A Community Ministry of Calvary Baptist Church


CR is a Christ-centered recovery program that is forward-looking. 

Rather than remaining 'stuck' in our past, continuing to dredge up and rehearse our painful memories, CR focuses on our future.

Regardless of what has already happened, the solution is to start making wise choices now, 

and to depend on Christ's power to help us make those decisions.

The Celebrate Recovery 12-Steps and 8-Principles emphasize personal responsibility. 

Instead of playing the "accuse and excuse" game, CR helps us face up to our own poor choices, and deal with what we can do something about.

We cannot control all that happens to us, but we can control how we respond to what happens.

That is the secret of happiness.

When we stop wasting time fixing the blame, we have more energy to fix the problem.

When we stop hiding our own faults and stop blaming others, then the healing power of Christ can begin working in our mind, will, and emotions... our Life!


Calvary Baptist Church

1422 Washington Ave, Alton 62002



6:30 - 6:55 pm

Meet & Greet Time


7:00 - 8:00 pm

Large Group Session

(Lesson, Testimony or Guest Speaker)


8:05 - 9:00 pm

Small Group

(Women’s Groups & Men’s Groups)


9:00 - 9:30 pm

Straight UP Café

(Networking/Find A Sponsor, coffee & snacks)


(2) Parking Lots Available

8 Principles Based on the Beatitudes

1. Realize I’m not God. I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to
do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.
“Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor.” (Matthew 5:3)

2. Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He had
the power to help me recover.
“Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)

3. Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
“Happy are the meek.” (Matthew 5:5)

4. Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.
“Happy are the pure in heart.”(Matthew 5:8)
5. Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and
humbly ask Him to remove any character defects.
“Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires.” (Matthew 5:6)

6. Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me
and make amends for harm I’ve done to others, except when to do so would harm them or others.
“Happy are the merciful.” (Matthew 5:7) "Happy are the peacemakers.” (Matthew 5:9)

7. Reserve a daily time with God self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order
to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.

8. Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words.
“Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.” (Matthew 5:10)



  • A safe place to share

  • A refuge

  • A place of belonging

  • A place to care for others & be cared for

  • A place where respect is given

  • A place where confidentiality is highly regarded

  • A place to learn

  • A place to demonstrate genuine love

  • A place to grow & become strong again

  • A place for progress

  • A place where you can take off your mask & allow others to know who you are

  • A place for healthy challenges & healthy risks

  • A possible turning point in your life