Celebrate Recovery

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Do you have a hurt in your life that is robbing you of peace? Do you have a habit that is crippling your life and relationships?

You are not alone.

We live in a broken world that is full of temptations, hurts, and many opportunities to just "tune out." As a result, we all have been wronged, have responded wrongly to the wrong done to us and have created unhealthy ways for handling life. If you are trying to cover up pain in your life but it leads to more pain and emptiness, maybe it's time for you to consider a different path. Celebrate Recovery (CR) exists as the safe place to share and find help and freedom from our hurts, habits and hang ups. CR is where we come as we are, regardless of our struggles.

Celebrate recovery meets weekly at 7pm on Thursday nights.

Contact

Ask any questions you have. 856-235-1697

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Time

Celebrate Recovery meets every Thursday at 7pm.

Location

Fellowship Community Church - 1520 Hainesport Rd., Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

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Meeting Schedule

Celebrate Recovery is for men and women 18 years old and up. You don’t need to be a member of FCC to attend Celebrate Recovery! We meet every Thursday night throughout the year at 7pm.

  • 7:00-8:00 p.m. – Large Group Session. Everyone meets together for a time of worship then a teaching or a testimony in the large room. There is no pre-registration or sign-ups.
    • Celebrate Recovery 101 for Newcomers meets immediately following the Large Group Session.
  • 8:00-9:00 p.m. – Gender Specific Open Share Groups. This is the time to break into recovery specific groups. Meet others with similar hurts, hang-ups and habits.
  • 9:00-10:00 p.m. – Solid Rock Cafe. Held after Open Share Groups. This is a great time to fellowship with others. Please join us for refreshments and dessert.
    • ​​Is childcare available? Unfortunately, CR is unable to offer childcare of any kind at this time.​
What Is Celebrate Recovery?

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered ministry designed to help hurting people. It is made up of people like you and me, who are on a journey toward becoming whole; seeking recovery from and celebrating God’s healing of life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups. Trained leaders provide safe, confidential, Christ-centered groups where people can grow. Leaders offer their stories as fellow travelers on the journey to healing.

At Celebrate Recovery we believe that change is possible by the power of Jesus, our Higher Power through this Biblical program based on the Beatitudes in the book of Matthew 5:1-12.

Celebrate Recovery is for anyone with a willingness to be honest about their life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups and is willing to open their life to healing and change.

​Celebrate Recovery
 is a recovery ministry based on Biblical principles with a goal to let God work through us in providing His healing power. This allows people to be “changed” spiritually by working through sound Biblical principles and steps.  Participants share their experiences, strengths, and hopes with one another. In addition, they become willing to accept God’s grace and forgiveness in solving life’s problems.

Celebrate Recovery provides a safe place for us to begin our journey of breaking out of bondage and into God’s grace as we walk the recovery road and deal with our life’s hurts, hang-ups, and habits.

What Is A Hurt, Habit or Hangup?

A hurt, habit or hang-up is something in you or your life that hinders your walk with God and others.

  • The feeling of being hurt is an emotional reaction to another person’s behavior or to a disturbing situation. (Abuse, abandonment, codependency, divorce, relationship issues, etc.)
  • A habit is an addiction to someone or something. (Alcoholism, drugs, food, gambling, sex, shopping, smoking, etc.)
  • Hang-ups are negative mental attitudes that are used to cope with people or adversity. (Anger, depression, fear, unforgiveness, etc.)
​We walk through the pain of this life together as we follow Christ. We are all still recovering from hurt and pain. Our current or past struggles are no longer hidden but are now front and center as we pray for eyes to see what's hindering our walk with God. You will hear participants introduce themselves as believers in Christ who struggle with their area of recovery. Our true identity is not found in our weaknesses or struggles, but is found in our Higher Power, Jesus Christ.

Celebrate Recovery Small Groups

CR Small Groups will:
Provide you a safe place to share your experiences, strength, and hopes with others who are going through the Road to Recovery “Principles” and 12 steps.
Provide you a leader who has gone through a similar hurt, hang-up or habit that will facilitate the group. The leader will also keep Celebrate Recovery’s “Five Small Group Guidelines.”
Provide you with the opportunity to find a sponsor or accountability partner.
Encourage you to attend other recovery meetings held throughout the week​

Compulsive Behaviors and Addiction - men

This group is for individuals who find that an addictive or compulsive behavior has taken control of their lives. Join us as we share the hope and freedom that Jesus Christ, our Higher Power, has given us to overcome these life struggles.

Sexual Struggles & Integrity - men

This is a group for men seeking recovery from lust and compulsive sexual behaviors. It provides a safe place to share struggles, pain and victories, and helps to establish account-ability and mutual support among the group members through-out the week.

Anger and Co-dependency - men

This group is for those who find that anger is their first response to life’s problems by seeking approval, affirmation and control. This group focuses on directing a God-given emotion constructively and learning new ways to manage relationships.

Addiction and Compulsive Behaviors - women

This group is for women who struggle with addiction or a life controlling behavior as their first response to life’s issues. Providing a safe place to share their struggles without judgment while walking the path of recovery together.

Co-Dependency - women

This group is for women who struggle with the need to please others at their own expense, values, desires or sense of worth. Fear is a driving force in their lives, leading to feelings of insecurity and hopelessness. Participants learn how to express their own feelings and needs in healthy ways and discover their identity in Christ.

Abuse (Physical, Emotional, Sexual, Domestic Violence) - women

This group is for women who have experienced or are currently experiencing any kind of abuse in their relationships. Providing a safe place to share and find support. Recovery includes healing from the trauma done to us, as well as healing from the influence that these past experiences continue to have in our lives.

Women in Relationship With the Addicted - women

The group addresses the family problem of addiction, whether past or present. This environment made us “co-victims”, those who take on the characteristics of the addict without necessarily ever taking a drink, or using. Choosing to recognize and exit the modeled behaviors is the beginning of our recovery.

The Road to Recovery

​THE 12 STEPS & THEIR BIBLICAL COMPARISONS
  1. 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
  2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.“ For it is God who is at work in you to will and act according to His good purpose.” Philippians 2:13
  3. Made a decision to turn our life and our will 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
  4. 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
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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 altar and there remember that your brother had something against you, leave your offering there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24 NIV
  10. 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
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and power to carry that out. “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly.” Colossians 3:16a NIV
  12. Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and practice these principles in all our affairs. “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you may also be tempted.” Galatians 6:1 NIV
8 RECOVERY PRINCIPLES
  1. Realize I’m not God, I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and my life is unmanageable.(Step 1)
  2. Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover. (Step 2)
  3. Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.(Step 3)
  4. Openly examine and confess my fault to God, to myself, and to another person whom I trust. (Step 4&5)
  5. Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants to make in my life.(Step 6&7)
  6. Evaluate all my relationships, offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others when possible, without expecting any reward.(Steps 8&9)
  7. Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and gain the power to do it.(Steps 10&11)
  8. Yield myself to be used by God to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words. (Step 12)

Meet the Leaders

Pastor Ben Willey

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