A Christ-centered recovery ministry for all types of life issues and struggles grew in Allegany County last year but seeks to expand its success in 2019. Celebrate Recovery, offered weekly at three churches and to both men’s and women’s groups at Allegany County Jail, now has the most groups per population of any New York county.
Additional groups started meeting fully last year at:
- 7 p.m. Saturdays at Knights Creek Church, 2987 Knights Creek Road (County Road 9), Scio
- 7p.m. Thursdays at Houghton Wesleyan Church, 9712 State Route 19, Houghton
- 7 p.m. Thursdays at Yorks Corners Mennonite Church, 3350 County Road 29, Wellsville.
- Celebrate Recovery Inside, Allegany County Jail is presented Tuesdays for jail inmates ONLY. Family members and friends are encouraged to let inmates know about this ministry while they attend groups on the outside and learn more about how to assist the incarcerated.
Celebrate Recovery is an international year-around ministry developed over 25 years ago at Saddleback Church in California, pastored by Rick Warren, author of the long-time best-selling book, Purpose Driven Life. Available in nearly 30,000 churches world-wide and more than 380 U.S. jails and prisons, the ministry differs from other 12 Step programs in that it is Christ-centered and Biblically-based but open to individuals of all faith backgrounds. Over 70 percent of beginning Celebrate Recovery participants are not members of host churches and many are without any religious background.
Eight Principles, based on the Beatitudes in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 5:3-10 of the Bible, run parallel to the 12 Steps. Both reflect healing from all types of hurts, hangups, struggles, and destructive habits and behaviors, including common addictions. Many hurts and struggles originate from trauma experienced as a child or young adult.
Celebrate Recovery is seeking additional host churches due to attendee travel constraints. Further information is available from Casey Jones, ministry facilitator, or call (484) 435-0503.