The Origin of Celebrate Recovery Potosi-
Celebrate Recovery of Potosi began as a dream by Kayla and Kevin Smith. Their journey to Celebrate Recovery was a difficult and painful one.… They each had a strong desire to help others who had suffered as they have. With God’s strength and direction they were blessed to have found others within the church who were also struggling. God has since brought together a group of people with a strong desire to serve Christ and help their community. Shane and Christy Pashia joined Kevin and Kayla in their journey and together they are the TEAM of Celebrate Recovery Potosi. God has blessed this program and brought many wonderful people into the remaining leadership roles. The CR team do not just organize and facilitate the ministry, but have true testimonials to the continued healing that Celebrate Recovery can offer. The program has already worked wonders in bringing peace to our lives, please join us in giving you the tools to do the same in yours!
The Origin of Celebrate Recovery-
Celebrate Recovery is a biblical and balanced program that helps us overcome our hurts, hang-ups, and habits. It is based on the actual words of Jesus rather than psychological theory. 25 years ago, Saddleback Church launched Celebrate Recovery with 43 people. It was designed as a program to help those struggling with hurts, habits and hang-ups by showing them the loving power of Jesus Christ through a recovery process. Celebrate Recovery has helped more than 17000 people at Saddleback, attracting over 70% of its members from outside the church. Eighty-five percent of the people who go through the program stay with the church and nearly half serve as church volunteers. First Baptist Church of Potosi is proud to be launching this program for our community!
What everyone wants to know about Celebrate Recovery…
When is it?
- Every Friday night
- Dinner is at 6pm, it is free to everyone attending, but you do not have to come. We would love to have the opportunity to fellowship with you before CR starts!
- Large groups start at 7pm
- Small groups start at 8pm.
How much does it cost to attend Celebrate Recovery?
- Free!!! We don’t charge to help our community! Our ministry gladly accepts donations to help with the cost of food and supplies, but there is no obligation to give anything.
I have children, and don’t have a babysitter, will it be alright to bring them with me?
- Absolutely! We have a nursery for children 0-4, Celebration Place for ages 5-11, and The Landing for 12-18 years old. Celebration Place and the Landing are structured in a way that allows children to learn about how to deal with their own hurts, habits, and hang-ups.
What will be happening in the large group?
- This is our time of CELEBRATION! Large group starts with some upbeat happy songs of praise! We are not coming here to sulk in our sorrows; we are here to CELEBRATE our Recovery!!! Music is followed by a lesson on one of our 12 recovery principles or a testimony from a fellow Celebrate Recovery member. This is our time to come together as a group to worship Jesus Christ!!!
Do I have to go to a small group?
- No, you do not have to attend a small group if it makes you uncomfortable. You are free to leave at any point in time and are welcome to return whenever you are ready.
What if I do not feel comfortable talking in front of a group of people?
- You do not have to talk if you are not ready or if you do not want to. There is no pressure to speak at any time. Small groups help us all to hear from other people who may be experiencing the same types of hurts that we are. If you do not wish to speak you can simply say “pass” and there will be no pressure or judgment. Talking about your hurts, habits, or hang-ups is very freeing and greatly enhances the recovery process, but this is completely your decision.
I have so many “issues” I don’t know which small group I need to be in?
- We currently only have mixed issues groups. These mixed issues groups incorporate all areas of recovery into one small group. As our ministry grows we will be branching out into more specific recovery topics. You are not forced to choose one area of recovery and stay in that group. Most of our team is able to relate to several different areas of struggle.
I want to talk about my problems, but I don’t feel comfortable talking in front of the opposite sex?
- For safety and the freedom to express ourselves about sensitive topics, men and women will never be in small groups together. Women will attend women’s groups and men will attend men’s groups. This method is very effective and provides the most benefits.
This is a small town, what if I don’t want everyone knowing my business?
- There are very strict rules regarding confidentiality! This is an area we take very seriously. Our group members must feel safe in talking about their problems with the comfort of knowing that whatever is discussed will not leave the room. What is discussed in the room will not leave the room unless there is concern that you may harm yourself or someone else. Issues discussed in small groups are not even discussed between different group leaders. The rules are read at the beginning of each small group meeting so that each member is reminded of their importance.
What if I miss a meeting?
- You can come back at any time!!! We don’t care if you haven’t been here in 6 months we’ll still be excited to see you come back through those doors. It’s never too late to get back on the right track.
What is a “Step Study”?
- Once you have been in Celebrate Recovery and you feel that you are ready for a more in depth road to recovery you can join one of our step study groups. These groups meet on a different night of the week and will give you a more personalized look at where you have been and where you are going. Step studies can be in a small group or a one on one setting.
I don’t personally have any areas that I need recovery, can I come as a support person?
- Everyone is welcome to attend. During small group meetings each person must focus on “I” and “me” statements. You will focus on “how is this issue affecting me?” rather than an attack of another person who has caused you hurt. This helps everyone to receive the full effect of recovery rather than placing blame.