Where you can find freedom from life’s hurts, habits, and hangups.
FRIDAY NIGHTS @ 7:00 PM
The purpose of The Oaks Celebrate Recovery ministry is to fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the “8 Recovery Principles.” This experience allows us to be changed. We open the door by sharing our experiences, strengths, and hopes with one another. In addition, we become willing to accept God’s grace in solving our lives’ problems. By working and applying these Biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually. We become free from our addictive, compulsive, and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy, and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others. As we progress through the program, we discover our personal, loving, and forgiving Higher Power – Jesus Christ, the one and only true Higher Power.
WHAT TO EXPECT :
We meet at 7:00 PM every Friday night.
Childcare is provided unless announced otherwise.
The first hour is the “General Meeting,” which is a large group meeting with everyone. After opening prayer and worship, we read either the 8 Principles or 12 Steps aloud together, then have a Lesson or Testimony. Finally, we end with the Serenity Prayer.
The second hour is the “Open Share,” which is a gender-specific small group meeting where each person is free to answer the “focus question,” share what they related to in the testimony, or talk about whatever is going on in their lives. Click on “CR Tools” to view the Small Group Guidelines.
If it is your first time at Celebrate Recovery or if you have never attended a Newcomer’s Orientation before, we will host a special “Newcomer’s 101” for you in lieu of “Open Share.” We will tell you about Celebrate Recovery, share a little about ourselves, and conduct a non-threatening, sample “open share” group so you can become comfortable joining the full group the following week.
On the 1st Friday of each month, we provide a free dinner to all guests at 6:30pm. Please be sure to arrive early on the 1st Friday of the month.
OUR COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
* Celebrate Recovery has been deemed an “essential service” by Kern County Department of Public Health and is approved by Kern County Probation, Superior Court, and Mental Health, along with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Department of Adult Parole Operations.
Hand Sanitizer provided.
Screening Questions and Temperature Check upon entrance.
Masks Required while entering and moving around; Optional once seated and socially-distanced.
Increased Sanitization Procedures before and after each service.
SMALL GROUP GUIDELINES
The following five guidelines will ensure that the small group is a safe place. They need to be read at the beginning of every meeting.
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” 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.
EIGHT PRINCIPLES BASED ON THE BEATITUDES
R ealize I’m not God. I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.
“Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor.” – Matthew 5:3
E arnestly 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.” – Matthew 5:4
C onsciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
“Happy are the meek.” – Matthew 5:5
O penly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.
“Happy are the pure in heart.” – Matthew 5:8
V oluntarily 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.” – Matthew 5:6
E valuate 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.” – Matthew 5:7
“Happy are the peacemakers.” – Matthew 5:9
R eserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.
Y ield 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.” – Matthew 5:10
CELEBRATE RECOVERY 12 STEPS & BIBLICAL COMPARISONS
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 lives and our wills 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 5:16a
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 continue 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 3:16a
12. Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and practice these principles in all our affairs.
“Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore them gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.” – Galatians 6:1