12-step service for AA members, their friends and family
Members of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church invite the community to join them Sunday, Feb. 7, at a special 12-step ecumenical worship service. They’ve scheduled the service at 9 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 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 W., worked with the Rev. Sam Shoemaker, an Episcopal priest in New York City, to develop the program.