In December, Mark Hicks will become the pastor of the only English speaking United Methodist Church in Prague, Czech Republic. We are excited to announce a new website geared to keeping us all in the loop as Mark and Heather embark on this amazing new adventure. On their website you will find personal updates plus Mark’s podcast, sermons, and writings (which Heather named “Ramblings”). The website is a great way to stay in touch.
Recovery is Possible
Alcoholism Drug Addiction
Grief and Loss
- Food & refreshments served at 6:00 p.m.
- Celebration service begins at 7:00 p.m.
- Sharing groups begin at 8:00 p.m.
- Activities conclude around 9:00 p.m.
Recovery at Bristol is held every Thursday evening
Our Path to Healing
We follow Jesus
We follow Scripture
We follow the Twelve Steps
We Live This Out Every Day
If you follow Jesus, follow Scripture, follow the Twelve Steps, and live it every day….YOU WILL GET BETTER
The Twelve Steps
Step 1 – We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors – that our lives had become unmanageable. Scripture: For it is God who works in you, to will and to act according to His good purpose – Philippians 2:13
Step 2 – We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Scripture: 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 3 – We made a decision to turn our life and will and over to the care and loving concern of God. Scripture: Therefore I urge you, sisters and brother, in view of God’s great mercy, to offer yourself as a living sacrifice, 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. Scripture: 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. Scripture: 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. Scripture: Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up – James 4:10
Step 7 – We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings. Scripture: If we confess our sins, He is faithful 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. Scripture: Do to others, as you would have them do to you – Luke 6:31
Step 9 – We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would insure them or others. Scripture: Therefore if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that someone has something against you, leave your gift at the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother or sister; 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. Scripture: 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. Scripture: Let the word of Christ dwell in you daily – 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. Scripture: Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in sin, you who are spiritual should restore them gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted – Galatians 6:1
Recovery at Bristol is hosted by State Street United Methodist Church located at 300 W. Valley Drive, Bristol, VA 24201.
Across the street from Virginia High School.
Call (276) 669-2101 for information.
Guidelines for Sharing Groups
- Keep your sharing focused on your own thoughts and feelings.
- Limit your sharing to 3-5 minutes.
- Refrain from cross talk. This is when 2 individuals engage in dialogue and excluding all others.
- Each person is free to express feelings without interruption.
- We are here to support one another. We will not attempt to “fix” another.
- Anonymity and confidentiality are basic requirements. What is shared in the group will stay within the group.
- Offensive language has no place in a Christ-centered group.