Celebrate Recovery

UPDATE.....we will be suspending Celebrate Recovery for an undetermined length of time.  




Every Friday Evening at the First United Methodist Church of Stuart


Large Group Meeting: 7:00pm

Small Group Meetings: 8:00pm



What Is Celebrate Recovery?


The purpose of Celebrate Recovery is to encourage fellowship and to celebrate God's healing power in our lives as we work our way along the road to recovery.


By working through the 12 Steps and 8 Principles of Celebrate Recovery, we grow spiritually and we are freed from our hurts, habits and hang-ups. Thus, freedom creates peace, serenity, joy and most important, a strong relationship with others and with our personal, loving and forgiving Higher Power, Jesus Christ.


This is achieved through praise, worship, informative lessons, personal testimonies, fellowship and small groups.


Large Group Meeting: 7:00pm - 8:00pm

- Worship & Praise

All women and men participants meet together

No obligation to shareWorship, readings and announcements

Teaching, testimony, special guest speakers

Close with Serenity Prayer and offering

8:00pm - Dismiss to Small Group meetings (women meet in the church choir room, men meet in the church lounge)


Small Group Meeting: 8:00pm - 8:45pm


Recovery issue specific

Gender basedMeeting is always open to new comers

Group guidelines facilitated

Sharing is on focus topic question

Meet Accountability Partners

Find a Recovery Sponsor

Acknowledge sobriety with sobriety chips

Encourages further working of the 12 Steps

Dismiss 8:45pm fellowship cafe


Things to Know:

What brought you here did not happen overnight; unfortunately it won't go away overnight. Recovery from your hurts, habits and hang-ups is going to take some work on your part. But remember, you don't have to do it alone.


Healing begins by applying the Principles found in the 12 steps of recovery...Surrender, Hope, Commitment, Honesty, Truth, Willingness, Humility, Reflection, Confession, Restitution, Prayer, Meditation and Service.


Celebrate Recovery is for anyone - no matter where you are in your walk with God (seeker, non-believer or a believer in Christ). Feel free to ask questions.


Celebrate Recovery is for everyone age 18 & up (please ask about programs for those under age 18).


We find it helpful to supplement our Friday night attendance with our other recovery meetings, care groups, church and/or a Step Study Group.


Remember to H.A.L.T.! - Be careful not to get to Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired.


Things to Do:


Attend a Small Group meeting next week and get connected

Stay after the Small Group for fellowship at the Cafe

Start looking for an Accountability Partner or Sponsor to assist you on your journey

Visit the Literature/Resource Table

Jump in and serve as soon as you can...Greeting, dinner team, etc

Come back at least 6-7 times before you make a decision if Celebrate Recovery is for you


Things to Read/Listen to:

Purchase a recovery Bible, Participants Guide & Journal as soon as you are able

Pick up some literature for YOUR area of recovery and start studying it

Read about what a Sponsor and/or Accountability Partner is.

Check out and visit the Celebrate Recovery meeting list - the official website is www.celebraterecovery.com


Things to Do Daily:

Pray to God in the morning and ask for His Guidance throughout the day

Read Good literature. The Holy Bible, Recovery books, become informed, gain hope and be inspired

Connect with someone in recovery

Go to a meeting, small group, church

Pray in the evening and thank God for helping you with your recovery


Prayer for Serenity

God grant me the serenityto accept the things I cannot change:

courage to change the things I can;

and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;

Enjoying one moment at a time;

Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;

Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world

as it is, not as I would have it;

Trusting that He will make all things right

if I surrender to His Will;

That I may be reasonably happy in this life

and supremely happy with Him

Forever in the next.


Reinhold Niebuhr


Eight Recovery Principles based on the Beatitudes

by Pastor Rick Warren


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"


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"


Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ's care and control.

"Happy are the meek"


Openly examine and confess my faults to God, to myself, and to someone I trust.

"Happy are the pure in heart"


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"


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"


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.


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"


--All scripture quoted from the New International Version.

Sunday Worship Services

Contemporary Service 9:30 am

Traditional Service 11 am

“Making disciples of Jesus Christ

for the transformation of the world”

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