We meet every Wednesday in the Chapel at 6:30 p.m.
Large Group from 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Everyone meets together for a time of worship then a testimony or teaching based on the 12 steps and recovery principles.
Open Share Groups from 7:30-8:30 p.m. – Gender-specific groups made up of participants with similar hurts, hang-ups and habits designed for more in-depth sharing of similar struggles. Participants are encouraged to share, but you are welcome to come and not say anything. We use only the Celebrate Recovery© material. No outside material is allowed to be used or shared with the group.
Newcomer’s Meeting from 7:30-8:30 p.m. – If you are new to Celebrate Recovery© or are a visitor, we invite you to attend this meeting after the large group time. You will receive a brief introduction to the program as well as an explanation of our meeting format. Join us here to find out about CR, ask questions and determine if it is a good fit for you.
Solid Rock Cafe at 8:30 p.m. – Time together over coffee after the open share group meeting. This is an excellent place to unwind, relax and get to know others better.
Celebrate Recovery meets at The People’s Church, 828 Murfreesboro Rd. in Franklin, TN.
Inclement Weather Policy – If Williamson County Schools are closed or dismiss early due to inclement weather, Celebrate Recovery will be cancelled that evening.
Childcare – Free for kids from birth–5th grade.
What Is CR?
Celebrate Recovery© is a ministry to hurting people. It is made up of regular people who are on a journey toward wholeness; seeking recovery from and celebrating God’s healing of life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Trained leaders provide safe, confidential, Christ-centered groups where people can grow. They offer their stories as fellow travelers on the journey to healing.
Hurts, Habits and Hangups
You may be thinking that recovery is only for those with alcohol or drug problems. This could not be further from the truth. A hurt, habit or hang-up is anything that hinders your walk with God, including:
Abuse – Physical, Sexual, Emotional
Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families
Loss of Relationship
FAQs About Celebrate Recovery
What is Celebrate Recovery©?
Celebrate Recovery© is a ministry to hurting people. It is made up of regular people who are on a journey toward wholeness, seeking recovery from and celebrating God’s healing of life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups. Trained leaders provide safe, confidential, Christ-centered groups where people can grow. They offer their stories as fellow travelers on the journey to healing.
Who can benefit from Celebrate Recovery©?
Anyone (inside or outside the church) who struggles with the kinds of hurts, habits and hang-ups described on this web site can benefit from CR. Do you struggle with a particular issue that seems to have such strength and power over you that it has prevented you from experiencing any real victory? Have you been secretly hoping for a safe place to share your struggles and get healing? Celebrate Recovery is for you!
What are hurts, habits and hang-ups?
A hurt, habit or hang-up is anything that hinders your walk with God. It postpones or prevents genuine fellowship with Him and your loved ones. For a detailed list of issues, check the Hurts, Habits and Hang-ups page on this web site.
How often does Celebrate Recovery meet?
We meet every week, except the last week of December.
Are the small groups really safe places for me to share my story?
Celebrate Recovery© insists that certain guidelines apply during Open Share Groups and Step Study Groups. The guidelines are distinctive features of the ministry designed to create a safe environment for participants to share.
Do I have to be a member of your church to attend Celebrate Recovery© Meetings?
No. You are not required to attend or be a member of our church. Celebrate Recovery© is a ministry for anyone who is interested in a Christ-centered recovery program.
Do I have to share in the open share or step study groups?
You will never be required to share in the Open Share Groups. You can take as long as you need to feel safe enough to share. In the Step Studies, however, everyone is required to share as the group moves through the questions in the curriculum books.
What if I can’t make it to the meeting every week?
You are welcome to come whenever you can to the Large Group Meeting and Open Share Groups. However, if you join a Step Study, you will be expected to come each week until the curriculum is completed.
Who leads the groups?
Celebrate Recovery© groups are not led by pastors, teachers or counselors. Instead, CR groups are facilitated by compassionate volunteers who have, by the grace of God, walked through a process of recovery from their own hurts, habits and hang-ups.
How does Celebrate Recovery© differ from Alcoholics Anonymous?
Celebrate Recovery© incorporates the 12 steps with a distinctly Christian approach. We also address many more issues than just alcoholism. For a detailed list of issues, check the Hurts, Habits and Hang-ups page on this web site.
What if I don’t have an addiction, but I have been deeply affected by another person’s addictions? Can CR help me?
Yes. Celebrate Recovery© also ministers to people who are affected by others who are battling addiction or some other destructive behavior. You are welcome to join us and gain support and wisdom.
Tools of Recovery
Twelve Steps and Their Biblical Comparisons
- We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable.
I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. Romans 7:18
- We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:13
- We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1
- We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. Lamentations 3:40
- We admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. James 5:16
- We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10
- We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
- We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31
- We made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:23-24
- We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 1 Corinthians 10:12
- We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us, and power to carry that out.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. Colossians 3:16
- Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore them gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Galatians 6:1