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Celebrate Recovery begins fourth year

Rick Zickefoose participates in Christian Karaoke at the third anniversary celebration of Celebrate Recovery Brighton. (Photo courtesy of Anne Zickefoose)
Rick Zickefoose participates in Christian Karaoke at the third anniversary celebration of Celebrate Recovery Brighton. (Photo courtesy of Anne Zickefoose)
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Celebrate Recovery Brighton will begin its fourth year of weekly meetings Thursday, Nov. 19 at Brighton Community Church beginning with a shared meal at 6 p.m.

These meetings are attended by persons throughout southeast Iowa, are open to the public, and are careful to stress anonymity and confidentiality (identifications are shared only with explicit permission). They provide a Christ-centered path to recovery from any hurt, habit or hangup. Based on Biblical Beatitudes, 12 Recovery Steps and Principles are covered at the weekly meetings.

The typical weekly meeting format includes a provided meal, praise & worship music, a teaching or a testimonial, and an opportunity for gender-specific optional individual sharing. There are usually two women’s sharing groups, one for those struggling with chemical dependencies, and one for all other hurts, habits or hangups.

In addition to the adult meetings, CR Brighton is relaunching Celebration Place, which provides age-appropriate material for children ages 5-13 whose families are affected by hurts, habits and hangups. After the group meal and praise & worship, these sessions are conducted at the Brighton Church of God Gym.

Childcare for younger children is also provided. Any questions about attending or the format of CR can be directed to CR Brighton Ministry Leaders: Brighton Community Church Pastor Rick Zickefoose (rickzick3@hotmail.com; 319-548-0073), or Hope Lutheran Pastor Ryan Dexter (rdexteria@gmail.com; 319-931-6483)

CR Brighton recently celebrated its three years of public ministry with a small group gathering of those who are currently involved and have attended in the past. The anniversary celebrants enjoyed praise & worship music, reviewed seven reasons people get stuck in recovery from hurts, habits and hangups, and participated in Christian karaoke. Four children also enjoyed a special hands on teaching of Biblical parables by a trained Catechesis of the Good Shepherd guest presenter.