Welcome to Celebrate Recovery
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12 step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind. We all have issues that may be interfering with our fellowship with God and others. Therefore, we all qualify! Celebrate Recovery operates as an extension of Houston NW Church and is open to anyone in the community, not just those who attend HNW. Join us as we pursue the freedom of real life in Jesus Christ and celebrate the recovery only He can bring through His people and His Word.
Join us on Thursdays beginning September 19, 2019.
19911 State Hwy. 249
Houston, TX 77070
A typical Thursday at Celebrate Recovery includes:
6:30 pm Meal
- Food & Fellowship in Adult Building Foyer
7:00 pm C|R Worship
- Our weekly “Large Group” meeting in the Adult Building
- Hope and encouragement for our recovery includes Music, Recovery Lesson, and Participant Testimonies
- Casual attire
8:00 pm Open Share Groups
- Gender & issue-specific groups
- Women’s groups meet in the Adult Building classrooms
- Men’s groups meet in the Adult Building classrooms
- Share Groups are an opportunity to share with others who are struggling with similar issues.
9:00 pm Solid Rock Café
- HNW with coffee and dessert in Adult Building Foyer
- Opportunity to meet and connect with others in recovery
HEALING FOR LIFE’S HURTS, HANG-UPS, AND HABITS.
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program that helps us deal with life’s “hurts, hang-ups, and habits.” Healing takes place among a network of brothers and/or sisters, making a small group experience an essential part of Celebrate Recovery. We have small groups for children, and adults and all work through the same 12-step curriculum, based on the 8 recovery principles found in the Beatitudes.
FOSTERING LIFE CHANGE
Celebrate Recovery exists to see life-change in the people of Northwest Houston.
OUR STORY: CELEBRATE RECOVERY
Celebrate Recovery is a Biblical and balanced program that helps us overcome our hurts, hang-ups, and habits. It is based on the actual Words of Jesus taken from Matthew chapter 5. HNW believes in providing a place for the broken to come and face the pain in their lives. Because of this, HNW elders passionately support Celebrate Recovery and the practical principles that designed to help others find authentic relationship with Jesus Christ.
Celebrate Recovery operates as an extension of Houston Northwest Church, and is a unique congregation focused on healing. Learn more about Houston Northwest Church
Healing takes place among a network of brothers and sisters, which is why small groups are such an essential part of Celebrate Recovery.
Whatever the hurt, hang-up, or habit might be, people honestly working through the material in these step-study groups are able to form strong bonds and support teams, find accountability partners, sponsors, and friends through sharing and caring. Most importantly, they can be freed from the shame, guilt and pain of their issues by learning to let go and let God take over – one day at a time!
The entry point for Celebrate Recovery is to come on Thursday Night starting at 7:00pm. After the worship service, we will ask you to attend Celebrate Recovery Orientation for your first meeting. This will give you a feel for what to expect in a Thursday night Open Share Group, as well as in our Step-Study Groups that meet during the week. All you must do is show up, and we will walk you through everything.
These one-hour meetings on Thursday nights are an overflow from the worship time. Many things we hear in the worship service strike something in our heart, and it is good to share those with other friends. These groups are gender and issue specific. If there is not a group for your specific issue, then feel free to go to our “Hurts, Hang-ups, and Habits” open share group.
Note: Anyone can go into any group of the same gender and share whatever your issues are with others. This is an important part of the recovery journey, but make sure to follow the “5 Guidelines” during open sharing.
- Hurts, Hang-ups, and Habits (General Issues)
- Chemical Dependency
- Hurts, Hang-ups, and Habits (General Issues)
- Chemical Dependency
Step-study groups are held during the week, and meetings last 2 hours. Men and women, separated by gender, work through “The Journey Begins Participant’s Guide Vol 1-4” (based on the 8 principles and their Biblical comparison from Matthew 5), while following the “5 Guidelines for Sharing” during meetings. Groups meet weekly for about 12 months under the gentle and loving guidance of a trained leader and/or co-leader to let Christ help them reveal and deal with issues in their lives that have become heavy baggage.
Whatever the hurt, hang-up, or habit might be, people honestly working through the material in these step study groups are able to form strong bonds and support teams, find accountability partners, sponsors and friends through sharing and caring. Most importantly, they can be freed from the
THE 8 RECOVERY PRINCIPLES
- Principle 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. “Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor”
- Principle 2: Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover. “Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”
- Principle 3: Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. “Happy are the meek”
- Principle 4: Openly examine and confess my faults to God, to myself, and to someone I trust. “Happy are the pure in heart”
- Principle 5: Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects. “Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires”
- Principle 6: Evaluate all my relationships; offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others except when to do so would harm them or others. “Happy are the merciful” & “Happy are the peacemakers”
- Principle 7: Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible readings and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.
- Principle 8: Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words. “Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires”
THE 12 CHRIST-CENTERED STEPS
- We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, 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)
- We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. – For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. (Philippians 2:13)
- We made a decision to turn our wills and our lives 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)
- We 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)
- We 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)
- We 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)
- We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings. – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
- We 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)
- We 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 has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23-24)
- We 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)
- We 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 3:16)
- Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and to 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 also may be tempted. (Galatians 6:1)
Throughout this material, you will notice several references to the Christ-centered 12 steps. Our prayer is that Celebrate Recovery will create a bridge to the millions of people who are familiar with the secular 12 Steps (I acknowledge the use of some material from the 12 Suggested Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous) and in so doing, introduce them to the one and only Higher Power, Jesus Christ. Once they begin that relationship, asking Christ into their hearts as Lord and Savior, true healing and recovery can begin!
WHO IS CELEBRATE RECOVERY FOR?
Celebrate Recovery 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 this ministry is for you. We all share one thing in common: hurt.
WHAT IS CELEBRATE RECOVERY?
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 nights at 6:30. After the worship service, we will ask you to attend Celebrate Recovery Orientation for your first meeting. This will give you a feel for what to expect in the small groups. All you must do is show up and we will walk you through everything.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Celebrate Recovery 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 different 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. We want you to be comfortable, so come as you are.
DO I HAVE TO COME FOR THE FULL 3 hours on Thursday NIGHTS?
While each component of Celebrate Recovery is important, you are not required to attend all four hours on Thursday night. The mealtime before the worship service and coffee/dessert after open share groups are great times to meet others and find accountability partners and sponsors. You will leave charged and refreshed through the HNW and spiritual healing that come in the context of the Thursday night experiences. But we know that each person’s situation is unique and simply ask you to attend what is applicable and convenient for you.
DOES IT COST ANYTHING TO ATTEND?
There is no cost to attend Celebrate Recovery meetings. We do offer a meal on Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 6: 45 pm. There is a small fee if you would like to purchase food. Free-will offerings are received during the large group time, but there is no obligation to give. Workbooks and other resources are utilized in the step study groups offered at other times outside of the Thursday night meetings and are available for purchase on Thursday Nights.
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 THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A “SPONSOR”
AND AN “ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER?”
We cover this topic extensively whenever you join a step study group. However, in short, an accountability partner is anyone that you trust that is on the road with you in life. This person will be one for you to call and check-up with periodically. They can be trusted to point you to truth, to encourage your attendance to meetings, and walk with you on the road to recovery. A sponsor is an accountability partner who has completed the recovery process. Ideally, you want the sponsor to have recovery in issues like your own, so they can relate to you and your journey. All accountability partners and sponsors are to be the same gender.
WHAT IS RECOVERY?
In physical health, recovery refers to the process of moving from illness to wellness. Our hurts, hang-ups, and habits are like an illness and using the tools of Celebrate Recovery we begin to move toward wholeness and healing.
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 take part in a group where love and hope combine with God’s purpose to mend our lives.
Are there things in my life that I do that hurt others? Is there something I wish I could live without? Is it time to admit I am not in control of my life? Do I have a painful hang-up or habit 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.
IS CELEBRATE RECOVERY CONFIDENTIAL?
Yes, Celebrate Recovery maintains strict confidentiality. This promotes an atmosphere of trust and enables recovery. We are diligent about confidentiality and anonymity. The guidelines/rules protect all of us. In a safe place, you can take off your mask and be real and honest without fear. You are in control of when and how much you participate.
DO I HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF HOUSTON NORTHWEST 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 Houston Northwest Church. You are welcomed to visit us at any of our weekend services.
WHAT IS A STEP STUDY?
The Step Study takes place on a night other than Thursdays. Celebrate Recovery uses the Twelve Steps and Eight Recovery Principles and its related Scripture as the Biblical model for living your life. A Step Study is a personal journey through each of these steps in a confidential group lead by a facilitator who has completed a study. We use Celebrate Recovery’s four participant’s books. When you finish the study, you will have worked your hurts, hang-ups, and habits through each step. A Step Study is a long-term commitment to the members of the group. It will typically take 9-12 months to complete the study. After completing the Step Study, we hope you will join us as we minister to others dealing with their hurts, hang-ups, and habits. We do have guidelines for the groups that are strictly followed.
DO I HAVE TO SHARE?
In the Open Share Groups, 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 open share groups. However, if you join a Step Study, you are expected to make every effort to attend each week until you complete it. As with any endeavor, the more effort you put into Celebrate Recovery, the more benefit you will gain.
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