History of Brookhaven's Recovery Ministry
Almost ten years ago the members of the Brookhaven United Methodist Church realized we had been given a wonderful blessing. For years we had been host to several large recovery communities (240 men and women). The recovery groups met here for community meetings, we had cooked Thanksgiving dinner for them, they had been working around the church, and we had made them Christmas stockings.
These folks are most exclusively disadvantaged people with meager resources. They are our blessing! We decided to be disciple makers; to begin a recovery meeting using the Life Recovery Bible as our "Big Book". We teach the 12 Steps in light of the Word of God. We give everyone who attends a Life Recovery Bible. To date we have given away 4000 bibles. We further saw the need to provide clothing; some come to us with only the outfit they are wearing when leaving the streets. Our Clothing Closet serves an average of 25 people a week. On the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month we conduct evening prayer and Holy Communion, followed by supper and fellowship. On Sundays we provide transportation and average 20 men and women for Sunday School and worship. None of us ever envisioned all the ways God would bless us through this ministry.
The Recovery Ministry is active as a resource connecting our church with the disenfranchised. All of this is done through the heart and help of the congregation of Brookhaven United Methodist Church.
Recovering from alcohol and drug addiction is a spiritual affair.
Persons enter recovery more often than not having little or no resources, and feeling alienated from friends, family and God. BUMC's Recovery Ministry is unique in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church in that we seek to live as and to make disciples through radical hospitality, worship and fellowship inclusion, and teaching the 12 steps of recovery to restore hope, healing and wholeness in the light of God's word.
The Brookhaven UMC Recovery Ministry includes:
Leadership - Our Associate Pastor, Don Shannon, is available to help persons and families take the first step into recovery and to spiritually shepherd those who are working on their twelve-step program.
Recovery Bible Study - An open meeting using the Life Recovery Bible and group discussion. We have given away 4000+ bibles in six years.
Soulful Saturdays - Meets the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. A time of Evening Prayer and Communion followed by a meal and Bingo!
Recovery Group Meetings - AA/NA are held in our building as the need arises from the area recovery programs. Open or closed meetings.
Christmas Bags - Personal hygiene and holiday treats for recovering people.
Thanksgiving Meal - The church hosts a Thanksgiving Day meal for the area recovery community and indigent persons in our neighborhood.
Clothes Closet - Provides clothing for persons coming off the streets into recovery, and day labor work clothing. Serves 20-30 weekly.
Be part of a ministry that changes lives through spiritual support to overcome addiction and despair! Show God's love in tangible ways.
Ways individuals and groups can connect:
- Donate or hold a clothing drive for men's clothing (jeans, T-shirts, socks, underwear, winter clothing especially useful)
- Volunteer to prepare and serve a meal for Soulful Saturday. Meet persons in recovery first hand and hear their stories.
- Donate dollars for recovery bibles/prizes for bingo. Items useful and needed, or a fun snack for persons on a limited budget.