Celebrate Recovery

Chad Pippin

Celebrate Recovery is a biblical and balanced program, based on the actual words of Jesus rather than psychological theory, that helps us overcome our hurts, hang-ups, and habits. 20 years ago, Saddleback Church launched Celebrate Recovery with 43 people, designed to help those struggling with hurts, habits and hang-ups by showing them the loving power of Jesus Christ through a recovery process.

Celebrate Recovery is now in more than 20,000 churches worldwide, including Big Valley Grace Community Church.  

audioarchivelqTime and Location

BBQ/Pizza: 5:30pm – 6:15pm ($3-$6)
Large Group: 6:30pm – 7:30pm in the Worship Center
Open Share: 7:30pm – 8:30pm


This is the meeting before the meeting and the meeting after the meeting–it’s just as important as the other meetings. It is where we start to build healthy relationships. We have the chance to meet sponsors,  build support and accountability teams, and build healthy friendships. We barbecue hamburgers, hotdogs and gourmet meats (summer). We meet after large group and open share for dessert (cake, pies, fresh fruit).

Large Group

This is a great opportunity to gather as a Recovery community. We worship God with our Celebrate Recovery band; receive teaching on the 12 steps and their biblical comparisons, and hear testimonies from those who have walked the road of recovery.

Open Share Groups

We gather in gender and issue-specific groups. Open Share groups provide an opportunity to share our experience, strength, and hope in our own recovery. Safety is key in recovery. In order to keep groups safe, we hold to these 5 guidelines:
1. Keep your sharing focused on your own thoughts and feelings. Please limit your sharing to 3-5 minutes.
2. There will be no cross talk, please. Cross talk is when two individuals engage in dialogue, excluding all others. Each person is free to express feelings without interruption.
3. We are here to support each other. We will not attempt to “fix” one another.
4. Anonymity and confidentiality are basic requirements. What is shared in the group stays in the group.
5. Offensive language has no place in a Christ-centered recovery group.

1st Time Attenders

Our heart goes out to first-timers! If this is your first time, we invite you to our first-time guests’ group in The Altar.  Contact Us for more information.

Current Open Share Groups

Women’s Groups
Chemical & Alcohol Addictions
Codependent to Sexually Addicted Men
Codependent to Chemical Addict
Food Addiction/Eating Disorder
Physical, Sexual & Emotional Abuse
Sexual Addiction

Men’s Groups
Chemical & Alcohol Addictions
Sexual Addiction
Food Addiction/Compulsive Overeating
Codependent to Chemical Addict

For information about Celebrate Recovery, contact us.

Step Studies

These are gender-based groups (not issue specific) that meet weekly to go through the four Celebrate Recovery participant guides which include the 12 steps and their biblical comparisons. This in-depth study usually takes 10-12 months.
For information about Step Studies, contact us.

Family Ministries

Celebrate Recovery is a whole family ministry.
For children birth through kindergarten: childcare available.
For children grades 1-6: Rock Solid Kids
For teens in junior high and high school: The Landing


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