Celebrate Recovery
Every Friday Night!

Celebrate Recovery meets every Friday night in the Joy Building
at the Chickamauga Campus 52 weeks a year even when a Friday falls on a holiday!

You do not need to be a member of Oakwood Baptist Church to
attend Celebrate Recovery.

Children are important to us -Friday night Celebrate Recovery
Children's programs are available - Infant to 11 years.

Schedule             History of Celebrate Recovery                     FAQ's

6:00-7:00 p.m.
- Dinner.  Join us in the Cafeteria (located behind the Joy Bldg.) for great food and great fellowship!  

7:00-8:00 p.m. - Large Group Session. Everyone meets together for worship in the Joy Bldg., Room 700 followed by a time of teaching or testimony. There is no pre-registration or sign-ups. Upon arrival you will be greeted by a greeter and handed a bulletin to help you become acclimated.

8:00-9:00 p.m. - Open Share Groups. This is the time to break into recovery specific groups. Meet others with similar hurts, hang-ups and habits. These groups are gender specific.

8:00-9:00 p.m. - also on Friday nights, Celebrate Recovery 101. This is a one time meeting where you will learn more about Celebrate Recovery, hear personal mini-testimonies and ask direct questions. If you are new to recovery or a visitor, after the Large Group session we invite you to attend this meeting.

9:00-10:00.m. - Solid Rock Cafe. Held after Open Share Groups. This is a great time to fellowship with others from your group. Join us for refreshments and dessert.



The History of Celebrate Recovery

In 1991 SaddlebackChurch, Lake Forest, CA, launched Celebrate Recovery with 43 people. It was designed as a program 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 over 19,000 churches worldwide!

In Celebrate Recovery groups only one in three who participate in Celebrate Recovery are there for drugs and alcohol. So why are they there? They want to celebrate their recovery from any kind of addictions — overeating, stress, worrying, sex, obsessive compulsiveness, anger, depression and a multitude of life's hurts, habits and hang-ups. Be a part of this proven program that takes a Biblical approach to overcoming addiction.

The Celebrate Recovery program involves 8 principles from the beatitudes of the New Testament, and 12 biblical steps of recovery. This program is distinctly Christian, uncompromisingly biblical, and proven to work within the church. It has clearly brought people together to discover a new level of care, acceptance, trust and grace. And, for those who seek to mature spiritually, making better decisions that will help them become Christ-like in character.

Celebrate Recovery was added as a ministry at Oakwood in 2004. 
For questions about Celebrate Recovery call the church office at (706) 375-5760


Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is Celebrate Recovery?

A: Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered 12-Step recovery program that is based on the Bible. Celebrate Recovery is for anyone who struggles with life issues - which means it’s for everyone.


Q: What types of issues are dealt with at Celebrate Recovery?

A: A wide variety of hurts, hang ups, and harmful behaviors are addressed at     Celebrate Recovery. Examples include dependency on alcohol or drugs, pornography, co-dependence, low self-esteem, depression, anger, anxiety, fear of rejection, fear of abandonment, perfectionism, broken relationships, eating disorders, and abuse.


Q: How often does Celebrate Recovery meet at Oakwood Baptist Church?

A: We meet every Friday night from 6-10pm. See the schedule on the back of this brochure.


Q: Is there a cost for Celebrate Recovery?

A: Celebrate Recovery does not charge for the ministry. Celebrate Recovery Bibles, Step Study Workbooks, Journals, and other resources are available for purchase. There is a minimal charge for dinner.


Q: Is Celebrate Recovery confidential & safe?

 A: Yes, the Celebrate Recovery guidelines maintain strict confidentiality to create a "safe place" where we can take off our "masks" and be real and honest without fear. Confidentiality is a primary principle of the program. Who is in the meeting and what is said in the meeting stays in the meeting. We are diligent about confidentiality and anonymity.


Q: Do I have to talk?

A: Absolutely not. Each individual is in control of when and how much they participate.


Q: Do I have to be a member of Oakwood Baptist Church to attend?

A: No. Celebrate Recovery is open to anyone who is interested in a Christ-centered recovery program that will enable them to recover from life’s hurts, habits or hang-ups. We do encourage you to attend a loving supportive church on Sundays. If you are not a part of a church you are invited to visit Oakwood at either our Chickamauga or Gateway campus on Sunday Morning’s at 9:30 or 11:00.

Q: Who are the leaders of Celebrate Recovery?

 A: The leaders of Celebrate Recovery are real men and women just like you, many of whom have gone through similar addictions, hurts, hang-ups and harmful behaviors and have been through this program. The leaders are not counselors and do not offer any professional clinical advice. If professional advice is required, referrals may be made.


Q: What can I expect when I get there?

A: You will see our greeters at the door who will give you a friendly welcome. They will direct you inside where you will receive a name tag (first names only). If it is your first visit tell the team at the resource table and your meal is free. You will then be directed to the cafeteria area for our meal. There are information tables with knowledgeable volunteers to assist you and answer your questions.


Q: Is Childcare available?

 A: Free childcare is available for children up to eleven years of age.


Q: How can I obtain more information?

 A: After the Large Group Meeting for our first time attendees we have a class called “Newcomers 101.” We invite you to attend this class where a presentation about Celebrate Recovery is given. Group leaders will give additional information and be available to answer your questions.


Q: What do I have to do to get started?

A: Just show up! We'll see you this Friday!