Life can leave people with all sorts of hurts, habits and hang-ups and that is what Celebrate Recovery is all about.
It offers the opportunity of a fresh start, new hope, ongoing support and encouragement to both men and women who struggle with those ‘hurts, hang-ups, and habits’. We first came across Celebrate Recovery when one of our pastors visited another church where they have been running the programme for some time. The people there said things like:
We’ve been running Celebrate Recovery at Fulwood Free Methodist Church for a while now. It’s been great to see the change in people’s lives as they have progressed along the programme’s steps.
At Celebrate Recovery we seek to help individuals overcome all sort of difficulties: over-eating, grief, divorce, insecurity, relationships, gambling, control, abuse, alcohol, drugs, guilt, sexual addiction, lying, perfectionism, anger, rage, fear, anxiety, co-dependency, overspending, procrastination, hypochondria, and other problematic issues that many people struggle with and earnestly desire to break free from.
It's easy to look at a list like that and to tell ourselves that our problems "aren't that big". At Celebrate Recovery we believe that God doesn't want us to be walking around with hurts, habits or hang-ups and that nothing is too big, but likewise, nothing is too small. We don't judge things as being big or small, if they are an issue to you then we want to work with you and with Jesus to find a place of healing.
The foundation of Celebrate Recovery is the belief that all things are possible through Jesus Christ and that includes real, lasting and sustainable life change. We sincerely hope that each person will come to experience forgiveness, cleansing, healing, wholeness and freedom and possibly come to know the love of God in a personal way.
At the heart of Celebrate Recovery is a tried and tested programme that is used around the world. This programme is both practical and Biblical and has been instrumental in liberating and healing literally thousands of people, helping them to find a new life worth living.
Celebrate Recovery evenings are every Monday between 8:00pm and 9:30pm, people arrive from 7:30. Each evening starts with tea and coffee where people spend time catching up. We then have a large group meeting where we are together for a time of practical training. There are 25 lessons which we cover over a 12-month period, but that doesn't mean you need to come for a year. Celebrate Recovery is a self-paced programme, some people come for a few months, others come for longer. Some lessons take two weeks, others only take one; we take our time because people need the time. After the large group session, we break into smaller single sex groups; during this time each member focuses on their own situations and are encouraged to share whatever they feel they can. The small groups are a safe place to share and confidentiality is a requirement. People then hang around at the end for a chat.
We run Celebrate Rocvery meetings throughout the year and it's OK to join at any time.
For more information please contact us, or come along on a Monday evening and we'll make sure you get all of the information you may need.