RECOVERY @ BRISTOL
Recovery at State Street United UMC
RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE
Everyone is in Recovery for something. We don’t get through life without scars. Whether we are dealing with addiction, compulsive behaviors, divorce, family problems, grief, loss, or any other life challenges, recovery is possible. This is how: We need Jesus, we need to follow scripture, we need to follow the twelve steps, and we have to live this life every day. When we follow Jesus, scripture, the twelve steps and live it every day, we get better.
Grief & Loss
*We can use your help. Recovery at Bristol needs volunteers for the audio/visual team. No experience is necessary. Training is available.
Our Path to Healing
We Follow the Twelve Steps
We Live This Out Every Day
Grief Support Group
We are pleased to announce that we have formed a new support group that will focus on grief and loss. We will meet at State Street United Methodist Church, 650 Valley Drive, Bristol, VA 24201. We will meet after Recovery Praise Service on Thursdays in the Parlor.
The Twelve Steps
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
WHERE WE ARE
Recovery at Bristol is hosted by State Street United Methodist Church located at 650 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.
Recovery Service Times
*Recovery at Bristol is held every Thursday evening in the Fellowship Hall