The Family Life Ministry is led by Pastor Peter Patterson and includes ministries like Celebrate Recovery, Benevolence and the Christian Family Network, the active family ministry arm of Family Life Ministries.
The Christian Family Network is committed to cultivate and restore “oneness” in the Christian Family and to create a vibrant network for families to receive encouragement, guidance, and embrace the love of our Lord, Jesus Christ. With Jesus Christ as our cornerstone, CFN facilitates a variety of Christ centered gatherings, programs and events in an effort to fortify the Family Unit, create greater unity in the Body of Christ, and demonstrate God’s merciful love to unsaved.
Each session of DivorceCare begins with the group viewing a videotape dealing with divorce issues. Some topics include: “What’s Happening to Me”, “The Road to Healing,” “Facing Your Anger,” “Facing Depression,” and “Facing Loneliness.” All topics essential to the recovery process are produced in an interesting format, featuring real life stories of people who have experienced separation and divorce. Click HERE to register.
DivorceCare for Kids
DC4K, is a church-based program for children (ages 5-11) struggling with the hurt and pain of divorce and separation. Topics include: “What’s Happening to My Family”, “Facing My Anger”. “It’s Not My Fault”, “Forgiveness”, “Loving My Parents”. Space is limited to 10 children. Please click HERE for more information, or contact Pastor Peter Patterson at PPatterson@Bethany-AG.org.
GriefShare is a program designed to provide ministry and education to those who have experienced loss in their lives. This group is sponsored by people who understand what someone goes through, when they lose a loved one and want to offer comfort & encouragement during this difficult time in their lives. Topics include: “The Season’s Of Grief”, “The Emotions Of Grief”, “Where Is God?”, “Growing Through Grief”. Click HERE to register.
Thank you for showing interest in this subject. I believe God has placed this challenge on your heart for a reason. Whether you're
reading this for yourself or for someone you care about, by picking this pamphlet up you are the one who made the move towards God's healing. If you are reading this for someone else, is it possible that God is trying to use you to help? Perhaps you need to not only invite them to Celebrate Recovery but bring them. If you are reading this for yourself, take note, perhaps this invitation to Celebrate Recovery is part of His moving in this challenge. God is moving towards you, I would encourage you to keep moving towards Him by taking the next step.
Come to CELEBRATE RECOVERY
We meet every Thursday from 7pm-9pm (Dinner at 6pm) - Childcare provided ages 4-12.
The purpose of Celebrate Recovery ministry is to fellowship and cele-brate God’s healing power in our lives through the “8 Recovery Princi-ples” and “12 steps.” This experience allows us to “be changed.” By working and applying these biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritu-ally. We become free from our addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy and most impor-tantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others. As we pro-gress through the program we discover our personal, loving and forgiv-ing Higher Power—Jesus Christ, the one and only true Higher power.
THINGS WE ARE
- A safe place to share.
- A refuge.
- A place of belonging.
- A place to care for others and be cared for.
- A place where respect is given to each member.
- A place where confidentiality is highly regarded.
- A place to learn.
- A place to demonstrate genuine love.
- A place to grow and become strong again.
- A place for progress.
- A place where you can take off your mask.
- A place to allow other to know who you are.
- A place for healthy challenges and healthy risks.
- A possible turning point in your life.
THINGS WE ARE NOT
- A place for selfish control.
- A place for secrets.
- A place to rescue or be rescued by others.
- A place to judge other.
- A long-term commitment.
8 RECOVERY PRINCIPLES
R - Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and my life is unmanageable.
“Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor.”
E - Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to him and he has the power to help me recover.
“Happy are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.”
C - Consciously choose to commit all my life to Christ’s care and control.
“Happy are the meek.”
O - Openly examine and confess my faults to God, to myself and to someone I trust.
“Happy are the pure in heart.”
V - Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants to make in my life.
“Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires.”
E - Evaluate all my relationship: offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for what I’ve done to others when possible, without ex-pecting any reward.
“Happy are the merciful.” “Happy are the peacemakers.”
R - Reserve a daily time with God for prayer, Bible reading and self-examination in order to know God, His will for my life and to gain the power to follow his will.
Y - Yield myself 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.”
HURTS, HABITS AND HANG-UPS
A hurt, habit or hang-up is something that hinders your walk with God.
A HURT is an emotional reaction to another person’s behavior or to a disturb-ing situation (abuse, abandonment, divorce).
A HABIT is an addiction to someone or something (alcoholism, drugs, food, gambling, sex shopping, smoking).
HANG-UPS are negative mental attitudes that are used to cope with people or adversity (anger, depression, fear).
These life problems can be stumbling blocks or stepping stones.
Healing is available through applying the principles of a Bible based recovery process to our lives.
THE PRAYER FOR SERENITY
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that you will make all things right
If I surrender to your will
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.