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This is a guide to help you write your Celebrate Recovery testimony. God’s word tells us,
“It is a proof of your faith. Many people will praise God because you obey the Good News of Christ – the gospel you say you believe – and because you freely share with them and with all others.” (2 Corinthians 9:13 NCV)
Testimony Guidelines:

a. Before you start writing… pray and ask God for help and the words to share.

b. Your testimony must be written out.

c. Your testimony should be about 12 to 15 minutes long. This is about 7 – 9 pages double-spaced using a 12-point font.

d. Be sure to include 1 or 2 of your favorite scriptures.

e. Be honest.

f. Remember that you are not cured.

g. Don’t use religious clichés.

h. Don’t get too graphic or include non-essential information.

i. Keep it short and to the point.



Lesson 1 Denial Principle 1: Realize I’m not God. I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable. “Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor.” (Matthew 5:3) Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable. “For I know that good itself does not dwell 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) Think About It Before we can take the first step of our recovery, we must first face and admit our denial. God tells us, “You can’t heal a wound by saying it’s not there!” (Jer- emiah 6:14, TLB). The acrostic for DENIAL spells out what can happen if we do not face our denial. Disables our feelings By repressing our feelings we freeze our emotions. Understanding and feeling our feelings is freedom. “They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of destructive habits — for we are slaves of anything that has conquered us.” (2 Peter 2:19, GNT) Energy lost A side effect of our denial is anxiety. Anxiety causes us to waste pre- cious energy running from our past and worrying about and dreading the future. It is only in the present, today, where positive change can occur. “He frees the prisoners . . .; he lifts the burdens from those bent down beneath their loads.” (Psalm 146:7 – 8, TLB) Negates growth We are “as sick as our secrets.” We cannot grow in recovery until we are ready to step out of our denial into the truth. “They cried to the Lord in their troubles, and he rescued them! He led them from their darkness and shadow of death and snapped their chains.” (Psalm 107:13 – 14, TLB) Isolates us from God God’s light shines on the truth. Our denial keeps us in the dark. “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5 – 7) Alienates us from our relationships Denial tells us we are getting away with it. We think no one knows — but they do. What is the answer? “Stop lying to each other; tell the truth, for we are parts of each other and when we lie to each other we are hurting ourselves.” (Ephesians 4:25, TLB) Lengthens the pain We have the false belief that denial protects us from our pain. In real- ity, denial allows our pain to fester and grow and turn into shame and guilt. God’s promise: “I will give you back your health again and heal your wounds.” (Jeremiah 30:17, TLB) Accept the first principle of recovery. Step out of your denial! Step into your Higher Power’s — Jesus Christ’s — unconditional love and grace!   Write About It

  1. What areas of your life do you have power (control) over? Be specific.
  1. What areas of your life are out of control, unmanageable? Be specific.
  1. How do you think taking this first step will help you?
  1. As a child, what coping skills did you use to get attention or to protect yourself?
  1. In your family of origin, what was the “family secret” that everyone was trying to protect?
  1. How do you handle pain and disappointment?
  1. How can you begin to address your denial?
  1. In what areas of your life are you now beginning to face reality and break the effects of denial?
  1. Are you starting to develop a support team? Are you asking for phone numbers in your meetings? List them here or on the inside back cover of this participant’s guide:

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We need assistance with food set up and oversight of the café before and after meetings.  Shifts include:

6:30-6:50 initial set up

6:50-7:15 working the café

9:00-9:15 tearing down and clean up


Greeters will need to help with literature and room set up.

Also, they will host the welcome table and assist with the final breakdown of materials and rooms.

Shifts include:

6:30-6:literature and room set up

6:30-7:10 Host the welcome table

9:00-9:15 Final break down of materials and rooms

A/V and Band Assistance

Help is needed to man the lights, sound, and computer display during the main meeting.  Also there are ongoing needs for musicians.

Opportunities include:

6:30-7:00 help with the sound system during band practice

6:30-7:00 computer and light set up

7-8  Running the computer, sound board, and/or lights

Prayer Team

Prayer team members are asked to periodically to pray for offering, closing, openings, and to be available between or after to pray with individuals

Help with Website:

Volunteers needed to  post and share website information on social media.


Readers will be asked periodically to read openings, hand out chips, read 12 steps, read 8 principals




Use the Volunteer Sign Up form to let us know how you would like to serve!




Principle 6: Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others, except when to do so would harm them or others.

“Happy are the merciful.” (Matthew 5:6) “Happy are the peacemakers.” (Matthew 5:9)

Step 9: Made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23–24)


Tonight, we are going to finish discussing Principle 6. We have talked about how to evaluate all our relationships, offer forgiveness to those who have hurt us, and make amends for the harm that we have done to others, when possible without expecting anything back.

As we grow as Christians and as we grow in our recovery, we want to follow the guidance and directions of Jesus Christ. As we get to know Him better, we want to model His teachings and model His ways. We want to become more like Him. Honestly, if we are going to implement Principle 6 to the best of our ability, we need to learn to model God’s grace. But how?


The key verses of Celebrate Recovery are 2 Corinthians 12:9–10 (NCV): “But he said to me, ‘My grace is enough for you. When you are weak, my power is made perfect in you.’ So I am very happy to brag about my weaknesses. Then Christ’s power can live in me. For this reason I am happy when I have weaknesses, insults, hard times, sufferings, and all kinds of troubles for Christ. Because when I am weak, then I am truly strong.”

Celebrate Recovery is built on and centered in Christ’s grace and love for each of us. (more…)

How to Clean Burnt on Caked on Food from Cookware

There was a time when I’d sooner throw away a burnt pan then try to clean it. There were however, several occasions where I did try to scour and scrub a pot or skillet with little hope of it ever sparkling again. It may have been given a hiding place of shame in the back of a cupboard, but eventually if not immediately it would end up in the trash heap.

However, lately I have spent a lot more time in the kitchen, reacquainting myself with good home cooking, and in the process finding myself attached to some beautiful stainless steel skillets and pots that my husband brought into the marriage. Tossing them, or hiding them away is not an option I would consider, so I have found through trial and error how to actually clean them up with little or no “elbow grease”. So now when I discover that my unattended food is melting into a tarry black layer of crusty gunk at the bottom of my favorite skillet I don’t go into panic mode. I realized that the same principles for treating a burn your eyes, stinky, burning pot, applies to relationships.

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  • Celebrate Recovery Meets all Year
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February: Recoverying Relationships with the God who Restores
March: Preparing the Soil: Turning Over the Past (Isaiah 54:4-8)
April: Letting Go of Past Hurts (1John 1:9)
May:  Why Am I So Exhausted: Finding Serenity
Family  Monday Night at the Movies “Home Run” (to be scheduled for summer or spring break time)
June: Removed Not Improved: Healing Brokeness (Psalm 51:16-19)
July: Clearing the Way: Avoiding Trip-ups Isaiah 57
August: Plowing up hard ground of our hearts (Hosea 10:12)
September: Check up: Have I Forgiven: Forgiven to forgive (Matthew 18:23-35)
October: Gaining Spiritual Stength: Checking in with God
November: Finding Joy in God’s presence (Psalm 27: 1-6)
December: Finding Mission in Community


The Inland Vineyard Fellowship’s Celebrate Recovery is right in step with God’s work of recovery!

As Vineyard culture thrives on Compassion and Mercy

Compassion and Mercy We accept into our fellowship any person moving towards Christ in their pursuit of genuine human life. We welcome “sinners”, trusting the Holy Spirit to draw anyone’s heart to Him through worship, the Word, and love. God’s mercy always triumphs over judgment (James 2:13; John 8:1-11).

…Celebrate Recovery recognize this sinful world for what it is, welcoming one another into a more conscious contact with God, restoring one another with the love and grace we ourselves have experienced.

As the Vineyard has a culture of Equipping believers… .

Equipping God calls and enables believers to express the talents, gifts, and ministries that He has set aside for them, therefore we integrate Biblical truth into everyday activities that impact our community (Eph. 4:11-13).

…Celebrate Recovery equips us with the tools to break free from the hurts, habits and hangup’s that keep us from experiencing our gifts and talents. Our journey in the 12 steps is only a small testimony of how God uses us to carry His message to others

As Vineyard has a culture of Caring for People… .

Relationships Caring for people is our highest priority after submission to God, because the purpose of the cross was the redemption of men and women. To the best of our ability we will treat each person with respect, dignity, and loving patience – always seeking what is best for their life and growth (Rom. 12:9-13; 1 Cor. 13:4-9; Col. 3:12-14).

…Celebrate Recovery recognises the one and only higher power, Jesus Christ has the power to transform our lives if we submit to His will. Celebrate recovery does not seek to “fix” people, but seeks to build relationships that encourage and support one another in confidence

AS Vineyard has a culture of Generosity

Generosity We are stewards of God’s gifts and resources (Matt. 10:8, 39; 13:45-46) which means that when God directs, we will be willing to give away what we have, to risk the security of current success in order to advance the Kingdom of God on earth in greater ways.

…Celebrate Recovery recognizes that in order to keep what God has given us we must give it away. It is in this that we share our experience, strength and hope with one another.

As the Vineyard has a culture of desiring to be naturally supernatural

Simplicity We want to be “naturally supernatural”, avoiding behavior that draws attention away from God and to ourselves. Simplicity affects our worship style, how we pray for the sick, minister to the poor, carry out discipleship, teach the Bible, and so on (1 Cor. 2:2-5; James 3:13; 1 Thess. 4:11-12).

…Celebrate recovery has a saying, “don’t quit until the miracle happens”. The miracle happens in the peace and serenity that comes as we draw near to God and experience his redemptive power.

As the Vineyard culture is willing to take risks

Risk-Taking and Mistakes We are willing to let people make mistakes as they grow in their gifting. We know that gifting develops in an environment of trial-and-error, so we are willing to be patient with people’s weaknesses and failures while they learn (John 21:15-19; Gal. 5:22-23)

.…Celebrate Recovery teaches us that “it is ok to be messy”, and that “our best today is good enough” Recovery is about progress, not perfection and we learn that our “failures” in God’s grace, our “failures” do not defeat us.

Our Sunday Celebration Services are held at 9am and 11am in the Sanctuary. We welcome you to come and join us! We are the Inland Vineyard – a Christian Church, California.
Service Times: 9am & 11am

   Thanksgiving often brings challenges.  Traditionally,  our friends at Crossroads’ CR  gets together the friday after Thanksgiving to share food and testimonies of gratitude. 

     This year, the Vineyard Fellowship is blessed to host Crossroads as we welcome them to our church on Friday  at 6:30 Nov.23,2012

Its a family event.  Come be blessed.

 I am considering joining this class can I start in the anytime? 

Yes,   Celebrate Recovery  is more than  a bible study class.  Celebrate Recovery provides a place to learn,  to practice, to share,  and to serve all year round.  Anyone is welcome to be involved at anytime.  Each journey starts the day you walk in.     

 Is Celebrate Recovery only for alcoholics and drug addicts?

No,  while many people who struggle with alcoholism and chemical dependency find a home with Celebrate recovery, this ministry is open to people from all backgrounds with all kinds of hurts, habits and hang-ups, including co-dependency,  sugar addiction,  family problems, divorce,  overspending, and overworking to name a  just few.

I’m not comfortable sharing with strangers all the details of the issues I struggle with.  Is this ok?  

Yes, We understand that most people have a difficult time addressing their own personal struggles, much less sharing them with a group.  Regardless of the what stage you are of recovery you are in, you’ll always be accepted for who you are at Celebrate Recovery.  We trust that you’ll find it safe to open up about your struggles as God leads you.   

Do I have to believe in God to attend Celebrate Recovery? 

 No.   Celebrate Recovery is a Christ Centered recovery program.  However, we recognize that not everyone who attends Celebrate recovery believes in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.  Regardless of religious beliefs or backgrounds everyone in search of recovery will find acceptance and encouragement at Celebrate Recovery. 

Is there any kind of child care during the meetings?

Yes.  Free childcare is provided during our Wednesday Night at the Well meetings.    

I’m interested in learning more about Celebrate Recovery.  How can I receive more information:  

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 Lesson 20 is about our Daily Inventory.  I was thinking about how this reminded me assigning homework.  As adults I how much do we really write down?  I brought with me a remnant from my former career.  As a teacher I often asked students to journal each evening.   Here is a sample of what one of my students wrote:   Journal.1./ today is the first day I write in this agenda and well I was going to move tomorrow and then my uncle said six… 

    Our lesson today is called Daily Inventory However; notice that step 10 does not say how often we do our personal inventory:

Step 10 “We continued to take a personal inventory when we were, wrong promptly admitted it.   It does not say daily, but rather it says when we were wrong.  (We will talk more about that later) The principal however, Principle 7 says to reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.  So I consider of self examination that an inventory fits right in….more… (Click here for complete Lesson notes)