Phone Meeting Format
Christian Food Addicts in Recovery Phone Meeting Format
Phone number: (712) 432-8808, pin 471545#
Intro: My name is..............................., a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, ................................................................, and your co-leader for this meeting.
Everyone is welcome at this meeting —people who want to explore their spirituality but are struggling with obsessive behavior and / or co-dependency. We welcome everyone here. We are non-judgmental. We share our personal experience, strength and hope using "I" or "for me" statements.
After a moment of silence, please join me in the long version of the Serenity Prayer. This group has voted to have the moderator lead the prayer while the members follow along reverently with their phones muted.
God, grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time,
enjoying one moment at a time,
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;
taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it;
trusting that You will make all things right
if I surrender to your will;
so that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.
As a Christian recovery group we believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, and many of us have found the 12 steps and their Biblical comparisons helpful. Therefore at this time, may we have 2 volunteers to read the 12-Steps and their biblical comparisons?
l. We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable.
"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out." (Romans 7:18)
2. We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
"For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose." (Philippians 2:13)
3. We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God.
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship." (Romans 12:1)
4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
"Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord," (Lamentations 3:40)
5. We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed." (James 5:16)
6. We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
"Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up." (James 4:10)
7. We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings.
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)
8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
"Do to others as you would have them do to you." (Luke 6:31)
9. We made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
"Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift." (Mathew 5:23-24)
10. We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
"So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!" (l Corinthians 10:12)
11. We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and power to carry that out.
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly." (Colossians 3:16)
12. Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
"Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. " (Galatians 6:1)
Since the Twelve Traditions contain the spiritual principles that keep 12 step support groups focused on their primary purpose, may we have a volunteer to read the tradition of the month and the 12th tradition?
Twelve Traditions — Short Form
1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon Christian Food Addicts in Recovery unity.
2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority — a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
3. The only requirement for Christian Food Addicts in Recovery membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively.
4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or Christian Food Addicts in Recovery as a whole.
5. Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry its message to the food addict who still suffers.
6. A Christian Food Addicts in Recovery group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the Christian Food Addicts in Recovery name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
7. Every Christian Food Addicts in Recovery group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
8. Christian Food Addicts in Recovery should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
9. Christian Food Addicts in Recovery as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
10. Christian Food Addicts in Recovery has no opinion on outside issues; hence the Christian Food Addicts in Recovery name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films.
12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
Visit our website, www.ChristianFoodAddicts.weebly.com. You will find the following information: The 12-steps with their Biblical comparisons, a list of additional Christian meetings, the play-back phone number to listen to recorded meetings, the format for this meeting, member phone numbers (accessible only with a password), and how to be added to our Facebook page.
The Christian Food Addicts in Recovery Intergroup meetings will be held the first Sunday of the month at 6:55 AM EST (after our regular meeting).
Phone Meeting Guidelines
1. When connecting to the bridge, you come in muted. In order to ensure a quiet meeting, please keep your phone muted at all times unless you are sharing. Press *1 to unmute, then *1 to mute again. Press * for other phone bridge instructions.
2. By group conscience we do not mention specific foods by name, or which food fellowship or church affiliation we belong to. We share the common denominator that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior.
3. Please no cross talk, which is speaking directly to another person rather than to the group, interrupting the person who is sharing, or speaking positively or negatively about a previous share. We want all to feel welcome here. We speak from our own perspective, using “I” or "for me" statements.
4. We would like everyone to have a chance to share at least once in three-minute increments, especially the newcomer if you wish to share. The timer person gently says the word "time" at 3 minutes. Kindly acknowledge the timer and wrap up your share at that time. Is there someone able to do service by keeping time this morning? *** (Moderator: Please ask for a bible reader at this time if needed).
Would everyone who cares to, please say your name and where you are calling from? (i.e., “Hi, I’m ____ from ____)
Heavenly Father, thank You for loving us and for this book and topic to study together. We humbly ask for your "Wonderful Counselor," the Holy Spirit, to guide our hearts, minds, and sharing, that we might hear the message you have for us and by Your power to apply it into the new lives you have given us through Your Son, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.
The focus of today's meeting is________________(name of book). Before we begin, we need a BIBLE READER. Is there someone who would be willing to do service by looking up the Bible verses in the text to read to the group as we go along? Any version is okay.... thank you!
Please turn with me to chapter number _____ . The sub-heading is ................... In my edition of the book it is on page _________. We will start on the _____ th paragraph, that begins with the words _____________. Who would like to begin there and read for us up to .......?
LIFE RECOVERY BIBLE: Turn with me to the Old / New testament Book ___________.
Would someone like to do service by reading the sidebar for this passage entitled ____________________ . It is located (on the same page / next page/ previous page...)
Closing (5 minutes before the end of the meeting)
It is now time to bring the meeting to a close. We will now MARK OUR BOOKS that we ended here at the ___th paragraph and will begin next week with the sentence ............
Does anyone have a brief "Burning Desire to Share" for one minute?
Is there anyone who hasn't identified themselves who would like to "Claim their Seat" by giving us your first name and where you're calling from so we can welcome you?
If anyone wants a phone number, we'll exchange numbers after the recording ends.
If you want the password to our phone list on the website, call Dory at 864-208-4770. If you want to add your name or remove it from the list, call Barbara in NJ, whose name is at the top of the phone list.
Does anyone have an announcement?
Remember we have other meetings on our website: www.ChristianFoodAddicts.weebly.com and a Facebook page: Christian Food Addicts in Recovery.
In closing, please remember our third tradition which states, "The only requirement for Christian Food Addicts in Recovery membership is the desire to stop eating compulsively."
Who would like to read Paul's Prayer for Spiritual Empowerment found in Ephesians 3:14-21?
When I think of the wisdom and scope of God's plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope. May he be given glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever through endless ages. Amen.
Thank you for being here and for sharing. We will close with the Lord's prayer. Will someone volunteer to lead us in the Lord's prayer in the expression of your choice?
Our Father who art in Heaven
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom and the power
and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Remember, "We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us." (Philippians 4:13)
Does anyone want a phone number? Please call out the name of the person you wish to contact.