Wishing you a joyous fall season
As a member of Wild Rose United Church, you might be wondering “What is the Celebrate Life Recovery service all about? Who attends and what’s the purpose?”
Nearly 30 years ago Pastor Wayne Lewry saw there was a need to minister to the people who are working to recover from addiction, mental health struggles, trauma and grief. The 12 steps of recovery as originally outlined in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous has been the guiding force for a spiritual path of recovery since 1935.
Today there are over 200 spin-off groups which reapply the 12 steps of recovery to similar life challenges, groups such as:
Al-Anon; support for the family and loved ones of alcoholics and addicts
N.A – Narcotics Anonymous; support for addicts who struggled with chemical addictions
CoDA – Co-Dependents Anonymous; for people working to end patterns of dysfunctional relationships
G.A – Gamblers Anonymous; for those who struggle with compulsive gambling
SLAA – Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous; for those who have compulsive behavior around relationships and sex
Many of these groups hold meeting within Wild Rose United Church, the groups are peer support for fellow strugglers to guide each other through the process of recovery. From first-timer to long-term-sobriety, the groups offer fellowship and support. All of the Anonymous programs offer a spiritual solution to the behavior, they are decidedly agnostic and encourage each member to find their own spiritual path. There are various denominations of spiritual paths who offer A.A meetings, including Buddhist, Pagan, Atheist and Indigenous Spirituality has been applied to a new program called White Bison – Wellbriety.
Celebrate Life Recovery journeys through the 12 steps of recovery through the 12 months of the year. We study the 12 steps by using the teachings of the Bible to in a progressive and inclusive theology to support the recovery process. Some biblical based recovery programs focus on condemnation, and fear-based modes of behavior modification. However, Pastor Wayne knew that wasn’t the God of his understanding.
Together at Celebrate Life Recovery we are living into the promises of the 12-step program, celebrating a Creator who loves us Just as we are, and guides us to a better version of ourselves if we are ready and willing to let Him. We welcome all who feel their lives are touched by addiction, mental health, trauma and grief – as we believe it is through peer fellowship and the guidance of a Loving Creator that we find recovery and healing.
- Celebrate Life Recovery service is every Saturday evening from 5pm with fellowship to follow.
- Potluck fellowship September 8th, October 13th and November 10th – bring a dish to share and a friend!
- Last Saturday of each month – Birthday celebration and gratitude sharing
Freedom’s Path Recovery Society continues to offer professional treatment, 1-on-1 counseling and group learning free-of-charge to those in need. Donations to the charity can be made online and ensure the services remain available to all, so no one slip through the cracks in the system.
David Lewry – Director of the Recovery Ministry is pleased to announce this month we will begin recording a recovery focused Podcast on Saturday evenings following the fellowship gathering.
October 26, 27, 28th Pathway to Freedom – Recovery Workshop tickets are available on Eventbrite