12-step service for AA members, their friends and family

Members of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church invite the community to join them this Sunday, Dec. 1, at a special 12-step ecumenical worship service. They’ve scheduled services at 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. All are welcome, especially members of AA, Al-Anon, NA, their families and friends. The church is located at the corner of Court and Elm streets in Belfast.

The 12-step recovery service is both a celebration and a prayer for recovery. It is a prayer of gratitude for those working through the 12-step program and on the path to recovery and a prayer for those still suffering from addictions. The service follows the form of a traditional communion service (using non-alcoholic wine) and incorporates each of the twelve steps and the well-known serenity prayer.

In churches where the recovery service is offered frequently, many find it a chance for mutual support and a way to work the 11th step: “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.”

The Episcopal Church has a long history with AA and the 12-step program. The program’s founder, Bill Wilson, worked with the Rev. Sam Shoemaker, an Episcopal priest, to develop the steps of the program.

For more information about the service, phone or email St. Margaret’s, 338-2412