Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered 12-Step recovery program based on biblical principles with a goal to let God work His healing power in and through our lives. CR addresses a wide range of hurts, habits and hang-ups; maintaining strict confidentiality and anonymity; promoting an atmosphere of trust, facilitating spiritual growth and providing a safe environment for recovery from unhealthy habits and trauma such as alcohol/drug addiction, pornography, gambling, food addictions, financial recovery, low self-esteem, control issues, depression, anger, co-dependency, depression, sexual addictions, rejection/ abandonment issues, perfectionism, broken relationships, resentment/unforgiveness, childhood/adult physical, emotional and sexual abuse.
This recovery program emphasizes that we need each other in order to heal and grow stronger. It is built around small group interaction and the fellowship of a caring community. Celebrate Recovery is built on the New Testament principle that we don't get well by ourselves. We need each other. Hurting people hurt those around them ~ intentionally or otherwise ~ and Celebrate Recovery helps those who are struggling by showing them that freedom from their strongholds is possible!
You've undoubtedly heard the expression that "time heals all wounds." Unfortunately, it isn't true. The truth is, time often makes things worse. Wounds that are left untended fester and spread infection throughout your entire body. Time only extends the pain if the problem isn't dealt. Our communities needs a balanced program to help people overcome their hurts, habits and hang-ups ~ and Celebrate Recovery is that program.
Celebrate Recovery meets every Thursday night at the First Baptist Church of Waldoboro. Find Directions to First Baptist Church.* Each Thursday’s schedule is as follows:
|Large Group Meeting (men and women together||6:30 pm|
|Open Share Groups (men and women separate)||7:30 pm|
|Newcomers' Meeting **||7:30 pm|
|Solid Rock Café||8:30 pm|
* Look here for more Celebrate Recovery locations.
** Are you a first time visitor? Please come to the Newcomers Meeting at 7:30 pm. If you are new to Celebrate Recovery, have questions, or just need to get connected, this is the group for you.
We are delighted that you have shown interest in Celebrate Recovery. Our desire here at First Baptist Church is to encourage everyone we are blessed to meet by pointing them to Jesus Christ, the only person through whom wholeness and completeness is found.
Know that you are deeply loved by the God who created you. He desires that you know him and walk with him from day to day. My prayer for you is taken from a book in the Bible called Ephesians, and it says:
"I pray that out of God's glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God" (Eph. 3:16-21).
We are excited about God's transforming love and look forward to the many ways that He will display his power in and through us as we each look to Him.
Warmly in Christ,
Pastor Jon Vermilion
Celebrate Recovery Small Group Guidelines:
- We would ask that personal sharing is focused on one’s own thoughts and feelings. Please limit personal sharing to 3-5 minutes.
- We require that there be NO cross talk. Cross talk is when two individuals engage in conversation excluding all others. We want to foster an environment where each person is free to express his or her feelings without interruptions.
- We are here to support one another, not "fix" one another.
- We understand that anonymity and confidentiality are basic requirements. Therefore, whatever is shared in the group will stay in the group unless someone threatens to injure themselves or others.
- We firmly believe that offensive or rude language has no place in a Christ-centered recovery program. Therefore, we ask that our language be appropriate to whatever situation is being discussed.
We have complied a list of certain things that we are and things that we are not so that you can know exactly what we offer.
- A safe place to share.
- A refuge.
- A place of belonging.
- A place to care for others and be cared for.
- A place where respect is given to each member.
- A place where confidentiality is highly regarded.
- A place to learn.
- A place to demonstrate genuine love.
- A place to grow and become strong again.
- A place for progress.
- A place where you can take off your mask and allow others to know you.
- A place for healthy challenges and healthy risks.
- A possible turning point in your life.
We are not:
- A place for selfish control.
- A place for secrets.
- A place to look for dating relationships.
- A place to rescue or be rescued by others.
- A place for perfection.
- A place to judge others.
- A quick fix.
The 8 RECOVERY Principles:
Realize I'm not God; I admit that I am powerless [in my own strength] to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and my life is unmanageable.
"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.
"Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted" Matthew 5:4
Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ's care and control.
"Happy are the meek" Matthew 5:5
Openly examine and confess my faults to God, to myself, and to someone I trust.
"Happy are the pure in heart" Matthew5:8
Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.
“Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires”
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.
"Happy are the merciful" Matthew 5:7
"Happy are the peacemakers" Matthew 5:9
Reserve a daily time with God for self examination, Bible readings and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.
Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words.
"Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires" Matthew 5:10
12 more Biblical Principles:
- We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behavior. 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 NIV)
- 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 NIV)
- We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills 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 NIV)
- 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 NIV)
- We admitted to God, to urselves 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 NIV)
- 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 NIV)
- We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings.
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9 NIV)
- 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 NIV)
- 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 alter and then remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the alter. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift." (Matthew 5:23-24 NIV)
- 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 NIV)
- We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly." (Colossians 3:16 NIV)
- Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others, and practice these principles in all our affairs.
"Brothers, if someone is caught in sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted." (Galatians 6:1 NIV)