Our weekly Celebrate Recovery service is a ministry for people of all ages and from all walks of life. Our service offers engaging live worship and biblical-based teaching relevant to your circumstances. It is a safe place to overcome your hurts, habits, and hang-ups and find freedom in Jesus Christ. It is our goal to allow you to share your burdens without interruption or advice, and allow healing to begin. What is discussed here stays here. A person can use God’s Word to overcome life’s hindering issues.
We have a place for wounded people. Jesus knows every wound, and He’s not going to waste our pain. Recovery takes time. It reaches and transforms the very roots of our being. When our recovery is centered on the Lord, His transforming power can turn our pain into gladness!
Celebrate Recovery meets every Saturday night at 6:00pm
Optional Open Share groups follow service at 7:00pm
WHAT DO YOU NEED FREEDOM FROM?
Perfectionism/The Need To Control
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Compulsive Sexual Behaviors/Sexual Addiction/Pornography
Phobias/Fears/Insecurities/Failures/Guilt & Shame
Alcoholism/Adult Child of Alcoholic/Minor Child of Alcoholic
Drug Abuse: Illegal, Prescription, and Over the Counter
The program incorporates fellowship, worship, sharing, accountability and step-study groups to help you allow yourself to be healed by God’s transforming power. Life can be hard, but you are NOT alone!
Hi, My name is Linda and I am a grateful believer in Jesus Christ.
I’m certainly not the poster child for Celebrate Recovery, I thought. I’m not a drug addict, an alcoholic, sexually twisted, you name it, I’m not THAT. Or am I the poster child?
After a lifetime of relationship abandonment, either by death or rejection, I had become very good at denial. I kept telling myself that I was fine and kept moving along. Life was good, great 2nd husband, kids and grandkids were wonderful and productive, great job, great church HPN, loving family. All was well. And then the crash came. In 2009 my husband died suddenly and life became very different. But, again I picked up and moved on denying that I hurt. Two years into widowhood, I met a man who was very charming, swept me off my feet and I thought that God had brought him into my life to live out our golden years. In 2011 were were married. Life was good and I was in denial. I chose to overlook a bunch of red flags. In 2014, while on the trip of a lifetime to Europe, I discovered on the first day of a 12 day trip, through a text message I accidentally saw on his phone, that he had been wooing and pursuing an old high school sweetheart in Virginia. Again life crashed. He wanted a divorce. Those golden years turned into ashes. But this time I couldn’t pick up and move on. The pain was overwhelming. I tried to put on that happy face, say that God had pulled me from a dark place AND believe it, but I just couldn’t. I didn't want to live any longer. It was all my fault, the woulda, shoulda, coulda, lie that if I was prettier, younger, smarter, he would have stayed with me, haunted me. I was just not enough. Life was too painful. I didn’t understand it but oh how it hurt. I tried to put on a happy face for everyone AND tried to believe that lie myself, but I would find myself on my knees crying, begging to be released from this pain. Satan is so very clever and was hitting me at my weakest spots, pride, insecurity and self-worth.
But God was always there and was working on me. I ran from Him for a year when He told me to go to the church and volunteer. Volunteer, are you kidding me. I can hardly breathe. I have nothing to offer. Finally, I gave up and went to meet with one of our pastors to discuss where I could be of use. I can put church bulletins together, or answer phones, or some admin work because I had those skills all my life. During that meeting the pastor then asked where my heart was leading me. I told him that my heart was for broken women because I was certainly one. He introduced me to the pastor of Celebrate Recovery. What!!! I am not any of THAT. Oh, I was so good at denial. Well, guess what, I’m not any of that, but I discovered that I am very broken through life’s hurts. The CR pastor asked that I go through the program in order to serve in the ministry and understand the mission of Celebrate Recovery. And after that I’ve had to hold on because what an amazing ride this has been. I discovered that yes I was THAT. I needed the program as much as anyone with any other hurt, habit, hangup, denial, etc. I had to face it. I needed help and God steered me to the place where i could get that help. Satan is clever, but God is good, powerful and amazing. He clearly showed me Satan’s lies through Celebrate Recovery. And I thank Him every day for His amazing grace and goodness. He loves me and he loves you.
I’m not a fluke, I’m an ordinary person broken by life as everyone is. And now I know, I AM the poster child for Celebrate Recovery. If we step back and take a look, everyone one of us is on that poster. Young/old, black/white/red/tan/purple, man/woman, married/single/divorced, fat/ skinny, gay/straight, and on and on. It all hurts and we all have different ways to mask the pain. I believe that Celebrate Recovery is God’s way to lead us to healing and helping. Won’t you join the ride. You’ll never look back.
CR SMALL GROUPS
Our small groups on Saturday nights offer you a safe place to overcome your hurts, habits, and hang-ups with others who are on a mission to do the same!
Celebrate Recovery at Highland Park Church also hosts Celebration Place which is a 52-week complementary children’s resource. While adults explore topics that bring healing and wholeness, kids discover the same truths in age-appropriate ways!
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