Late last year, my pastor challenged the congregation at Clearbranch UMC to make a difference in our lives and in our community by getting involved in a ministry opportunity. I have always been the type of person who wants to help people, so I decided to give our new Celebrate Recovery ministry a look.
I have to admit, I was a bit naïve to think that I was going to just show up and start helping people change their lives. In fact, I learned so much about myself in the first few weeks that I feel like I am becoming a new person through my participation in the program.
I have made a lot of new friends through this ministry, and this has been a real blessing because I have not been at Clearbranch very long.
One of the leaders, who I am privileged to assist with the men’s chemically dependent small group, said something very profound.
“People often won’t seek help until the pain becomes greater than the fear.”
Celebrate Recovery has dinner, a praise service, small groups, and a café social every Friday night at our church. It is open to anyone with a “hurt, habit, or hang up.”
There are small groups for:
Adult Children of the Chemically Addicted
Anger – Men’s & Women’s Groups
Chemically Dependent – Men’s & Women’s Groups
Codependent – Men’s & Women’s Groups
Codependent Women in a Relationship with a Sexually Addicted Man
Eating Disorders – Women’s Group
Financial Recovery – Men’s & Women’s Group
Food Addiction – Women’s Group
Love and Relationship Addiction – Women’s Group
Sexual Addiction – Men’s & Women’s Group
Women in Recovery from Sexual / Physical / Emotional Abuse
Celebrate Recovery meets every Friday at Clearbranch UMC in Trussville/Argo, AL. Please feel free to join us. Call 205-655-9414 for more information.
Ps – I designed the poster (above)