, freed from addictions and habits, their families and finances restored and relationships blossom.....and that is just with our leadership! Throughout this time, the Holy Spirit has stirred hearts and minds, bringing healing through His Son Jesus Christ to many people with hurts habits and hang-ups.
Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to get real...with no fear of judgement or condemnation. You will find other people just like you who want to live a life of freedom and peace. No matter what the issue, no matter what your lifestyle, you will be welcome.
Come join us when you can. There are no commitments to make, just love and acceptance to receive.
Every Monday night in our Family Life Center:
To get started - just show up!
Meal at 6 :00
There is no cost but a donation basket is available for those who can give.
Large Group from 6:45 - 8 p.m.
Join us for a time of worship, testimonies and teaching on the twelve steps and recovery principles
Small Groups from 8 - 9 p.m.
At the conclusion of our Large Group Meeting, we will break up into gender specific small groups for more in-depth discussions. The gender specific small groups will provide more in-depth sharing of similar struggles. Teachings from the Large Group Meeting or devotional readings will be used to initiate sharing. These meetings meet in various rooms in our Family Life Building. Participants are encouraged to comment, read or just listen. You are welcome to come and not say say anything.
If you are new to recovery or a visitor, after the Large Group session we invite you to attend this meeting. You will receive a brief introduction to CR, discussion of our meeting format and some personal testimonies. There is no obligation to share. Just join us and find out about CR, ask questions and determine if it is a good fit for you.
Our Cafe from 9 - 9:30 p.m.
Join others for a time of fellowship, coffee and dessert after the small group time. It’s an excellent way to unwind, relax and get to know others better. Many use this time to connect with a sponsor.
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, from bondage to freedom in Christ or some might say from self-reliance to faith in Christ.
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. If most people were honest, there is an area of their lives with which they struggle. Are there things in your life that you do that hurt others? Is there something in your life you wish wasn’t? Is it time to stop your denial and admit you aren’t in control of your life? Do you have a habit or hang-up from which you need freedom? If any of these things apply to you, then we urge you to attend.
Does it cost anything to attend?
Celebrate Recovery does not charge for this ministry. Offerings are received on Monday evenings if you are able to give. Our Celebrate Recovery is self-supporting. We offer assorted Celebrate Recovery books and materials at cost. See our information table on Monday evenings.
What is the difference between AA and Celebrate Recovery?
The principle difference between AA (and other Twelve Step programs) and Celebrate Recovery is that Celebrate Recovery focuses on Jesus Christ as the true Higher Power and uses God's Word as the authority in relation to the Twelve Steps. In order to reach people who would be offended by Jesus or the church, AA focuses on a Higher Power. Celebrate Recovery’s 8 Principles to the Road to Recovery tie the Twelve Steps to Jesus Christ’s teachings known as the Beatitudes given in The Sermon on the Mount.
Is Celebrate Recovery confidential?
Yes, Celebrate Recovery maintains strict confidentiality. This promotes an atmosphere of trust and enables recovery. We are diligent about confidentiality and anonymity. The guidelines and rules protect all of us from judgment and being “fixed”. In this 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.
Do I have to be a member of Lavonia First Baptist Church 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. There are attendees who are not members and do not attend Lavonia First Baptist Church. You are welcomed to visit with us on Sunday mornings at 10:45 a.m.
Do I have to share?
Absolutely not . . . until you are ready. You can pass anytime you want and for as long as it takes for you to become comfortable.
What if I can't make it every week?
You are welcome to come whenever you can. As with any endeavor, the more effort you put into Celebrate Recovery, the more benefit you will gain.
You can help! We need lots of help with hospitality concerns (food preparations and greeting folks). If you would like to donate your time or money to this ministry, or want more information call the office 356-4243.