Within the Celebrate Recovery program at each location, the basic framework of the program will look very similar. Listed below are the types of offerings within that framework.
Each Celebrate Recovery Group will have a corporate meeting, one day a week. That meeting will consist of a time of fellowship either before and / or after the meeting. Along with the fellowship there will a Large Group Meeting, and an Open Share Meeting.
Fellowship – Each group does the fellowship time a little different. Some meetings will have a fellowship meal before the start of the Large Group Meeting and some may just have snacks and drinks. Some have an additional fellowship time following the meeting often called, “Solid Rock Cafe.” During these times of fellowship newcomers are welcomed by leaders of the CR Program and are introduced to the program.
Large Group – The Celebrate Recovery Large Group features an extended time of uplifting worship in music to our true “Higher Power” – Jesus Christ. Worship allows us to shift the focus from our problems to the God who can bring serenity and transformation. We explore the recovery principles found in the Beatitudes and the Christ-centered Twelve Steps and we hear amazing “Stories to Celebrate” of those who are receiving victory over their fears, addictions, attitudes, and behaviors.
Open Share Groups – We open the door to change by sharing our experiences, strengths, and hopes with one another. In addition, we become willing to accept God’s grace in solving our life problems. Confidential and anonymous support groups, divided by gender and certain recovery issues, offer a safe place to share and to gain the affirmation and encouragement of others. Together, working the Christ-centered Steps and applying their Biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually. We become free from our hurts; our fears; and our addictive, compulsive, and dysfunctional behaviors. Group Guidelines are strictly followed to ensure that the group is a safe place in which to share openly. This freedom creates peace, serenity, and—most importantly—a stronger personal relationship with God and others.
Step Studies are the heart of the Celebrate Recovery program. This is where the hard work of an individual’s recovery is done. It is the hope of the Celebrate Recovery program that all participants in the program would go through a Step Study at least once.
Step Study Group are gender specific and typically meet on a different night than the Large Group and Open Share Group Meetings. The reasons for this are that the Step Study Group Meetings are typically two hours in length and would take away from the Large Group and Open Share times. The additional day of the week commitment also provides an additional day of accountability for the members of the Step Study Group.
A Step Study Group will go through each step, one by one, together taking as much time as needed to move onto the next step in their recovery. Because of this, a Step Study Group does not have a definitive length of time in which to be completed. The typical time frame for a Step Study Group is between 9 months and a year.