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Celebrate Recovery

"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."
   Matthew 5: 3-12

Celebrate Recovery
Monday Nights 6:00 pm
Lee-Robinson Building
Trinity Baptist Church
2521 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 29204
Ministry Leaders:
Trustee Jewel Golden-Wright
Reverend Jeffrey Howard

Celebrate Recovery National Website.

For additional information or questions, please contact the Administrative Office at 803-254-7142 or send an email to

History of Celebrate Recovery at Trinity Baptist Church

Celebrate Recovery is a proven Christian based twelve step recovery program that promotes behavior changes. The program, which can be used in conjunction with secular recovery programs, addresses all types of hurts, habits, and hang-ups including substance abuse. Celebrate Recovery is used in many churches, recovery houses, rescue missions, and prisons around the world. The Celebrate Recovery program, which is based on the eight principles of the Beatitudes, is forward looking, emphasizes personal responsibility, and spiritual and emotional growth in order to gain freedom from addictions, and compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors.

Celebrate Recovery was introduced to Trinity Baptist Church by Project F.A.I.T.H. during the 2007-2008 grant year. The Celebrate Recovery program was viewed as a way to offer hope to hurting people in the congregation and community. The program was also seen as a means to enhance the work of the TBC Care Team with the HIV positive women at the Camille Graham Correctional Institution. Celebrate Recovery would provide a safe environment for women who were newly released from prison to develop healthy relationships and change negative behaviors.

During the initial ninety days kick-off period, potential leaders were identified and trained and Large Group and Small Group meetings were initiated. CR leaders completed the Participant Guides. In order to build the CR program at Trinity Baptist Church, the members of the TBC Celebrate Recovery Ministry collaborated with the Celebrate Recovery Ministries at Jones Memorial AMEZ Church and North Trenholm Baptist Church in Columbia, as well as Empowerment Ministries in Orangeburg, South Carolina. In July 2008 Trinity Baptist Church, in collaboration with those churches, hosted a Celebrate Recovery Rally. Some members of the TBC Celebrate Recovery Ministry attended the 2008 Celebrate Recovery Summit at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California to obtain additional knowledge of the CR program in order to strengthen the CR program at Trinity.

During the 2008-2009 grant year, the Trinity Baptist Church CR leaders incorporated weekly Step Study, monthly CR Leadership Training, and fellowship into the Celebrate Recovery program. Emphasis was placed on preparing leaders who would be fully equipped to conduct the Celebrate Recovery program at TBC, as well as assist other churches in starting Celebrate Recovery programs. In January 2009 the CR leadership of Trinity Baptist Church met with leaders of Sims Chapel in Whitmire, South Carolina to introduce the Celebrate Recovery program to them. Trinity’s CR leaders attended regional CR conferences in 2009 as well as the 2009 Celebrate Recovery Summit at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California to build their capacity to provide outreach to their congregation, communities within their geographical area, and correctional institutions.


Based on the Beatitudes

Realize 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. (Step 1)

"Happy are those who know that they are spiritually poor."

Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that He has the power to help me recover. (Step 2)

"Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."

Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ's care and control. (Step 3)

"Happy are the meek."

Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust. (Steps 4 and 5)

"Happy are the pure in heart."

Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects. (Steps 6 and 7)

"Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires"Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I've done to others when possible, except when to do so would harm them or others. (Steps 8 and 9)


"Happy are the merciful." "Happy are the peacemakers"

Reserve a 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. (Steps 10 and 11)

Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and my words. (Step 12)

"Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires."

“If I wouldn’t have joined this Trinity’s Celebrate Recovery, I’d be dead.”
   Signed by a Molested Person

“This is the only Celebrate Recovery (Trinity’s) that makes me feel at home, and I’ve been to all (5) of them in Columbia.”
   Signed by a Crack Addicted Person

“It’s not a ministry that tells your business, everyone knew mines anyway, I just had to admit.”
   Signed by a Sex Addicted Person

“Trinity’s Celebrate Recovery is my true and only family.”
   Signed by a Cocaine and Alcoholic

“Trinity’s Celebrate Recovery has helped me with fears of relationships. This is after I’ve been raped.”
   Signed by a Rape Victim

Twelve Steps and Biblical Comparisons

Step 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)

Step 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)

Step 3. We made a decision to turn our life and will 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)

Step 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)

Step 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)

Step 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)

Step 7. We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

Step 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)

Step 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)

Step 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)

Step 11. We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” (Colossians 3:16)

Step 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.
“Brother, 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)

Monday, December 30, 2013
End of Year Service
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