CRESTVIEW St. Mark United Methodist Church members invite residents struggling with addictions, hurts, habits or hang-ups to attend the 'Celebrate Recovery' kick-off on Thursday night.


CRESTVIEW St. Mark United Methodist Church members invite residents struggling with addictions, hurts, habits or hang-ups to attend the 'Celebrate Recovery' kick-off on Thursday night.



The 52-week, Christ-centered program begins with dinner followed by the PG-13 recovery film "Home Run." The ministry is free and open to everyone, regardless of religious affiliation, church member Cathy Justice said



"It's (confidential,) non-denominational and it's not just for addicts dealing with alcohol or drugs," she said. 



Those with gambling, sex or pornography addictions and unwanted habits which may include overeating, smoking, anxiety or insecurity are welcome to attend.



Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in California started Celebrate Recovery in 2007. Niceville's St. Mark UMC location has seen increasing attendance for the same program, which is one reason the Crestview location is planning the program, Justice said. 



"There is a real need for this here," she said. "I've seen it while working as a nurse here (in Crestview)."



WANT TO GO?



WHAT: Celebrate Recovery



WHEN:  Dinner is served 4:45-5:45 p.m. "Home Run" movie begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday



WHERE:  St. Mark United Methodist Church, 2250 P.J. Adams Parkway, Crestview



COST: $5 donation is asked for an individual meal; $15 for families.



CONTACT: Karen Kay, 682-5280 ext. 102 or kkay@stmarkcrestview.com.



Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Matthew Brown at 850-682-6524 or matthewb@crestviewbulletin.com. Follow him on Twitter @cnbMatthew.