eastside christian church

care groups

support groups meet
weekly in person and online

ADDICTIONS/ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS

We all have them. When they begin to control our lives it’s time to get help. Our hurts or hang-ups can lead us into habits that we use as coping mechanisms to deal with the pain, which can include drug or alcohol addiction, but also anger, codependency, love and relationship addiction, disordered eating, control issues, sexual addiction, gambling addiction, and even online shopping addiction. Through vulnerability, transparency, and a surrender to Jesus Christ as our Higher Power, we find freedom.

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, Biblically-based recovery group that helps people address their hurts, hang-ups, and habits. We utilize the 12 Steps, 8 Principles, and the Serenity Prayer to overcome these hurts, hang-ups, and habits. Celebrate Recovery meets weekly, year-round. CLICK HERE to watch this short video to get a glimpse of what you’ll experience your first night at Celebrate Recovery. For more information click on a location near you:

Celebrate Recovery Groups in Anaheim

Celebrate Recovery Groups in Bellflower

Celebrate Recovery Groups in Las Vegas

Celebrate Recovery Groups in Park Rapids

THE 12 STEPS

  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. We made a decision to turn our wills and our lives 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)
  4. 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)
  5. 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)
  6. 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)
  7. We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings. – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
  8. 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)
  9. 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)
  10. 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)
  11. 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)
  12. 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 him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. (Galatians 6:1)

THE 8 RECOVERY PRINCIPLES

Principle 1: Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and my life is unmanageable. “Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor”
Principle 2: Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover. “Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”
Principle 3: Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. “Happy are the meek”
Principle 4: Openly examine and confess my faults to God, to myself, and to someone I trust. “Happy are the pure in heart”
Principle 5: Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects. “Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires”
Principle 6: Evaluate all my relationships; offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others except when to do so would harm them or others. “Happy are the merciful” & “Happy are the peacemakers”
Principle 7: Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible readings and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.
Principle 8: Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words. “Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires”

PRAYER FOR SERENITY

God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time,
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;
taking, as Jesus did,
this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it;
trusting that You will make all things right
if I surrender to Your will;
so that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with You forever in the next.

Amen.

The L.I.F.E. Recovery class is for individuals who battle with sexual addiction as well as those who are affected by a loved one’s sexual addiction. The group incorporates guided curriculum, spiritual discipline, honesty and openness in a small group, and ongoing support in a safe setting for those dealing with sexual brokenness. The ongoing support so critical to the process of transformation comes from the connection of lives through this small group, which involves open, transparent, and accountable connections with fellow strugglers. Choose either the Men’s Group or women’s Group:

LIFE Recovery for Men (Online)

LIFE Recovery for Spouses (Online)

*Please note there is a monthly charge to participate in this program.

Step Study Groups are an essential component of Celebrate Recovery. It is where we study, discuss, and apply the principles and steps of recovery. It is a personal journey through each of the 12 Steps of Celebrate Recovery in a confidential group led by a facilitator.  The step study is where we get into the heart of the program and true healing from life’s hurts, hang-ups, and habits.

 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

 

 

THE 12 CHRIST-CENTERED STEPS

  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. We made a decision to turn our wills and our lives 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)
  4. 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)
  5. 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)
  6. 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)
  7. We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings. – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
  8. 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)
  9. 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)
  10. 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)
  11. 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)
  12. 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 him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. (Galatians 6:1)

RELATIONSHIPS

We are all broken people, designed by God to be in connection with Him and others. Anytime two people come together, conflict can occur. Behavioral theories have suggested that conflict behaviors have important implications for relationships. Destructive conflict behaviors (e.g., criticism, yelling) predicted increased the chances of strained and broken relationships – leading to unforgiveness and divorce. Conflict can be constructive when we do it right; utilizing Christ-like communication practicing grace with truth.

For those who are considering, in the process of, or still reeling from the chaos of divorce.  DivorceCare’s life-changing support groups welcome people and guide them on the path of recovery after separation or divorce. DivorceCare is a safe place where caring people come alongside you as you find healing from the pain of separation or divorce. You’ll find helpful counsel to manage the emotional turmoil and practical tools for decision-making during this stressful season. 

Please choose a campus:

DivorceCare (Anaheim)

DivorceCare (BellFlower)

Divorce Care (Las Vegas)

Divorce Care (Online)

For couples who are on the verge of separation or divorce. This is a 6-week group designed to avert separation or divorce. Relationship Lifeline focuses on the root of each individual’s issues in the relationship.

Problems develop in relationships not because one or both participants stop communicating or stop being intimate, those are just symptoms of the deeper “root” problem; the WHY couples stop communicating or being intimate has to be discovered and dealt with if there is to be any hope of restoration and healing.  

The root problems lie in each individual and usually consist of the baggage they have drug into the relationship or marriage.  Seeking help to find and address these personal issues is the first step to restoring or improving a marriage. 

 

Click HERE for Online Relationship Lifeline Support Group

GRIEF | EMOTIONAL | MENTAL HEALTH

We live in an uncertain world. You don’t have to go it alone. Life in a broken world is filled with loss of all kinds. It can be overwhelming and can propel us in a downward spiral. Unchecked, it will lead us to stress, anxiety, and depression. This is not the life God wants for us. He wants us to lead a joyful, abundant life. We come together to find help, discover hope, and experience healing that only comes from God.

This group is for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. A GriefShare support group is a safe, welcoming place where people understand the difficult emotions of grief. Through this 13-week group, you’ll discover what to expect in the days ahead and what’s “normal” in grief. Since there are no neat, orderly stages of grief, you’ll learn helpful ways of coping with grief, in all its unpredictability—and gain solid support each step of the way.

Choose a group below:

GriefShare (Anaheim)

GriefShare (Bellflower)

GriefShare (Online Thursday)

“Thrive: Living Resilient and Renewed” is an in-depth, step-by-step, course for mental health wellness. The group focuses on chronic stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma. Thrive is designed for those who want an in-depth, step-by-step, whole-health approach that integrates faith + science + tools for mental health wellness (for personal or group use)

Thrive for Men

Disclaimer – Thrive groups are for individuals who struggle with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, and trauma. They are support groups that are intended to work in conjunction with your mental health professional. They are not licensed counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, or therapists. The groups are led by those who have learned to successfully manage their own mental health issues. 

This group is for women who seek emotional healing. The group guides participants through discovering how God’s Word offers hope and healing from tragedies and afflictions such as sexual abuse, domestic violence, abortion, rape, and catastrophic loss. This group studies a variety of different books during the semester to help with their healing process.

Click HERE for online Healing Hearts

  

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support group guidelines

  1. Keep your sharing focused on your own thoughts and feelings.  Limit your sharing to three to five minutes.
  2. There is NO cross talk.  Cross talk is when two individuals engage in conversation excluding all others.  Each person is free to express his or her feelings without interruptions.
  3. We are here to support one another, not “fix” one another.
  4. Anonymity and confidentiality are basic requirements.  What is shared in the group stays in the group.  The only exception is when someone threatens to injure themselves or others.
  5. Offensive language has no place in a Christ-centered recovery group.

Safety, Confidentiality and Accountability

Support Groups provide you a safe place to share your experiences, strengths and hopes with others who are going through the “Principles” in a Christ-Centered program. These groups also provide you a leader who has gone through a similar hurt, hang-up or habit that will facilitate the group as it focuses on a particular topic each week. 

CHILDREN'S PROGRAM



 

Eastside Kid's Program is designed to inspire kids with hope, joy, and happiness while they learn to rely on God.  Helping children discover spiritual truth and healing in age-appropriate ways! Weekly lessons that includes songs, crafts, games, teaching, and free play. Once a month is an opportunity to celebrate birthdays and enjoy a movie night. Giving kids:

  • Hope for all the amazing things God has in store for them.
  • Truths that help them overcome life’s challenges by learning to lean on Jesus.
  • Joy as they embark on a wonderful, year-long journey of impactful experiences, and great conversations.
  • Friendships with other children.
 

we're here for you

Let’s face it: Life can get difficult and complicated. But you don’t have to navigate this season alone. Are you going through a divorce, grieving the loss of a loved one, struggling with an addiction or habit you can’t kick, fighting an illness or chronic pain, struggling with a relationship or seeking mental wellness? We’d love to invite you to join this caring community of people who will walk beside you on your journey to find hope and healing. 

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