MEETING FORMAT

 INTRODUCTION:
“Hello, and welcome to the ______________ Christian Recovery meeting. My name is _______________ and I am your trusted servant for today’s meeting. Please join me for a moment of silence, after which we will recite the Serenity Prayer.”

“SERENITY PRAYER”
God, grant me the Serenity
To accept the things I cannot change...
Courage to change the things I can,
And Wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it.
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His will.
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Amen.
Reinhold Niebuhr

“We are a support group committed to creating a safe place for men and women to share their experience, strength, and hope with each other.”
“As a fellowship of men and women recovering from behaviors that have affected us in our lives, our purpose is to grow spiritually and in our relationship with God.

For our guides, we use the Bible, the 12 Steps for Christians, the 12 Traditions and Slogans from the Al-Anon book to help us along our journey of recovery. All of these book are available for purchase on our website through Amazon.com

We are here for our own benefit, to share our own experience, strength and hope with others. We are not here to talk about others, to condemn , criticize, or judge them. our desire is to improve the quality of our lives as we apply what we learn from listening to and sharing with each other. Our hope is in the belief that we can succeed today in situations where we failed previously. As we place ourselves in the care of our Higher Power, our attitudes improve as we honestly, openly, and willingly look at who we are and engage in healthier behavior.

READINGS:
“I’ve asked (a friend) to read the 12 steps.”
“I’ve asked (a friend) to read the Scripture for the 12 steps after each step.”
“I’ve asked (a friend) to read the Tradition of the month.”
“I’ve asked (a friend) to read the Milestones In Recovery.”
“I’ve asked (a friend) to read the daily reading.”

"Many of the principle and traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous are used as part of the basis for our group. We respect the confidentiality and anonymity of each person here. Remember that whatever you hear at this meeting is shared with the trust and confidence that it will remain here. Who you see here, what is said here,, when you leave here, let it stay here.

SEVENTH TRADITION
“We are self-supporting through our own contributions. We ask for your contributions at this time.” (Take time for collection before continuing.)

NEWCOMERS
“If you are new to a twelve -Step support group, we offer you a special welcome and invite you to attend at least six meetings to give yourself a fair chance to decide if this group is for you. We encourage you to exchange phone numbers and/or emails with other members for support between meetings. Phone and email list, literature and information on other recovery support groups will be available after the meeting. If you have any questions, please feel free to talk with me at the end of the meeting.”
“Is there anyone here for the first time? If so, please tell us your first name so we can greet you. We will now introduce ourselves by first name only. My name is _____________.”
“Everyone is invited to share, but no one is obligated to do so.

FORMAT
Week 1: “Today’s meeting focuses on Step _______. Each of us will read a portion of the chapter after which you are free to comment on what you have read.
Week 2: “Today’s meeting focuses on Tradition _______. Each of us will read a portion of the chapter after which you are free to comment on what you have read.
Week 3: “Today’s meeting focuses on two selected recovery slogans. Each of us will read a portion of the chapter after which you are free to comment on what you have read.
Week 4: “Today’s meeting focuses on two selected recovery topics. Each of us will read a portion of the chapter after which you are free to comment on what you have read.
Week 5: “Today’s meeting is a Lead or personal Story followed by discussion.

“Please keep your sharing sharing focused on recent experiences and events. Focus on your own personal experience, strength and hope.
“Limit your sharing to 3 to 5 minutes. Allow everyone in the group to share once before you share a second time.”
“Please…no cross talk. Cross talk occurs when individuals speak out of turn and interrupt one another. The group is disrupted, and focus is diverted from the individual whose turn is is to speak.”

CLOSING
”This is a fellowship of the Christian Recovery Network and is intended to compliment other Twelve-Step Groups. You are encouraged to attend other Twelve-Step recovery support groups during the week to support your recovery journey.”

ANNOUNCEMENTS
”Reminder! What you hear at the meeting is confidential; leave it at this meeting. It is not for public disclosure or gossip. Please respect the privacy of those who have shared here today.”
“Will everyone please clean up after themselves and help to rearrange the room?”
”Will all who care to, stand and join me in closing with the Lord’s Prayer?”

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come. 
Thy will be done on earth, 
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us. 
And lead us not into temptation, 
But deliver us from evil. 
For thine is the kingdom, 
The power, and the glory, 
For ever and ever. 
Amen.

“KEEP COMING BACK
IT WORKS IF YOU WORK IT!”