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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. 

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. For more information choose either Anaheim or Bellflower:

Celebrate Recovery Groups in Anaheim

Celebrate Recovery Groups in Bellflower

 

SCHEDULE:

6 PM – Dinner and fellowship
7 PM – Large group (worship followed by a teaching or testimony)
8 PM – Breakout groups (gender and issue specific)
9 PM – After hours cafe and fellowship

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.

LIFE HEALING CHOICES is for those who wish to make better life choices. This group studies and applies the 8 principles of recovery. Choose either Las Vegas or Park Rapids:

Life’s Healing Choices Group in Las Vegas

Life’s Healing Choices Group in Park Rapids

 

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”

 

L.I.F.E. (Living in Freedom Everyday) is for people 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)

Steps Study Groups are a component of Celebrate Recovery. It is a personal journey through each of the 12 Steps of Celebrate Recovery in a confidential group led by a facilitator who has completed a study.  The step study is where we get into the heart of the program and true healing from life’s hurts, hang-ups, and habits. Choose a Men’s Group or Women’s Group:

The Journey Continues for Women (Anaheim)

Step Study Group for Men (Bellflower)

Step Study Group for Women (Bellflower)

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)

What is sobriety?

Sobriety generally means abstaining from addictive behaviors. While there are some differences depending on the specific addiction, which we’ll discuss below, we have found certain common elements to our recoveries.

True sobriety is more than just physical abstinence from a substance or behavior. We learn to turn our wills and our lives over to God. We learn to give back to others through service. We find that we can only keep what we have by giving it away to others who struggle as we have.

Sobriety is also learning to overcome our character defects which contributed to our addictions. In sobriety, we learn to overcome our insecurity, inadequacy, selfishness, fear, jealousy, anger, hurt and self-pity. We learn to take a daily inventory, and when we have acted wrongly, we promptly correct the situation.

We learn that isolation is not conducive to sobriety. Therefore, we stay connected to others by attending meetings, talking regularly to our sponsor and accountability partners.

No matter what the addiction, we have found these things in common. But because we chose to act out in different ways, we define our sobriety specific to our particular addictions.

Alcohol/Drug Sobriety
 Chemical sobriety means we abstain from mood-altering chemicals, including alcohol, illicit drugs, and the use of prescription medications in ways other than as prescribed and monitored by a physician.

Sexual Sobriety
 Sobriety means we do not have any form of sexual contact with ourselves or anyone but our spouse. Internal sobriety means that we do not intentionally seek out sexually explicit material in any form, nor intentionally place ourselves in tempting situations. When confronted with temptation, we do not yield to it, but surrender the situation to the Lord by praying for His power to resist and/or flee.

Food Sobriety
 Addictions to food may take a number of forms, including anorexia, bulimia, compulsive overeating, and/or eating solely for emotional comfort. Obviously, unlike addiction to mood-altering chemicals, we cannot abstain from eating. Therefore, sobriety as it relates to food addictions and unhealthy eating patterns means that we follow an eating plan that is worked out with our sponsor. This plan may be different for different people. For example, sobriety may be defined as not binging and/or purging, or as not eating beyond a certain quantity of food as defined in one’s eating plan. For most, food sobriety includes not eating over emotional issues, but rather facing and dealing with emotions directly.

Co-dependency Sobriety
 Sobriety from co-dependent behavior is more subtle than other areas where there is a specific behavior from which we abstain. In co-dependency, we find that our self-worth is based on other people, and that we have tried to manipulate, control and fix others so that we could feel good about ourselves. For the co-dependent, then, sobriety is mindfully pursuing changes in the way we think and interact with others in our lives. This is measured by progress, not perfection, for it takes a great deal of time and effort to change these patterns of thinking and interacting. We seek to anchor our self-worth in Jesus Christ, not the opinions of others. We seek to break the cycle of controlling, fixing, and nagging, instead allowing others to experience the natural and logical consequences of their behaviors.

Co-dependency to a Sexual Addict (COSA) Sobriety
COSA sobriety is closely related to co-dependency sobriety, with the specific criterion that the object of our co-dependency is a sex addict, who may or may not be in recovery. In COSA sobriety, we seek to neither control nor ignore the behavior of the sex addict, and maintain healthy personal boundaries. As with co-dependency sobriety, we stop accepting the self-blame for the sex addict’s behavior, and release the sex addict by not rescuing or fixing.

How do I get started?
The entry point for Celebrate Recovery is to come on Friday Night starting at 7:00pm. Or come at 6:00pm for our optional dinner. After the worship and large group meeting, we will ask you to attend Celebrate Recovery Orientation called “101” for your first meeting. This will give you a feel for what to expect in a Friday night Open Share Group, as well as in our optional Step-Study Groups that meet during the week. All you must do is show up, and we will walk you through everything.

 

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. This group is a 13-week study on how to heal from separation and divorce. Please choose a campus:

Divorce Care (Anaheim)

Divorce Care (BellFlower)

Divorce Care (Online)

Divorce Care (Park Rapids) 

RELATIONSHIP LIFELINE SUPPORT GROUP
For couples who are on the verge of separation or divorce.
This is a 6-week group designed to avert separation or divorce. Meet on Fridays at 7pm
Relationship Lifeline (Online)

 

THE THIRD OPTION SUPPORT GROUP
For those who are experiencing relational conflict in their lives.
This group meets for 14 weeks studying and applying the principles of constructive conflict and communication. Meeting on Fridays at 7pm
The Third Option (Anaheim) 

 

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS – For women who seek self care. This group studies the book “Boundaries” written by John Townsend and Henry Cloud.
Meetings are online Tuesdays at 7pm (PT).
Boundaries Group (Online)

 

HEALING HEARTS –  is for women who seek emotional healing and to learn about healthy boundaries.
This group studies a variety of different books during the semester to help their healing process.
Meetings are online Tuesdays mornings at 9:30am (PT).
Healing Hearts (Online)

grief | mental health ISSUES

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.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUPS – For those battling cancer, their caregivers, and survivors of cancer. The group checks in, reads and discusses a 52-week devotional called “Cancer Warriors” and prays for one another. Please choose either Anaheim or Online group:

Cancer Support (Anaheim)

Cancer Support Group (Online)

GRIEFSHARE –  For those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. This group is a 13-week study on how to heal from and manage grief.  This group helps you apply biblical principles to the healing process after the death of a loved one. Throughout the videos and workbook, participants see how the gospel brings hope and restoration. Please choose a campus or option below:

Beyond GriefShare for women (Online)
Grief Share (Anaheim)
Grief Share (Bellflower)
Grief Share (Las Vegas)
Grief Share (Online Monday)
Grief Share (Online Thursday)
Grief Share for women (Park Rapids)

For those who struggle and for those who care for those who struggle with stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma. A support group that helps you explore the topics and tools for the mental health journey. 

Mental Wellness for Men (Anaheim)

Mental Wellness for Women (Anaheim)

Mental Wellness for Women (Online)

Mental Wellness for Families and Friends (Bellflower)

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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.
 

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