A new 12-step recovery program will launch Jan. 14 in Pratt. Celebrate Recovery is different from other programs, which acknowledge the existence of a higher power; it's specific that Christ is that higher power. Similar to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous groups, it is for anyone that is going through hurts, hang-ups and habits that get in the way of daily life, according to Greg Garrison, ministry director, and Mike Neifert, pastor at Pratt Friends Church.
Celebrate Recovery was established in 1991 at Saddleback Church, a southern California mega-church, by a recovering alcoholic who found that he could not talk to his church group about his struggles to stay sober, nor to his AA group about the power of Christ in his life. The program has expanded to more than 10,000 churches and more than 500,000 individuals.
About 12 people representing various churches in Pratt attended a one-day seminar in Oklahoma City last February, where the process of starting a Celebrate Recovery was presented. Interestingly, many didn't know the others were going. Finding a common need and desire to establish a program, a leadership group began making plans, and have worked through the steps themselves.
It will be a non-denominational group, meeting at the Friends Church every Monday night beginning at 7 p.m. The first hour will be a large group meeting with worship music and a lesson or testimony from someone who has had success in overcoming problems.
The next hour will be devoted to small group sharing, divided at first by male and female. As the group gets larger, divisions will be made according to issues, Garrison said.
Like AA or NA, anonymity is a key to people feeling safe.
Emphasis will be given to taking personal responsibility, not blaming circumstances or other people for problems.
Nearly two dozen Celebrate Recovery programs are operating in Kansas. The average size for Kansas groups is 20. With 12 people on the leadership team, they're hoping for a large group in Pratt.
"We're certainly not trying to compete with AA. We're trying to give a Christ-centered option to those seeking recovery," Neifert said.
An informational meeting for pastors, judges, the county attorney, counselors and others who have the opportunity to refer individuals is being held Jan. 7. Anyone who has questions is welcome to attend.
Q & A for professionals
Monday, Jan. 7, 7 p.m., Pratt Friends Church, at the corner of Maple and Lawrence streets
Large & small group meetings
7-9 p.m. every Monday, including holidays, at Pratt Friends Church
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