The program, which has been active in Curry and Dilworth, is a faith-based initiative to help people conquer addictions of all forms.
J.D. Dickerson, pastor at Aldridge Community Missionary Baptist Church near Parrish, said he’s thought for some time that south Walker County needed a place to hold Celebrate Recovery meetings.
“There are some terrible problems with drugs in south Walker County,” he said. “We have some serious issues that need to be addressed within our community, and I thought a Celebrate Recovery program was desperately needed here.”
Dickerson enlisted the help of pastors at other area churches, including Aldridge Missionary Baptist Church, Goodsprings Full Gospel Church and Pleasantfield Baptist Church. The group has worked together for more than six months now to begin Celebrate Recovery meetings. The first meeting was held Monday night at Dickerson’s church. Keith and Dana Cooper, members of Aldridge Community Missionary Baptist Church, are leading the program.
“This is a community effort,” he said. “This isn’t about one church or another church. This is about all of us working together as the Body of Christ to save people from their addictions. An addiction is sin and sin can only be covered by the blood of Jesus.”
The meetings will be held each Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Aldridge Community Missionary Baptist Church. Dickerson said the meetings are in the church santuary. He said each week will begin by going through the 12-step program and then include worship music and a time for people to break into small groups.
“We’ve watched other Celebrate Recovery groups in the area and we’ve patterned ourselves after them,” Dickerson said. “We’ll be a little different at times, but this program has proven itself to work and that’s what we want.”
Dickerson said people from across Walker County are invited to the gatherings.
“We are focusing on our community, but we want this program to be open to anyone who needs it,” he said. “This is going to be a place where people can see Jesus, and they can see how He can change their lives. There will be no condemnation in our group. We are here to defeat addictions by trusting in and leaning on Jesus Christ.”