Celebrate Recovery

Thursday Nights
Dinner @ 6:30 pm ($3)
Large Group @ 7:00 pm (no cost)
Small Groups @ 7:45 pm (no cost)
Cafe Time @ 8:30 pm
(Cafe Time is an optional time to talk, visit and connect.  Complimentary coffee and dessert is served)

Meetings are held at First Baptist Church of Winder. 
Come upstairs to Level Three,
we meet in the Youth Center.

For more information about the Celebrate Recovery groups at FBC-Winder, you can email Jim at CR@fbcwinder.com.

About Celebrate Recovery from Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church:

The Bible clearly states "all have sinned."  It is my nature to sin, and it is yours too.  None of us is untainted.  Because of sin, we’ve all hurt ourselves, we’ve all hurt other people, and others have hurt us.  This means each of us need repentance and recovery in order to live our lives the way God intended.

You’ve undoubtedly heard the expression that "time heals all wounds."   Unfortunately, it isn’t true.  As a pastor I frequently talk with people who are still carrying hurts from 30 or 40 years ago.  The truth is – time often makes things worse.  Wounds that are left untended fester and spread infection throughout your entire body.  Time only extends the pain if the problem isn’t dealt with.

This recovery program is forward-looking.   Rather than wallowing in the past, or dredging up and rehearsing painful memories over and over, Celebrate Recovery focuses on the future.  Regardless of what has already happened, the solution is to start making wise choices now and depend on Christ’s power to help me make those changes.

This recovery program emphasizes personal responsibility.  Instead of playing the "accuse and excuse" game of victimization, this program helps people face up to their own poor choices and deal with what they can do something about.  We cannot control all that happens to us.  But we can control how we respond to everything.  That is a secret of happiness.  When we stop wasting time fixing the blame, we have more energy to fix the problem.  When you stop hiding your own faults and stop hurling accusations at others, then the healing power of Christ can begin working in your mind, will, and emotions.

This recovery program emphasized spiritual commitment to Jesus Christ.  The 3rd principle calls for people to make a total surrender of their lives to Christ.  Lasting recovery cannot happen without this step.  Everybody needs Jesus.  Celebrate Recovery is thoroughly evangelistic in nature. 

This recovery program utilizes the biblical truth that we need each other in order to grow spiritually and emotionally.   It is built around small group interaction and the fellowship of a caring community.  There are many therapies, growth programs, and counselors today that are built around one-on-one interaction.  But Celebrate Recovery is built on the New Testament principle that we don’t get well by ourselves.  We need each other.   Fellowship and accountability are two important components of spiritual growth.  

This recovery program addresses all types of habits, hurts and hang-ups.  Some recovery programs deal only with alcohol or drugs or another single problem.  But Celebrate Recovery is a "large umbrella" program under which a limitless number of issues can be dealt with.   At Saddleback Church, only one out of three who attend Celebrate Recovery are dealing with alcohol or drugs.  We have dozens of other specialized groups too.


Click HERE to go to the Celebrate Recovery official web site.