The "Celebrate Recovery" program kicked off Friday at Lawrence Wesleyan Church, 3705 Clinton Parkway.
Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered, 12-step program that is open to the community, will continue every Friday night at the church.
There will be a pizza dinner at 6 p.m., and a large-group worship and teaching at 7 p.m. Participants then break into small discussion groups based on gender and whether they are there for a substance-abuse problem or other "hurts, habits or hang-ups."
Celebrate Recovery was founded in 1991 at Saddleback Church in Lake Valley, Calif. Rick Warren, author of "The Purpose Driven Life" and pastor of Saddleback Church, co-wrote the curriculum with John Baker, a recovering alcoholic and member of the church. In the past 14 years, more than 200,000 people have participated in this program from prisons, rescue missions and more than 3,500 churches.
The purpose of Lawrence Wesleyan Church's Celebrate Recovery is to offer fellowship and celebrate God's healing power in our lives through the eight recovery principles found in the Beatitudes and Christ-centered 12 steps.
This experience allows participants to "be changed." By working and applying these biblical principles, participants begin to grow spiritually, becoming free from addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. For more information, go online to www.recovery.com, or call the Lawrence Wesleyan Church office at 841-5446.