Celebrate Recovery started at the Baptist church on Friday the 13th of October in 2006. This date didn’t scare anyone, though, and the church takes this time each year to invite the community at large to come and witness the phenomenon called Celebrate Recovery. Jacksonville First Baptist holds the regular meetings, which feature a speaker, meeting and worship time, every Friday and serves dinner to more than 50 people each week before the large gathering. Celebrate Recovery also features small share groups afterwards to continue the healing from whatever hurt members may be dealing with.
Last Friday, many came to see special guest Kevin Derryberry, an Alabama native that has gone from secular success in the music business to a very successful ministry in music with sharing his testimony for others to be encouraged. He mixed his music with humor and also a great message of hope and healing. He sold his CDs afterward and signed them for everyone.
This is his second anniversary to come sing in Jacksonville. “I love coming to Jacksonville CR because people are so real here,” Derryberry said. “Anybody can come! I am so excited for Jacksonville to have this type ministry”
Tyler Currier and Jimmy Green, along with many others, lead the ministry and have been involved basically since the beginning. “We are thankful to be here under this Church and this Friday was a big treat for us,” Currier said.
“I get to see God’s healing in many ways, not just drug and alcohol, but divorce, grief, food addictions and co-dependency type hurts,” he added. “The thing that is most important is the program has no age limit. We have free child care and they have a program too.”
Green said he initially went to Celebrate Recovery “because I was hurting from one thing and found healing in many areas of my life. I didn’t know how much I needed help in my life; I usually try and do it on my own. This is a program that doesn’t judge people, either. I felt at home.”
Last Friday also featured a praise team from In His Presence ministry led by Brian Robinson. Many other people from the community were represented: The Wade Freedom House, Our Fathers Arms, The Eagles Nest, Center of Hope, Extended Hands home, the Salvation Army, as well as many from other Celebrate Recovery programs in the area.
CR Jacksonville meets every Friday night. A free dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. Large Gathering starts at 6:30 p.m., and small groups meet after that with it all ending in the “Cross Talk Café” where deserts are shared. Cup cakes from Jilly Beans on the square in Jacksonville are the featured treat each week.
For questions and to reach someone in this ministry please call Tyler Currier at 256-435-7263.