Celebrate Recovery is a 12 step Christ Centred Recovery programme which aims to encourage people to address their hurts, hang ups and habits – depression, low self esteem, anger, co-dependency, addictions. ….
WE meet in the Hub – Gilmerton church, Ravenscroft Street (opposite the post office) every Thursday, 52 weeks a year with some adjustment for Christmas
The teaching evenings always have the same format – doors open at 7 for welcome and a cup of tea or coffee, the session begins at 7.30. It’s a 25 week cycle – people can come along any week, they do not have to begin at the beginning! Every session begins going through the 8 principles of Celebrate Recovery (see website or facebook) and focussing on the steps which embrace that principle, followed by a short teaching session. Then there is a short break after which the women go in to one group and the men another for a time of ‘open-sharing’. This is not a place for ‘fixing’. The programme encourages folk to work on or look towards writing up in some form a personal inventory which they can work on with an accountability partner or sponsor. Admittedly not many have reached this stage, but it is what we are hoping for so we can really begin to address our hurts, hang ups and habits. From my own experience, I would judge it to be a safe, supportive, un pressured, non judgemental environment. People drop in and out of CR. We have had as many as 35 attending – many more on testimony nights. But there is a regular core of 15-20. No formal referral is necessary – any one can walk through the door.
The last Thursday of every month we start with a shared meal at 7 followed by someone sharing the story of their journey to recovery. In May 2015 we are planning to offer food every Thursday.
Recently we started a new project in partnership with Teen Challenge. This is at the High Rises at Moredum/Little France with the Teen Challenge converted prison van and we will be there as a ‘drop in’ – folk can just drop in to the van for a cup of tea and a chat. Watch this space! Who knows the next step for some might be to come along to check out CR. Or they might want to come along to the community lunch that takes place in the Tron Church, run by Grow Stronger/Transition Edinburgh south on a Tuesday 11.30 to 2.30.
Date for you Diaries Thursday 26 March May Nicolson from Govan author of Miracles from Mayhem