What to expect on your first visit

We are at 698 W. Fifth Street, Middletown Indiana (not Middletown Ohio or Middletown, Illinois) at the Middletown Church of the Nazarene. We convene on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm. We start right on time, but come on in even if you are late. We gather every Sunday evening, 52 weeks a year. We never cancel, even when the weather is bad. If we can get into our parking lot, we will be here, so there is no need to call ahead. Just come! In fact, you can even come early, as we serve a simple meal each week from 5:45 - 6:15 so people can come directly from work.

Park in the back of the church away from Fifth Street and come in the entrance where the Celebrate Recovery sign is visible. Once in the door, go to the first door on your right and that's the gathering place for our first hour of the evening. It is called Large Group Session. It's not all that large, maybe 30-40 people. It may be dark in the room when you enter. Feel free to sit anywhere you like. A Celebrate Recovery leader will usually find you when you arrive and point out the restrooms and where to get a beverage.

During the 6:30 - 7:30 pm session, there will be worship music, some announcements and a "teaching or testimony time." You do not have to participate in any way. No one will ask anything but your first name and you can share as little or much as you wish when someone greets you.

At 7:30 pm, on your first visit, you will have an orientation session. We call it 101 orientation. The 101 group provides a time for attendees to have their questions answered and learn how Celebrate Recovery can be effective for them. There is a gender-specific time set aside at the end of the meeting for additional discussion. 101 Occurs weekly from 7:30 - 8:20pm for first time attendees.

You may want to pick up some free materials on the information table right by the door where you entered from the parking lot. Of special interest is a list of community resources that you might find helpful as continued support on your healing journey, resources such as professional counselling services, shelters, food pantries, and internet resources.

After 101 Orientation, a program leader will show you where to get a snack and perhaps introduce you to a few other attendees at the "Solid Rock Cafe". Several dozen people will join for snacks at 8:30 pm. People sit at tables and get to know each other a little bit. Sometime around 9:00 pm we are usually about done, so feel free to say goodbye and leave.

We do provide baby-sitting for children who are bathroom-trained up to the age of 11 at no cost.

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