Celebrate Recovery Fall Kickoff

by Steve Eng

Join us Friday evening, September 24 to help us launch our fall season of Celebrate Recovery. We begin that evening at 6:30 p.m. with a BBQ Supper and a “taste” of CR, including an abbreviated Large Group Celebration, a special one-evening Newcomers 101 session for all first-time attenders, abbreviated gender-specific Life Issues and Chemical Dependency groups, concluding with a café time with dessert, coffee, and other beverages at 8:30 p.m.  There’s no commitment to attend on an ongoing basis, just come and check us out! 

Commonly thought of as a ministry for “those people,” Celebrate Recovery addresses the issues that nearly all people face – work issues, family struggles, secret or unhelpful behaviors, past trauma or abuse, anxiety, depression, grief, anger or control issues, struggles with food, suicidal thoughts or hopelessness, loneliness, and over-dependence on alcohol, prescription drugs, and other substances. 

Even if you feel your life is nearly perfect, pray about someone in your family, neighborhood, or workplace you can invite and bring to Celebrate Recovery as we share the hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.

Run in thousands of churches around the world, participants find Celebrate Recovery to be a safe place to find community and support, along with freedom from issues that can control a person’s life.  

Our weekly Friday night schedule includes:


— 6:30-7:30pm —

Large Group Celebration

Gather in the auditorium for worship, recovery teachings and testimonies. No pre-registration required.


— 6:30-8:30pm —

Celebration Place for Kids

Kids ages 2-8 find hope and healing through Bible and recovery lessons, songs, and activities. Limited enrollment. Kids welcome on a first-come, first-served basis each evening; we will expand programming as our pool of volunteers increases.  Volunteers and paid staff are urgently needed; for more information contact Monica at or Steve at


— 7:30-8:30pm —

Open Share Groups

Recovery- and gender-specific groups (men’s dependency, women’s dependency, men’s life issues, women’s life issues) where you can share and hear from those who have similar hurts, hang-ups and habits. A safe environment to begin working on your recovery.


— 7:30-8:30pm —

Newcomers 101

Learn more about Celebrate Recovery, hear personal mini-testimonies, and get your questions answered in this one-time gathering for newcomers.


— 8:30pm —

Solid Rock Café

Grab a cup of coffee, dessert, or a healthy snack as you make friends, find accountability partners, and enjoy fellowship with those from your group. 

NEW! CR Step Study Group for Men begins Wednesday evening, September 29. 

Whether you attend CR on Friday nights or not, this new group for men is for you!  CR Step Studies take you on a 9-12 month weekly, in-depth journey that challenges you to step out of denial, take an honest and spiritual inventory of your life, get right with God, and grow in Christ.

Working through lessons and exercises found in your personal Participant’s Guides, you will begin to experience the peace and serenity you have been seeking, restore and develop stronger relationships with others and with God, and find freedom from life’s hurts, hang-ups, and habits. 

For more information and to indicate your interest, please call or send a text to Mark D at 507-261-7095 or Rob U at 507-208-0239.

CR is Christos Bookcenter’s featured ministry during September and October! Christos Bookcenter at Autumn Ridge Church is featuring Celebrate Recovery resources during the months of September and October!  Come check out these resources at our amazing bookstore, and tell your friends and family that 10% of all sales will go to Celebrate Recovery at Autumn Ridge!  Thanks, Erika for your support, prayers and encouragement!


For more information on Celebrate Recovery or for a confidential conversation, go to www.autumridgechurch.org/cr or contact Pastor Steve Eng, AR’s recovery director, at