Frequently Asked Questions

 

Who is CR for?

  • CR is for anyone struggling with life.  If you have ever had a hurt, if you have ever had a hang-up in life, or perhaps you have struggled with an addiction, then CR is for you.  We all share one thing in common: hurt.

 

What is CR?

  • We are: a safe place, a refuge, a place of belonging, a place to care for others and be cared for, where respect is given to each member, where confidentiality is highly regarded, a place to learn, to grow and become strong again, where you can take off your mask, a place for healthy challenges and healthy risks, a possible turning point in your life
  • We are NOT: a place of selfish control, therapy, a place for secrets, a place to look for dating relationships, a place to rescue or be rescued by others, a place of perfection, a long-term commitment, a place to judge others, a quick fix.
 
How do I get started?
  • The entry point for Celebrate Recovery is to come to Thursday Night starting at 6 p.m.  After the worship service you are invited to go to a Newcomer 101 meets every Thursday night during small group time at 8:00 pm. All you have to do is show up and we will walk you thru everything. If you are new to Celebrate Recovery, have questions or just need to get connected, this is the group for you!
 

What can I expect?

  • CR is one of the most loving environments you will be a part of.  Everyone here is on the same road as you are, and though your issues may be differing in some ways we all are seeking truth in the same way. This is a safe environment where you can take your mask off and be who you are.
 

Do I have to come for the all four parts on Thursday nights?

  • You are not required to attend all four components of Thursday night (meal, worship service, open sharing, and dessert). You will leave charged and refreshed through the fellowship and spiritual healing. That being said, we know that life happens and simply ask you to attend what is applicable and convenient for you.
 

Does it cost anything to attend?

  • Celebrate Recovery does not charge for this ministry. Free-will offerings are received on Thursday evenings. Our Celebrate Recovery is self-supporting. Workbooks are utilized in the Step Studies and are available at the Green Acers Baptist and LifeWay Bookstores. Prices for these materials range from $6 - $20.

 

 

Is there childcare availble?

  • YES, free childcare is available! And we have the best childcare givers around (if we do say so ourselves).

 

 

What are Small Groups

  • Over 100 times in the Bible it reads “one another.” Love one another, pray for one another, serve one another, etc, etc.  We are not meant to do this on our own. Small groups provide a network of brothers and/or sisters to walk with us on this journey.  There is such healing that takes place in the context of these small groups as the Holy Spirit works in and through our sharing and listening to one another.

 

What are the chips, and why are they important?

  • The chips are simple, round plastic coins that are designed to give each person an opportunity to mark their individual recovery.  If you don’t have an addiction that can be marked by sobriety easily, then we suggest you mark your journey from the day you pick up the blue chip, which is the first chip marking surrender in your life.

 

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. Some might say from bondage to freedom in Christ. Others might say from self-reliance to faith in Christ.

 

Who started Celebrate Recovery?

  • John Baker started Celebrate Recovery with the main purpose of being able to talk about Jesus Christ as his Higher Power.

 

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. Ask yourself... (1) Are there things in my life that I do that hurt others? (2) Is there something I wish I could live without? (3) Is it time to crack my denial and admit I am not in control of my life? (4) Do I have a painful habit or hang-up 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.

 

Is Celebrate Recovery confidential?

  • Yes, Celebrate Recovery maintains strict confidentiality. This promotes an atmosphere of trust and enables recovery. We have a saying that is repeated in every Large Group meeting : WHO you see here. WHAT you hear here. WHEN you leave here. STAYS HERE. Hear! Hear! We are diligent about confidentiality and anonymity. The guidelines/rules protect all of us from judgment and being “fixed”. In a “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 Faith Baptist Church?

  • 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/or do not attend Faith Baptist Church. You are welcomed by our loving fellowship of believers to visit with us on any of our additional services.

 

What is a Step Study?

  • The Step Study takes place on a night other than Thursday. Celebrate Recovery uses the Twelve Steps and its related Scripture as the biblical model for living your life. A Step Study is a personal journey though each of these steps in a confidential group lead by a facilitator who has completed a study. We use Celebrate Recovery's four participants books. When you finish the study you will have worked your hurts, habits, and hang-ups through each step. A Step Study is a long-term commitment to the members of the group. After completing the Step Study, we hope you will join with us as we minister to others dealing with their hurts, habits and hang-ups. We do have guidelines for the groups that are strictly followed.

 

Do I have to share?

  • In the Open Share Groups, absolutely not . . . until you are ready. You can pass anytime you wish and for as long as it takes for you to become comfortable. In the Step Studies everyone is required to share as the questions are answered.

 

What if I can't make it every week?

  • You are welcome to come when you can for worship, large group and small groups. However if you join a Step Study, you are expected to come each week until you complete it. As with any endeavor, the more effort you put into Celebrate Recovery, the more benefit you will gain.