Christian 12-step program coming to Meeker

MEEKER | Three Meeker churches are bringing a Christ-centered 12-step program called Celebrate Recovery to the community in July.

Celebrate Recovery was founded in 1991 at Saddleback Church in California. More than 35,000 churches around the world now offer the program, which originally addressed chemical dependency and codependency. More than 5 million people have since completed a “Step Study,” according to the website.

The Meeker Assembly (Todd Bellamy, pastor), Emmanuel Baptist (Isaac Cowger, pastor) and the Church at Meeker (Rich Ford, Pastor) are working together to implement the program in Meeker.

Bellamy said via email: “I first found out about it through my sister who was in leadership for six years in Post Falls, Idaho.”

“It’s to help anyone dealing with a hurt, habit or hang-up that stems from a painful time in their past,” Bellamy said about the purpose of the program,  “There are a few different programs out there, but this one is probably the most well-known and they have an incredible success rate.”

The meetings will be held on Fridays at 6 p.m. at the Meeker Assembly (381 Market St.) beginning July 13, once training is completed. There is no charge to attend, and you don’t have to be a church member or a Christian to attend.

“This is a safe place for men and women that will include gender specific groups. We discourage anyone attending that will be looking for a date,” Bellamy said.