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Severns Valley hosting recovery program training

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By Amber Coulter

SevernsValley Baptist Church will be the regional training site Saturday for between 500 and 600 representatives of churches across Kentucky and surrounding states.

The training is aimed at explaining the program Celebrate Recovery. The 12-step program uses Biblical principles to try to help people with various addictions, hurts and struggles, such as substance abuse, procrastination and worry.

The training also offers information to churches, such as Severns Valley, that already have implemented the program to show them ways to enhance what they’re already doing.

The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-in registration is available.

This is the second time Severns Valley has been chosen as the training site.

Associate Pastor Dr. Ray Hicks thinks the church was selected twice because it has a great facilities and wonderful volunteers. It is unusual for the same church to be picked twice, he said.

Other churches planning to institute Celebrate Recovery programs sometimes send representatives to Severns Valley’s gatherings to learn how to make them work, he said.

“They know we’re going to do it well,” he said.

Having so many visitors also will be good for local businesses, especially restaurants and hotels, Hicks said.

Hicks and Senior Pastor Dr. Bill Langley started the local program after running it at a church in Fort Worth, Texas.

Celebrate Recovery gives people an important resource for getting through difficult issues and knowing they’re not alone. It isn’t meant to replace therapy or other recovery resources, Hicks said.

“They deal with it, and they’re going to get on the other side of it,” he said.

All people are trying to figure themselves out, so it is against program guidelines to be judgmental, Hicks said.

“We’re not there to fix each other,” he said.

The anonymous, confidential program draws participants from Leitchfield, Bardstown, Brandenburg and other communities, Hicks said.

Hicks said leaders at Severns Valley want the church to have a regional appeal and reach people for Christ.

“It’s an honor to be able to do this for our community,” he said.

SevernsValley’s Celebrate Recovery program meets from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays at the church.

For more information about the program, visit the church’s website at www.svbc.com.

Anyone interested in participating in the program is encouraged to call Hicks at (270) 765-7822 to set up a meeting with him.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.