Recovery Church is a special place for an incredibly brave group of tāngata/people. People are welcome to come to Recovery Church if they are in recovery from addiction or traumatic experiences.
It is a safe, welcoming, positive and warm place. There really is a sense of community and a spirit of grace that provides a place to heal and grow.
Recovery Church is vital to The Salvation Army’s Bridge, Oasis, Accommodation and Reintegration services. The emphasis at Recovery Church is on honesty and acceptance. The only requirement is that people abstain from alcohol and other drugs on the day.
What to expect
Doubts and questions are welcomed. People can hold alternative beliefs, or no beliefs. Recovery Church is a place to belong, before you believe.
Testimony is raw, up-to-date and includes failures and everyday challenges.
Leaders are also appropriately transparent about their own life struggles. There is empathy for those who fail even after long-term recovery. Grace is extended.
Tāngata/people are encouraged to ‘come as they are’ to Recovery Church. There is no judgement.
Tāngata/people, including newcomers, are invited to join in by reading the Bible, prayers and reflections from The Recovery Bible.
Prayers are often simple but raw. At one service, a man stood up and said, “God, give me a break!”, then sat down again.
Recovery Church is not only for people who are in recovery from addictions. Tāngata/people also come to recover from traumatic experiences or situations. All are welcome.
Please note that due to limitations from COVID19 quarantine, Recovery Church is not currently open. We will be resuming Recovery Church for everyone as soon as possible after the lockdown.