Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery

How Often Does Celebrate Recovery Meet?

Meets at Hiram First Baptist Church every Monday Evening (Except for Holidays) @ 7:00pm. Open Share Meetings/Gender Specific @ 7:30pm

Also meets at Paulding County Jail every Thursday Morning @ 9:00am & 1:00pm for Men and 10:30am for Women.

What is Celebrate Recovery?

Celebrate Recovery is a program to provide fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the “8 Recovery Principles” and “12 Step Recovery Program.” This experience allows us to “be changed”. By working and applying these Biblical principles  we begin to grow spiritually, and we become free from our addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others. As we progress through the program we discover our personal, loving and forgiving Higher Power – Jesus Christ — the one and only true Higher Power.

How Did Celebrate Recovery Start?

John Baker, a believer who struggled with addictive tendencies, found help through a secular recovery program and began the healing process. He quickly became frustrated when he found he was not allowed to refer to his personal Higher Power, Jesus Christ. He presented a plan to start a Christian 12 Step recovery program to his pastor, Rick Warren at the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. Pastor Rick said, “Do it!” John did and Celebrate Recovery was born almost twenty years ago.

What Is Recovery?

In the physical, health recovery refers to the process of moving from illness to wellness. Our hurts, habits and hang-ups are like an illness. Using the tools of Celebrate Recovery we begin to move toward wholeness. Some might say from bondage to freedom in Christ. Others might say from self reliance to faith in Christ.

Is There A Cost For Celebrate Recovery?

Celebrate Recovery does not charge for the ministry. Workbooks are utilized in some aspects of the programs and donations are accepted for these books.

Is Celebrate Recovery Confidential?

Yes, Celebrate Recovery maintains strict confidentiality. This promotes and atmosphere of trust, facilitates growth and enables recovery. Who is in the meeting and what is said in the meeting, stays in the meeting.

Who Are The Leaders of Celebrate Recovery?

The leaders of Celebrate Recovery are men and women who have gone through similar addictions, hurts, hang-ups and harmful behaviors and have been through this or a similar recovery program. The leaders are not counselors and do not offer any professional clinical advice. If professional advice is required, referrals may be made.

What Types of Issues Are Dealt With At Celebrate Recovery?

A wide variety of hurts, hang-ups and harmful behaviors are represented at Celebrate Recovery. Examples include dependency on alcohol or drugs, pornography, the need to control anger, co-dependency, fear of rejection, fear of abandonment, perfectionism, broken relationships, divorce, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), nicotine, financial recovery, death of loved-one, sexual abuse and other hurts, hang ups and habits.

Do I Have To Be A Member of Hiram First Baptist Church To Attend?

No, Celebrate Recovery is a ministry outreach 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. Many attendees are not members of HFBC.

Is Childcare Available?

Yes, childcare will be provided from 6:30pm to 8:30pm each Monday.

Do Men & Women Meet Together?

We all meet together for the worship time and large group meeting and then dismiss into Open Share groups. All small group meetings are gender-specific.

What Is The Difference Between Open Share & Step Study Groups?

Open Share: These groups are organized by gender and focus on many types of hurt and habits. You are not required to share in the discussion in these groups. You can pass anytime you wish and for as long as it takes for you to become comfortable with participating in the discussion.

Step Study: A Step Study group is a personal journey through the spiritual steps in a confidential group led by a facilitator. There are specific workbooks that are used to complete the study. When you finish the study, you will have worked your hurts, habits and hang-ups through each step. A Step Study is a long-term commitment to the members of the group. In the Step Studies everyone is encouraged to share in the discussion as the questions are asked.

How Is Celebrate Recovery Different From Other 12 Step Programs?

At Celebrate Recovery our Higher Power is Jesus Christ and the Word of God is our authority. Our Step Study guidebooks refers to Scripture references for instructions.

How Do I Get Started?


The Road to Recovery
Based on the Beatitudes

Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable. (Step 1)

“Happy are those who know that they are spiritually poor.”

Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that He has the power to help me recover. (Step 2

“Happy are those how mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. (Step 3)

“Happy are the meek.”

Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust. (Steps  4 and 5)

“Happy are the pure in heart.”

Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects. (Steps 6 and 7)

“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 when possible, except when to do so would harm them or others. (Steps 8 and 9)

“Happy are the merciful.”

“Happy are the peacemakers”

Reserve a time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will. (Steps 10 and 11)

Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and my words. (Step 12)

“Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.”