Celebration Place is the official children’s program for Celebrate Recovery and offered to children in Kindergarten through 6th grade. This Christ-centered curriculum mirrors the lessons taught in Large Group for adults. We refer to it as our “Pre-Covery” program. We strive to partner with parents to help break the cycle of dysfunction destroying so many of our families.
A night in Celebration Place is broken down into six parts:
Free Play The primary purpose of Free Play is to offer children an opportunity to build friendships. Free play at the beginning of each night allows children to transition from the business of the day into Celebration Place.
Worship Worship is important because it helps children connect with God. Children learn we show our love to God through praise and worship.
Teaching Time During teaching time leaders presents recovery principles and Biblical truths in ways children can understand. As leaders in Celebration Place, we get to partner with parents in teaching children the principles of recovery.
Small Group Using the journal page, we help children identify their feelings and the reason why they feel the way they do. As children learn to identify and talk about their feelings they become better able to connect with others, reducing feelings of isolation. Small groups give children a chance to share their prayer requests and to pray for each other.
Centers In our centers, children learn how to apply the principles taught during the main lesson. A Center might be a game, activity, or craft to help children experience a main point of the lesson. This keeps the night fun and the children engaged.
Closing In the closing leaders reiterate the main points of the lesson and familiarizes children with the Serenity Prayer by reciting a version of it.
Through Celebration Place, children experience the love of Jesus as they learn how to love themselves and others while they grow in their own relationship with God. They also learn healthy coping skills for life’s tough issues.