Reaching out to those who need and want help
Recovery from alcohol addiction often happens in finding meaning and purpose through interaction with others in various stages of their own recoveries. An essential St. John’s outreach is to provide spaces where these private group interactions, conversations and recoveries into more healthy life styles can take place.
Several Alcohol Anonymous and Al-Anon groups meet daily and weekly in St. John’s facilities. These groups are totally autonomous and not affiliated with the religious practices at St. John’s or any other organized religion.
AA is an international mutual aid fellowship founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith in Akron, Ohio. AA states that its primary purpose is “to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.” With other early members Wilson and Smith developed AA’s Twelve Step program of spiritual and character development. AA’s Twelve Traditions were introduced in 1946 to help the fellowship be stable and unified while disengaged from “outside issues” and influences.
There are three Alcohol Anonymous groups meeting every Sunday and on every Monday and Thursday weekdays.
In addition to the AA groups, another organization Al-Anon also gathers at St. John’s on Sundays. Al-Anon is a worldwide fellowship that offers a program of recovery for the families and friends of alcoholics, whether or not the alcoholic recognizes the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help.
St. John’s Secretary Diana can be reached in the church office at 937-866-3780 and will put you in touch with the leaders of these groups for more information.