• Fort Smith Campus // Weekly Guide

    SERMON NOTES // Sunday, November 28, 2021

    Advent Week 1

    Richy Fisher, HABAKKUK 3

    ROMANS 15:13, LUKE 1:5-23

     

    Habakkuk 3

    A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth.

    2 O Lord, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O Lord, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy. 3 God came from Teman,
     and the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah
    His splendor covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. 4 His brightness was like the light; rays flashed from his hand; and there he veiled his power.

    5 Before him went pestilence, and plague followed at his heels.

    6 He stood and measured the earth; he looked and shook the nations; then the eternal mountains were scattered; the everlasting hills sank low. His were the everlasting ways. 7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction; the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble. 8 Was your wrath against the rivers, O Lord? Was your anger against the rivers, or your indignation against the sea, when you rode on your horses, on your chariot of salvation?

    9 You stripped the sheath from your bow, calling for many arrows. Selah 

    You split the earth with rivers.

    10 The mountains saw you and writhed; the raging waters swept on; the deep gave forth its voice; it lifted its hands on high.

    11 The sun and moon stood still in their place at the light of your arrows as they sped, at the flash of your glittering spear.

    12 You marched through the earth in fury;
     you threshed the nations in anger.

    13 You went out for the salvation of your people, for the salvation of your anointed. You crushed the head of the house of the wicked, laying him bare from thigh to neck. Selah

    14  You pierced with his own arrows the heads of his warriors, who came like a whirlwind to scatter me, rejoicing as if to devour the poor in secret. 15 You trampled the sea with your horses, the surging of mighty waters. 16 I hear, and my body trembles; my lips quiver at the sound; rottenness enters into my bones; my legs tremble beneath me. Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us.

    17 Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. 19 God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places.

     

    Romans 15:13

    13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

     

    Luke 1:5-23

    5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah,of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.

    8 Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty, 9 according to the custom of the priesthood, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense. 11 And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15 for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. 16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, 17 and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”

    18 And Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” 19 And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.” 21 And the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they were wondering at his delay in the temple. 22 And when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he kept making signs to them and remained mute. 23 And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home.

     

    SERMON QUESTIONS: 

    1. Have you celebrated Advent before? If so, what have you done to celebrate?

    2. What does it look like for you to practically prepare your heart for Jesus at Christmas?

    3. Those in the Old Testament, like Habakkuk, were waiting expectantly for the promised Messiah. How can we stay watchful, patient, and faithful as we wait on Jesus to come for the second time?

    4. In Luke 1, Zechariah had lost hope that he would ever have a child yet remained faithful to serve the Lord in the waiting. How can you be faithful as you wait on God's plan to unfold in your life?

     

     ANNOUNCEMENTS

     

    Home Group and Discipleship Groups

    CB Groups sign-ups are happening now.

    You can sign up for home groups, discipleship groups, and Bible studies at communitychurch.com/groups or by texting CBGROUPS to 94090.

    If you have any questions, email Rachel Todd.

     

    Celebrate Recovery

    CR meets at our Fort Smith campus on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm every week. We also have our online recovery service every Thursday night at 6pm right here: http://communitybiblecr.online.church Celebrate Recovery is a 12 step program for anyone with a hurt, habit, or hang-up. Celebration Place and the Landing are 52-week programs that mirror Celebrate Recovery curriculum, discovering the same truths in age-appropriate ways for our children and our students. If you have any questions about the program, contact Frankie Post We have meals every Tuesday night at 5:30. Geno's Pizza is $2 a slice, and drinks are $1.00.

     

    ACTS 4 Ministry

    Our ACTS 4 ministry collects used furniture and appliances (in good, working condition) and stores it to give to individuals and fami- lies in need. If you have items you would like to donate, please contact Baxter Gladden at 479-739-0066 or Jim Kolp at 918-520-1422 to set up a time for pick-up.

     

    COMMUNITY KIDS

     

    CB-Kids has returned to in-person services. 

    All ages of CB-Kids have resumed during our 9:00AM service. Our team has been hard at work creating a safe, fun, and comfortable environment for your kids to return.  

    For more information check out our CB-Kids Restart Procedures. 

    If you choose to continue to attend virtually, CB-Kids content will be available on the CB-Kids Video Hub.

     

    COMMUNITY STUDENTS

     

    Communitystudents.org

     
    Junior High (7th - 9th)
    Wednesday, September 9th
    Mostly Outside // Bring Mask for Worship and Talk Inside
     
    High School (10th - 12th)
    Begins Sunday, September 13th
    Outside // Bring Your Own Lawn Chair
     
    *In the event of rain, we will be inside and will need to wear a mask.
  • Greenwood Campus // Weekly Guide

     

    SERMON NOTES // Sunday, November 28, 2021

    Advent Week 1

    Richy Fisher, HABAKKUK 3; ROMANS 15:13, LUKE 1:5-23

     

    Habakkuk 3

    A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth.

    O Lord, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O Lord, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy.God came from Teman,
     and the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah
    His splendor covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.His brightness was like the light; rays flashed from his hand; and there he veiled his power.

    Before him went pestilence, and plague followed at his heels.

    He stood and measured the earth; he looked and shook the nations; then the eternal mountains were scattered; the everlasting hills sank low. His were the everlasting ways.I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction; the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.Was your wrath against the rivers, O Lord? Was your anger against the rivers, or your indignation against the sea, when you rode on your horses, on your chariot of salvation?

    You stripped the sheath from your bow, calling for many arrows. Selah 

    You split the earth with rivers.

    10 The mountains saw you and writhed; the raging waters swept on; the deep gave forth its voice; it lifted its hands on high.

    11 The sun and moon stood still in their place at the light of your arrows as they sped, at the flash of your glittering spear.

    12 You marched through the earth in fury;
     you threshed the nations in anger.

    13 You went out for the salvation of your people, for the salvation of your anointed. You crushed the head of the house of the wicked, laying him bare from thigh to neck. Selah

    14  You pierced with his own arrows the heads of his warriors, who came like a whirlwind to scatter me, rejoicing as if to devour the poor in secret. 15 You trampled the sea with your horses, the surging of mighty waters. 16 I hear, and my body trembles; my lips quiver at the sound; rottenness enters into my bones; my legs tremble beneath me. Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us.

    17 Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. 19 God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places.

     

    Romans 15:13

    13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

     

    Luke 1:5-23

    In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah,of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.

    Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty, according to the custom of the priesthood, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense. 11 And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15 for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. 16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, 17 and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”

    18 And Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” 19 And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.” 21 And the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they were wondering at his delay in the temple. 22 And when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he kept making signs to them and remained mute. 23 And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home.

     

    SERMON QUESTIONS: 

    1. Have you celebrated Advent before? If so, what have you done to celebrate?

    2. What does it look like for you to practically prepare your heart for Jesus at Christmas?

    3. Those in the Old Testament, like Habakkuk, were waiting expectantly for the promised Messiah. How can we stay watchful, patient, and faithful as we wait on Jesus to come for the second time?

    4. In Luke 1, Zechariah had lost hope that he would ever have a child yet remained faithful to serve the Lord in the waiting. How can you be faithful as you wait on God's plan to unfold in your life?

       

    #FORGREENWOOD

     

    Women’s Bible Study

    Tuesdays | 6-8pm
    Our Women’s Bible Study meet every Tuesday evening in the Community Room. For more information, email Regina Clack

     

    CB Groups

    If you’ve considered joining a home group, discipleship group, bible study, or class, it’s never too late to sign up. If you are inter- ested in learning more, email email Troy Jarrell for more info.

     

    ALL CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS

     

    Celebrate Recovery

    CR meets at our Fort Smith campus on Tuesdays at 6pm every week. We also have our online recovery service every Thursday night at 6pm right here: http://communitybiblecr.online.church Celebrate Recovery is a 12 step program for anyone with a hurt, habit, or hang-up. Celebration Place and the Landing are 52-week programs that mirror Celebrate Recovery curriculum, discovering the same truths in age-appropriate ways for our children and our students. If you have any questions about the program, contact Frankie Post For now there will be no meals. We will keep you posted when we are able to begin those again.

     

    ACTS 4 Ministry

    Our ACTS 4 ministry collects used furniture and appliances (in good, working condition) and stores it to give to individuals and fami- lies in need. If you have items you would like to donate, please contact Baxter Gladden at 479-739-0066 or Jim Kolp at 918-520-1422 to set up a time for pick-up.

     

    COMMUNITY KIDS - GREENWOOD

     

    CB-KIDS FAMILY NIGHT

    Sundays | 6-8:30pm (check our Facebook page for upcoming dates)

     

     

    COMMUNITY STUDENTS - GREENWOOD

     

    CONVERGE

    Wednesdays | 6-7:30pm

    Our Converge student program for grades 7-12 meet on Wednesday evenings from 6-7:30pm.

  • Van Buren Campus // Weekly Guide

    SERMON NOTES // Sunday, November 28, 2021

    Advent Week 1

    Doug Young, HABAKKUK 3; ROMANS 15:13, LUKE 1:5-23

     

    Habakkuk 3

    A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth.

    O Lord, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O Lord, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy. 3 God came from Teman,
     and the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah
    His splendor covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. 4 His brightness was like the light; rays flashed from his hand; and there he veiled his power.

    Before him went pestilence, and plague followed at his heels.

    He stood and measured the earth; he looked and shook the nations; then the eternal mountains were scattered; the everlasting hills sank low. His were the everlasting ways. 7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction; the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble. 8 Was your wrath against the rivers, O Lord? Was your anger against the rivers, or your indignation against the sea, when you rode on your horses, on your chariot of salvation?

    You stripped the sheath from your bow, calling for many arrows. Selah 

    You split the earth with rivers.

    10 The mountains saw you and writhed; the raging waters swept on; the deep gave forth its voice; it lifted its hands on high.

    11 The sun and moon stood still in their place at the light of your arrows as they sped, at the flash of your glittering spear.

    12 You marched through the earth in fury;
     you threshed the nations in anger.

    13 You went out for the salvation of your people, for the salvation of your anointed. You crushed the head of the house of the wicked, laying him bare from thigh to neck. Selah

    14  You pierced with his own arrows the heads of his warriors, who came like a whirlwind to scatter me, rejoicing as if to devour the poor in secret. 15 You trampled the sea with your horses, the surging of mighty waters. 16 I hear, and my body trembles; my lips quiver at the sound; rottenness enters into my bones; my legs tremble beneath me. Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us.

    17 Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. 19 God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places.

     

    Romans 15:13

    13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

     

    Luke 1:5-23

    In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah,of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.

    Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty, according to the custom of the priesthood, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense. 11 And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15 for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. 16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, 17 and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”

    18 And Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” 19 And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.” 21 And the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they were wondering at his delay in the temple. 22 And when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he kept making signs to them and remained mute. 23 And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home.

     

    SERMON QUESTIONS: 

    1. Have you celebrated Advent before? If so, what have you done to celebrate?

    2. What does it look like for you to practically prepare your heart for Jesus at Christmas?

    3. Those in the Old Testament, like Habakkuk, were waiting expectantly for the promised Messiah. How can we stay watchful, patient, and faithful as we wait on Jesus to come for the second time?

    4. In Luke 1, Zechariah had lost hope that he would ever have a child yet remained faithful to serve the Lord in the waiting. How can you be faithful as you wait on God's plan to unfold in your life?

  • SERMON NOTES // Sunday, November 28, 2021

    Advent Week 1

    Richy Fisher, HABAKKUK 3; ROMANS 15:13, LUKE 1:5-23

     

    Habakkuk 3

    A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth.

    O Lord, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O Lord, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy. 3 God came from Teman,
     and the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah
    His splendor covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. 4 His brightness was like the light; rays flashed from his hand; and there he veiled his power.

    Before him went pestilence, and plague followed at his heels.

    He stood and measured the earth; he looked and shook the nations; then the eternal mountains were scattered; the everlasting hills sank low. His were the everlasting ways. 7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction; the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble. 8 Was your wrath against the rivers, O Lord? Was your anger against the rivers, or your indignation against the sea, when you rode on your horses, on your chariot of salvation?

    You stripped the sheath from your bow, calling for many arrows. Selah 

    You split the earth with rivers.

    10 The mountains saw you and writhed; the raging waters swept on; the deep gave forth its voice; it lifted its hands on high.

    11 The sun and moon stood still in their place at the light of your arrows as they sped, at the flash of your glittering spear.

    12 You marched through the earth in fury;
     you threshed the nations in anger.

    13 You went out for the salvation of your people, for the salvation of your anointed. You crushed the head of the house of the wicked, laying him bare from thigh to neck. Selah

    14  You pierced with his own arrows the heads of his warriors, who came like a whirlwind to scatter me, rejoicing as if to devour the poor in secret. 15 You trampled the sea with your horses, the surging of mighty waters. 16 I hear, and my body trembles; my lips quiver at the sound; rottenness enters into my bones; my legs tremble beneath me. Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us.

    17 Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. 19 God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places.

     

    Romans 15:13

    13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

     

    Luke 1:5-23

    In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah,of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.

    Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty, according to the custom of the priesthood, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense. 11 And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15 for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. 16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, 17 and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”

    18 And Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” 19 And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.” 21 And the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they were wondering at his delay in the temple. 22 And when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he kept making signs to them and remained mute. 23 And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home.

     

    SERMON QUESTIONS: 

    1. Have you celebrated Advent before? If so, what have you done to celebrate?

    2. What does it look like for you to practically prepare your heart for Jesus at Christmas?

    3. Those in the Old Testament, like Habakkuk, were waiting expectantly for the promised Messiah. How can we stay watchful, patient, and faithful as we wait on Jesus to come for the second time?

    4. In Luke 1, Zechariah had lost hope that he would ever have a child yet remained faithful to serve the Lord in the waiting. How can you be faithful as you wait on God's plan to unfold in your life?

     

    CORPORATE LIFE
    Pray that we develop a more excellent worship experience for our diverse community of friends on Sundays, engaging our core attendees more during the worship gathering (engagement includes planning and serving through Relational Connectors, Tech, Worship, Children, Lunch, Setup/Clean up). Pray that we help men and women with their spiritual maturity both personally and as a group by having monthly men & women gatherings.

     

    Celebrate Recovery

    CR meets at our Fort Smith campus on Tuesdays at 6pm every week. We also have our online recovery service every Thursday night at 6pm right here: http://communitybiblecr.online.church Celebrate Recovery is a 12 step program for anyone with a hurt, habit, or hang-up. Celebration Place and the Landing are 52-week programs that mirror Celebrate Recovery curriculum, discovering the same truths in age-appropriate ways for our children and our students. If you have any questions about the program, contact Frankie Post For now there will be no meals. We will keep you posted when we are able to begin those again.

     

    NEXT GENERATION LIFE

     

    Pray that we assimilate more of our Wednesday Youth & Children’s families into our Sunday gatherings. Pray that we help youth and children with spiritual maturity both personally and as a group through professions of faith, baptism & service.

     

    CB North Student Facebook Page

    Check out and like our Facebook page by going to “CB North Students” and liking our page.

     

    Location:

    First Presbyterian Church's Fellowship Hall

    116 N. 12th Street, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901  

    Worship gathering, Sundays at 10:30

    For Children & Youth, email jackie@communitychurch.com

     

    CB NORTH CORE VALUES

     

    We accentuate our values using the acrostic TRUST:

    Truth
    Rhythms (Spiritual Disciplines)

    commUnity

    Service

    Transformation

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    Celebrate Recovery // Weekly Guide

    Celebrate Recovery

    CR meets at our Fort Smith campus on Tuesday nights at 6pm. It is a 12-step program for anyone with a hurt, habit, or hang-up. Celebration Place and the Landing are 52-week programs that mirror Celebrate Recovery curriculum, discovering the same truths in age-appropriate ways. If you have any questions about the program, contact Frankie Post 

     

     

    5 Guidelines of Recovery

     

    1. Keep your sharing focused on your own thoughts and feelings.

    Not your spouse’s, someone you’re dating, or your family members’ hurts and hang-ups, but your own. Focusing on yourself will benefit your recovery as well as the ones around you. Stick to “I” or “me” statements, not “you” or “we” statements. 

    Limit your sharing to three to five minutes, so everyone has an opportunity to share — and to ensure that one person does not dominate the group sharing time.

     

    2. There is NO cross-talk. Cross-talk is when two people engage in conversation excluding all others. Each person is free to express his or her feelings without interruptions. 

    Cross-talk is also making distracting comments or questions while someone is sharing. This includes speaking to another member of the group while someone is sharing, or responding to what someone has shared during his or her time of sharing.

     

    3. We are here to support one another, not “fix” one another. This keeps us focused on our own issues. 

    We do not give advice or solve someone’s problem in our time of sharing or offer book referrals or counselor referrals! We are not licensed counselors, psychologists, or therapists, nor are the group members. Celebrate Recovery groups are not designed for this. It is up to the participants to include outside counseling to their program when they’re ready.

     

    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. 

    We are not to share information with our spouses/family/co-workers. This also means not discussing what is shared in the group among group members. This is called gossip. Please be advised, if anyone threatens to hurt themselves or others, the Small Group Leader has the responsibility to report it to the Celebrate Recovery Ministry Leader.

     

    5. Offensive language has no place in a Christ-centered recovery group. 

    Therefore, we ask that you please watch your language. The main issue here is that the Lord’s name is not used inappropriately. We also avoid graphic descriptions. If anyone feels uncomfortable with how explicitly a speaker is sharing regarding his/her behaviors, then you may indicate so by simply raising your hand. The speaker will then respect your boundaries by being less specific in his/her descriptions. This will avoid potential triggers that could cause a person to act out. 

     

    Emphasize at the close of your meeting that Group Sharing Guidelines stay intact as participants fellowship with each other after the meeting.

     

    CR Crisis Response Additional 3 Guidelines for online group meetings: 

     

    1. All members must use headphones. This will ensure that no one else can overhear what is being shared. (Pat Phrase: “Please use your headphones.”)
    2. All members must be on camera. If the group leader asks, participants must show the rest of the group that no one else is in the room. Please do not leave your chair while the meeting is going on. (Pat Phrase: “Please stay on camera.”, “Can you show us the room you’re in?”)
    3. The meetings will not be recorded. (Pat Phrase: “Meetings are not recorded.”)