Manukau Recovery Church

Manukau Recovery Church

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Interesting story how I ended up @ Manic Recovery church 2nite . . . So I was heading to an NA meeting in Newlynn from Hendo (Henderson) where I'm staying @ the momo & got anxiety & carried on all the way to Manukau cos I was thinking where can I go that would give me peace but also that I can get some wellness so you guys we're that option although expensive ride the peace I knew would be worth it . . . So anyways I got the mean "Noodle Canteen" dinner & was saving it till I got to Manukau over an hour's ride out . . . Anyways I get off at Manix & I'm like "Yes!" Pop open my "Noodle Canteen" dinner & boom I see a bunch of young people & felt that voice tell me to give it to them 🤦🏽‍♂️🤣🤣 so I didn't nah I did lolz they were like thank you sir & I was like 😒 for calling me sir lolz but then I was like 😏 cos yeah they was hungry . . . I got blessed by a certain captain who dropped me off home later with mc Donald's anyways and I got to watch one of my fellow residents graduate and another one lead the worship & hung out with spiritual whanau . . . & That's my story hori 💯
Yet another awesome night tonight @ Manix Rec Church 💯
Come on people. Recovery church Thursday. Where are you all. We need to support each other and Fraser.
Fraser you`re awesome and I love how passionate you are. I just wish there was a better following out South
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As sore as my body was I had a really good worship tonight @ Recovery Hahi thanx whanau 💖 . . .
Was great to have Fraser back.
In saying that Cass, Brent and Marlene thanks for your contributions in Fraser absense
COMMUNITY REVOLUTION IN PROGRESS

IF WE STAY FOCUSED ENOUGH ON OUR OWN PERSONAL WELL BEING AND JOURNEY,
THEN OTHER'S WILL SEE OUR GROWTH AND THE MANY CHANGES WE GO THROUGH,
NO MATTER WHAT THE STRUGGLES MAYBE WITHIN OUR LIVES,

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE PEOPLE AND WIDER COMMUNITY,
PEOPLE NEED PEOPLE 💯💯💯

NGAMIHI SALVATION ARMY BRIDGE PROGRAM 🧡 💙🧡 💙🧡 💙
kia ora
Kirimete on do bass Recovery Church Manukau
Recovery Church Manukau
Mills way to go sis
4 July 2017
Awesome night at Manukau Recovery Church
Fellowship and sharing is caring Amen

A weekly gathering of those recovering from addictions where all who attend BELONG in a journey of trusting in a Higher Power. Since its beginning in August 2016, Manukau Recovery Church has existed for those in early recovery from addiction and who are currently engaged in the 8 week intensive treatment (Stage Two) of the Manukau Bridge Programme.

Operating as usual

16/10/2018

Tonight’s theme of Willingness features two men sharing one of their poems each (Alex and Grant) – a spiritual gift in Recovery. It was also a joy to celebrate clean time with Simone (6 months) and Sash (8 years!). Our action for the evening was to chose one of NA’s 16 Spiritual Principles and be willing to practice it through the week, with our intension written on a piece of paper to put on the fridge. We were so well supported as always with our musicians and singers led by Colin. There were visitors in the meeting – recovery Church chaplains from 5 other towns around the country.
Willingness

The decision we made in Step Three requires that we move away from our self-will. Self-will is composed of such characteristics as closed-mindedness, unwillingness, self-centredness and outright defiance. Our self-centred obsession and its accompanying insanity have made our lives unmanageable. Acting on our self-will has kept us trapped in a continuous cycle of fear and pain. We wore ourselves out in fruitless attempts to control everyone and everything. We couldn’t just allow events to happen. We were always on the lookout for ways we could force things to go as we wanted.

Essential to working the Third Step is our willingness to allow the God of our understanding to work in our lives. We develop this willingness over time. The willingness we experience in our early recovery is valuable even though we may be willing only to a certain degree. Although this may feel like unconditional willingness, many of us have discovered that our willingness grew as we learn to trust a Power greater than ourselves.

Adapted from NA It Works How & Why 26, 27

11/09/2018

Tonight at Recovery Church we celebrated three graduations. Ned was first up and Faye gave him a karanga, Then Anesh spoke in front of his wife and children before Rhyes spoke, greeting the four generations of his family as well as receiving his 60 days Bridge tag. Three children ran around collecting money for the two Peruvian girls Recovery Church sponsors, to the theme tune of ‘Mission Impossible’. The theme of the meeting was “On Active Service” as in Step 12. Jess and Martin both spoke well on how important service is to their recovery. We did play the You Tube clip of ‘Help it forward’ as posted to the Group yesterday.

05/09/2018

This week we celebrated with Makiroa her Graduation with a significant number of members of He Waka Eke Noa. She mouthed the haka and sang the waiata along with this Recovery Roope with an unforgettable smile on her face. Josh told of his GIFTS OF RECOVERY along with the theme for the evening.

The greatest gift

When we begin coming to meetings we hear other addicts talking about the gifts they have received as a result of this programme, things we never thought of as gifts before. One such gift is the renewed ability to feel the emotions we had deadened for so long with drugs. It’s not difficult to think of love, joy and serenity as gifts, even if it’s been a long time since we’ve felt them. But what about “bad” feelings such as anger, sadness, fear and loneliness? Such emotions can’t be seen as gifts, we tell ourselves. After all, how can we be thankful for things we want to run away from?

We can become grateful for these emotions in our lives if we place them in their proper perspective. We need to remember that we’ve come to believe in a loving Higher Power, and we’ve asked that Power to care for us – and our Higher Power doesn’t make mistakes. The feelings we’re given, “good” and “bad” are given to us for a reason. With this in mind, we come to realise that there are no bad feelings, only lessons to be learned. Our faith and our Higher Power’s care give us the courage we need to face whatever feelings may come up on a daily basis.

As we heard early in recovery, “Your Higher Power won’t give you more than you can handle in just one day.” And the ability to feel our emotions is one of the greatest gifts of recovery.
From NA’s Just for Today

28/08/2018

Tonight at Recovery Church we celebrated two significant milestones in Recovery with Annette receiving 60 days and Anesh 6 months. The theme was on GRATITUDE with most of us contributing a one-liner about one thing we were grateful for today. We coped with mp4 music as the band is in recess for a couple of weeks. Both Grant and Liz shared about the place of gratitude in their Recovery. Grant especially spoke about coming to a place of gratitude after one year (to the minute of his starting to share) when he suffered his stroke that left his eyesight significantly impared.

05/08/2018

Last week’s Recovery Church had the theme ‘Up from Rock Bottom’ with Colin W sharing on his experience. He talked about 12 years of hell in addiction, thinking on several occasions that he had hit his rock bottom. But then, eventually thinking “my using was not that bad” and ending up relapsing severely. This pattern of behaviour continued for the first seven years of his twins life, where he would go AWOL for months and when he did return was not PRESENT when present. His ‘epiphany’ came when one of his 7 year old twins said, “Stop this daddy!” Something broke within Colin and he wept uncontrollably, no longer able to dig any deeper because he had reached ‘rock’! This was when the first three Steps were put into practise and a new life was ‘born’.

We did not all come over on the same ship, but we were all in the same boat.
Italian Bernard M. Baruch

As we listen to others’ stories and tell our own, we see roads into the programme are different. Some of us hit rock bottom. Others were spared the worst catastrophes, getting the message of recovery early. In the final analysis we are all in the same boat with our powerlessness.

The differences are superficial. There is no higher or lower status for anyone in our programme. When it comes to the power of our addictions and codependencies, we are equally in need of help from our Higher Power.

Perhaps there was a time when we felt totally alone with our problems. But we were alone just like thousands of others needing recovery.

We can turn to our brothers and sisters in the programme knowing that they are in the same boat, and they will understand. No one else provides that kind of healing relationship.

I am grateful for the closeness I have with others who are in the same boat with me.
Hazelden TOUCHSTONES Aug 16

05/08/2018

Two weeks ago, at Recovery Church we were privileged to celebrate the Graduation of Ioane and Scout (complete with haka) with family and friends supporting.

We ran out of time last week for Grant to share and so he had the opportunity on this occasion. The backdrop depicted “No Back Door” indicating that if we leave a ‘back door’ open in our Recovery, we are likely to slip out that door into relapse. The picture is of a woman who is on her way out the back door having so many “But’s….” in her life!

The concept of a back door is when we want to give ourselves a little escape route back to our old patterns of using. Another analogy for a back door is a hand gr***de. When we are thinking about relapse, we are taking a hand gr***de, ready to pull the pin (relapse) hoping there will be no casualties when the explosion happens. Examples of locking our back doors were from Colin who has a system of detailed accountability and Toby who has taken himself off Facebook for a year. There were too many ‘friends’ falling over and triggering with their pity potty entries.

20/07/2018

This past Recovery Church we were privileged to celebrate the Graduation of Duke and Praneel (complete with haka) and milestones in Recovery: Lakhwinder (30 days), Scout (60 days) and Dwayne (3 years). What a night!!

The backdrop this past Recovery Church depicted “No Back Door” indicating that if we leave a ‘back door’ open in our Recovery, we are likely to slip out that door into relapse. The picture is of a chap contemplating whether to do this or not. The ‘but’ refers to knowing within ourselves if there are any thoughts that could develop into ‘what the heck, back I go’. Grant did not have time to share his thoughts on this and so will do so this coming week.

“Relapse is never an accident.
Relapse is a sign that we have a reservation in our programme.”
– a back door! N A Basic Text 76
A reservation is something we set aside for future use. For some of us, in our case, a reservation is the expectation that, if such-and-such were to happen, we will surely relapse.
What event will we expect will be too painful to bear? Maybe we think that if a partner or lover leaves us, we will have to use and get high. If we lose our job, surely, we think, we will drink or use. Or maybe it’s the death of a loved one that we expect would be unbearable. In any case, the reservations we harbour give us permission to use when they come true – as they often do.
We can prepare ourselves for success instead of relapse by examining our expectations and altering them where we can. Most of us carry within us a catalogue of anticipated misery closely related to our fears. We can learn how to survive pain by watching others in our Recovering Community, live through similar pain without using. We can apply their lessons to our own expectations. Instead of telling ourselves we will have to get wasted if such-and-such happens, we can quietly reassure ourselves that we too, can stay clean and sober through whatever life brings us today.
Just for Today:
I will check for any reservations that may endanger my recovery and share them with another addict.

Adapted from: Just for Today
World service Office 1991
February 19 Reservations pg 51

11/07/2018

WE have the theme of "connections last evening at Recovery Church. Before we get to share one of the readings we had there were celebrations to be had. Nikki and Luke graduated and received their Certificates in front of family, friends and all of us who were there to support them. Steve P received his 5 years Recovery Cert and RobT his 9 years. Rob later shared later how important staying connected to teh Recovery Community has been over this time.

The WEB

As I walked through the bush one morning during autumn,
I came across a perfectly formed spider’s web bright with dew.
The delicately woven strands reminded me that
as we live and work… we spin out the thread of life
that connects and supports us all.
The web of support that joins me to my friends is like a lifeline.
Sometimes I can almost feel it – tiny golden threads
tying my heart to the hearts of others.
My passion for life… fuelled by theirs.
And my life is never the same.
I am a porous being.
There are spaces in my soul like the open places in a web.
Other people pass through me.
I am changed and sometimes I am born again
to a whole new way of being, of understanding myself
my work, and the world.
The dreams we spin need to be tied to something.
The spider’s web I saw was attached
to the graceful curve at the end of
a wild blackberry cane.
As we live and work together we can create and maintain
a web of connection that will support us all.
By Jeanette Stokes.

11/07/2018

It was great last evening to celebrate two Graduations (Nikki and Luke) and two significant milestones in Recovery (Steve P 5 years and Rob T 9 years. Rob shared how important it has been to him these past 9 years since himself Graduating from the Bridge, to stay CONNECTED to the Recovery Community in its many forms across Auckland.

Here is the reading from last evening:

‘The web’

As I walked through the bush one morning during autumn,
I came across a perfectly formed spider’s web bright with dew.
The delicately woven strands reminded me that
as we live and work… we spin out the thread of life
that connects and supports us all.
The web of support that joins me to my friends is like a lifeline.
Sometimes I can almost feel it – tiny golden threads
tying my heart to the hearts of others.
My passion for life… fuelled by theirs.
And my life is never the same.
I am a porous being.
There are spaces in my soul like the open places in a web.
Other people pass through me.
I am changed and sometimes I am born again
to a whole new way of being, of understanding myself
my work, and the world.
The dreams we spin need to be tied to something.
The spider’s web I saw was attached
to the graceful curve at the end of
a wild blackberry cane.
As we live and work together we can create and maintain
a web of connection that will support us all.
By Jeanette Stokes.

03/07/2018

Last evening's Theme was "Deeply Loved". Two features were the reading below and considering that once accepting we are Deeply Loved by our Higher Power, we are then able to Deeply Love ourselves as explained in this link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMeEKBaiPbg&t=331s

With Kindness and Love

‘… that I led them, pulling their wagons with cords of human kindness, with ties of love:
that I lifted him, like a baby, to my cheek, that I bent down to feed him.

Hosea 11:4 (RSV & MSG)

We have all experienced a variety of leadership styles. We may be the most familiar with either the chaotic leadership of leaders-who-don’t-lead or the rigid leadership of leaders-who-control-inappropriately.

Because we are so familiar with these dysfunctional leadership styles, we may not expect God’s leadership to be helpful. Sometimes we worry that God cannot be trusted to lead effectively in times of crisis or uncertainty. But God does not feel uncertain about his role as leader. He will lead us. God is familiar with this landscape. He has charted these waters. He knows how to find waterholes in the desert and he can find trails in the trackless wasteland. He can be trusted to lead.

God will lead us, but not with heavy-handedness and control. He does not drive his followers with threats and punishments. He leads us with kindness and love.

God is pictured in this reading as a nurturing, attentive, kind parent. He lifts the constricting burden off our neck and replaces it with an invisible connection called kindness and love.

Recovery Bible pg 967 Dale & Juanita RYAN

05/02/2018

Waitanagi Day

Yes Recovery Church is hapening at Manukau this evening at normal time of 7:00pm with two Graduations and a brief look at how the Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi apply to our Recovery.

22/01/2018

Come join us this evening. Always a joy to share in GRADUATIONS from Manukau Bridge Programme, to look into the reality of our topic and challenge ourselves to practice this principle in our recovery.

30/12/2017
25/12/2017

”(This Jesus) will be called: Wonderful Counsellor (Hope), Mighty God (Joy), Everlasting Father (Love), Prince of Peace (Peace)” Isaiah 9:6 (NLT)

Prayer:
God of my understanding, thank you for bringing PEACE into the dark world of my addiction through the light of Jesus’ coming as a baby. I trust you to build with me a life in Recovery that will bring SERENITY in the choices I make today. Amine

24/12/2017

”(This Jesus) will be called: Wonderful Counsellor (Hope), Mighty God (Joy), Everlasting Father (Love) … )” Isaiah 9:6 (NLT)

Prayer:
God of my understanding, thank you for bringing LOVE into the dark world of my addiction through the light of Jesus’ coming as a baby. I trust you to build with me a life in Recovery that will bring deep respect for You, Myself and Others who suffer today, Amine

23/12/2017

”(This Jesus) will be called: Wonderful Counsellor (Hope), Mighty God (Joy)….” Isaiah 9:6 (NLT)

Prayer:
God of my understanding, thank you for bringing JOY into the dark world of my addiction through the light of Jesus’ coming as a baby. I trust you to build with me a life in Recovery that I will experience deep JOY – a gift to myself that I can then share with others who suffer today, Amine

22/12/2017

”(This Jesus) will be called: Wonderful Counsellor (Hope),….” Isaiah 9:6 (NLT)

Prayer:
God of my understanding, thank you for bringing HOPE into the dark world of my addiction through the light of Jesus’ coming as a baby. I trust you to build with me a life in Recovery that will bring HOPE to others who suffer today, Amine

[12/21/17]   🎄Christmas at Recovery Church🎄
We had an awesome Tuesday night.
Fabulous readings and joyous carol singing 🎶
The focus was helping each other through this festive season.
Lots of fun too with a chocolate🍫 competition.
Beautiful strawberries and ice cream 🍨🍓 for supper.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank wonderful Brent and Marlene 💝💝.
Merry Christmas everyone and a very Happy 2018.
Always remember "Keep coming back, it works if you work at it and I'm worth it, we are all worth it"! 💜
See you all in the new year, stay safe.

18/12/2017

The candles of Christmas represent Love, Hope, Peace and Joy that the Christ child brought - all the gifts we can claim in our Recovery. This evening we reflect on the Story along with our plan to keep ourselves safe over this extended period where the country goes on holiday but our addiction doesn't.

04/12/2017

Tonight at Recovery Church we will be exploring the reality of ‘Cross Addiction’. This is where we may try abstinence in one area of our lives, only to find we are substituting other addictive substances and behaviours. One of the meditations we will be sharing is from Robert Weiss:
“Whatever the addiction—alcohol, drugs, or a compulsive behaviour—the motivation behind it is the same. Addicts want to feel better, which actually means they want to feel less. Addictive substances and behaviours all happily oblige by altering brain chemistry in ways that temporarily distract the addict from uncomfortable emotions, stressful situations, and underlying psychological conditions. Unfortunately, the result is always the same in the end: a pattern of destructive behaviour that negatively impacts all aspects of life.”

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