For those of you who may not be familiar with our location, the RU Recovery Meetings will take place at 419 5th Avenue West in Kindersley, near Westberry School. The building we meet in was once the Ukranian Orthodox Church, so its distinctive domes are hard to miss.
For the present, our meetings are geared for adults and older teens, with childcare for infants and toddlers and a children's program provided onsite downstairs. The meetings are open to people of all faiths, or of no faith at all; if you are struggling with any kind of bad habit or addiction, be it drugs, alcohol, smoking, gambling, porn, an eating disorder, self harm, anger, depression, or anxiety, you are welcome, and we are confident this program can hep you. If you don't struggle with an addiction yourself, but you have a friend or family member who does, you can a learn a lot from this program as to how best to help them.
The meeting itself starts at 7:00, so you will probably want to come five or ten minutes early . You would enter our main door facing 5th Avenue West, and upon entry you will be greeted and directed to the Registration Table. As a first time visitor, we'll give you a name tag, and after filling out a registration form you will receive Our Bulletin, a Prayer Request Card and a Beginner's Introductory Packet. If you have children, we have volunteers which will be glad to provide childcare , and will help you out in getting them settled downstairs before the meeting begins. As you wait for the meeting to commence, help yourself to a hot chocolate and feel free to check out the resource table.
The meeting begins at 7:00 pm, and we aim to be done by around 8:30pm. We divide the meeting into three segments, which we call Talks, with short breaks in between:
In First Talk, we talk to God through prayers and testimonies. We begin with prayer, and then give students an opportunity to share stories of victory. This serves to give encouragement to other students and credit where credit is due - we don't like to talk about what we've done to God, we like to talk about what God has done for us! At the end of this talk, we gather the prayer request cards each person received, and then myself as director will lead in prayer for those requests individuals have indicated are for sharing with the group.
In Second Talk, we talk to each other, breaking into challenge groups to share each of our burdens or blessings. As a new visitor, we welcome you to be part of either our mens' or ladies' challenge groups. We take the first part of this time to review our curriculum for the past week and complete our challenges. It being your first time, we will provide you with a brief explanation as to how the challenge booklet you received in your beginner's packet works, and we will help you with some of the first challenges to get you started. For the remainder of our time during Second Talk, those present that feel comfortable doing so share their struggles, and we as a group provide encouragement. As a rule, what is said within challenge group is kept confidential.
In Third Talk, God talks to us as the director gives a message from the Bible, laying out Biblical principles which can help all of us to find lasting freedom from addiction.
After Third Talk is complete we have a brief awards ceremony for those who have completed challenges, after which we have refreshments available. We encourage you to stay and visit if you can, to get to know the group better and develop good friendships. During this time, the director and other workers are available if there were more specific, private areas of concern you needed assistance with.
Before and after class, and during the breaks, we encourage you to check out the Resource Table, in which you will find not only the RU Recovery Curriculum, but also a lot of books which give help for various issues we all can struggle with. We sell all books at cost, just so that we can replenish our stock.
If you had any further questions, feel free to call or text me at 306-460-4688. Hope to see you there next Thursday!