Celebrate RecoveryCelebrate Recovery of Monticello, a program offering support to people with emotional struggles, relational issues, addictions, or any thoughts and behaviors that interfere with a joyful life, will meet every Friday starting January 24 at 6 p.m. at Monticello Christian Church, located at 233 S. Dillard St. on the corner of Jackson and Dillard in Monticello.

The meetings are free and open to the public. Registration is not necessary to participate and you do not need to be a member or attendee of Monticello Christian Church to attend the meetings.

Celebrate Recovery®, founded by Rick Warren (New York Times best-selling author of “The Purpose Driven Life”) and John Baker, offers “wholeness” to people everywhere. The program is not simply to recover from past sins and hurts, but to become Christ-like in character. Eighty-five percent of the people who go through the program stay with the church and nearly half serve as church volunteers.

It is an ongoing program based on Christian principles as applied to the 12 Steps and the 8 Beatitudes. The only requirement is a desire to attend and listen, according to Michael Henry, associate minister of Monticello Christian Church.

“This program isn’t just about alcohol and drugs,” Henry said. “This is also for individuals dealing with sexual addiction, shame and guilt, co-dependency, divorce, grief and other hurts, habits and hang-ups. We want to provide an environment where people can deal with their issues privately and anonymously.”

The program starts with fellowship and coffee at 5:30 p.m. and a large group meeting starts at 6 p.m. with Biblically-based teachings and music. At 7 p.m., small sharing groups are offered. The small groups are divided into men’s and women’s groups and are safe places to give and receive positive support for individual needs. At 8 p.m., a light dinner of sandwiches and chips will be served.

For more information, visit MonticelloChristianChurch’s Facebook page, Web site or send an email to [email protected]