AV SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS
Those familiar with secular programs may well ask “Why have christian support groups?” We believe that Jesus is the higher power!
“Therefore God has highly exalted him (Jesus) and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” —Philippians 2:9-11
We meet in His presence with other struggling addicts to discover what God’s word (the Bible) teaches about addiction issues. In a comfortable and confidential setting, we speak freely about our relationship with Jesus and explore our spiritual condition. Christians are not immune to addictive behaviors; isolation and hiding our problems from others add to our burden of shame and guilt which greatly hinder personal healing and spiritual growth. Those unfamiliar with the good news of the Gospel are encouraged to earnestly seek a personal relationship with Jesus through faith and repentance.
Monday 7:00pm | Pittsfield, Grace Church Congregational, 1055 Williams St., Pittsfield, MA, Dave (413)344-6893
Wednesday 7:00pm | David City, Men’s Meeting, Butler County Detention Center, 451 N 5th St., David City, NE 68632, Ted or Lon, (402)563-1096 (Closed for program participants only)
Wednesday 7:30pm | Columbus, Women’s Meeting, Columbus Rescue Mission, 1471 25th Ave, Columbus, NE 68601, Carolyn or Ted (402)563-1096
Thursday 6:45pm | Columbus, Men’s Meeting, Columbus Rescue Mission, 1471 25th St., Columbus, NE 68601, Ted or Lon (402)563-1096
Friday 8:15pm | York, Men’s Meeting, Living Water Rescue Mission, 1471 25th St., York, NE, Chaplain Hawk (402)362-0127
Monday 11:00am | Woodbury, Inspira Medical Center - Behavioral Health Unit, 509 N. Broad St., Woodbury, NJ 08096, Chic, Jim or Chuck (856)418-1796 (Closed for Inspira Patients only)
Monday 7:00pm | Barrington, Men’s Meeting, Grace Bible Church, 887 Clements Bridge Road, Barrington, NJ 08007, Bob (856)816-0432 or George (609)238-0105
2nd Monday of Month 7:00pm | Barrington, Meeting open to men and women who have friends and family members struggling with addiction, Grace Bible Church, 887 Clements Bridge Road, Barrington, NJ 08007, Kathy (856)261-5878
Tuesday 7:30pm | Woodbury, Gateway Christian Church, 751 Delaware St., Woodbury, NJ 08096, Tom (856)845-8444
Wednesday 10:00am | Barrington, Women’s Meeting, Grace Bible Church, 887 Clements Bridge Rd., Barrington, NJ, 08007, Ginny (856)228-1226
Wednesday 1:00pm | Williamstown, Biblical Weight Management (group meets twice a month-call for schedule - No meeting July & August), A ministry of Trinity Christian Chapel, Sewell, NJ, Nancy (856)629-1628
Wednesday 6:30pm | Camden, Hope Hall-VOA, 676 Fairview St., Camden, NJ 08104, Ben (856)366-3425, (Closed meeting for program residents only)
Wednesday 7:00pm | Audubon, The Lord’s Home, 6 Britten Ave., Audubon, NJ, 08106, John (856)425-1171 or Bruce (856)899-8326
3rd Wednesday of the Month 7:30pm | Atlantic City, Atlantic City Rescue Mission, 2009 Bacharach Blvd., Atlantic City, NJ 08401, Leo (856)332-0265, ACRM (609)345-5517 (Closed meeting for program residents only)
Thursday 7:00pm | Hammonton, Men's Meeting, Victory Bible Church, 816 South Egg Harbor Rd., Hammonton, NJ 08037, Chris (609)567-4466
Thursday 7:00pm | Westville, “Hope for All” at Blessed Hope Community Church, 115 Andaloro Way, Westville, NJ 08093, Charlie (856)845-2968
Thursday 7:30pm | Turnersville, Calvary Chapel - Gloucester County, 5360 Rt-42, Turnersville, NJ 08012 (behind Wendy’s), Phil (609)410-3276 or John (856)981-1491
Friday 12:00pm (Noon) | Camden, “Faces of Change” at Riletta Cream Library, 852 Ferry Ave., Camden, NJ 08104, Lucy (856)577-4220
Saturday 8:15am | Audubon, New Covenant Community Church, 255 Edgewood Ave., Audubon, NJ 08106, John (856)546-0344
Saturday 10:00am | Sewell, Men’s Meeting, Fellowship Bible Church, 590 Jackson Rd., Sewell, NJ 08080, Ed (856)535-7798 or Jim (856)278-0758 (in rear - gym entrance)
Thursday 7:00pm | Brooklyn, Fellowship Baptist Church, 2929 W. 20th St., Brooklyn, NY 11224, Elijah (718)265-0519
Thursday 7:00pm | Yorkshire, C.H.O.I.C.E.S. (A Ministry of Central Baptist Church), Central Baptist Church, 12109 Old Olean Rd., Yorkshire, NY 14173, Steve & Melanie (716)353-3686
Thursday 7:00pm | Hornell, Grace Ministry (A Ministry of Alfred-Almond Bible Church), 265 Main Street, Hornell, NY 14843, Joe & Mary (607)324-4035
Monday 6:30pm | Mayfield Heights, Cornerstone Community Church, 1400 Lander Rd., Mayfield Heights, OH 44124, Fred & Lauri (440)442-6470
Thursday 7:00pm | Beaverton, Southwest Hills Baptist Church, 9100 SW 135th Ave., Beaverton, OR 97008, Mitch (503)475-0722
Sunday 1:00pm | Fairless Hills, “Abundant Life” at Calvary Full Gospel Church, 676 Lincoln Hwy, Fairless Hills, PA 19030, Billy (215)588-4325, (mtg in Power Room)
Monday 7:00pm | Philadelphia, “Addictions Victorious” at Joy of Living, 4445 Penn St., Philadelphia, PA 19124 (Frankford), Billy (215)588-4325
Tuesday 6:30pm | Philadelphia, “Addictions Victorious” at The Last Stop, 1810 E. Somerset St., Philadelphia, PA 19134, Billy (215)588-4325
Wednesday 6:00pm | Fairless Hills, “Abundant Life” at Calvary Full Gospel Church, 676 Lincoln Hwy, Fairless Hills, PA 19030, Billy (215)588-4325, (mtg in Power Room)
Thursday 7:00pm | Philadelphia, New Hope Philly, 5520 Woodland Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19143, Bill (215)444-6727
Friday 7:30pm | Newtown, Grace Point, 592 Washington Crossing Rd., Newtown, PA 18940, David (215)203-6950 or Kelly (267)980-7728
Saturday 9:45am | Southampton, “Family Support Group” at Davisville Church, 325 Street Rd., Southampton, PA 18966, David (215)260-3858 (Room 201)
Saturday 10:00am | Southampton, “Life Recovery” at Davisville Church, 325 Street Rd. Southampton, PA 18966, Mark & Michele (215)757-8821 (Room 202)
Saturday 10:00am | Philadelphia, Hope House - TTR (2nd & 4th Saturdays), 2117 S. 9th St., Philadelphia, PA 19148, John (856)723-2543
HOW TO START AN AV SUPPORT GROUP
Evangelical Christian churches or ministries must submit an Addictions Victorious (AV) Application along with their Doctrinal Statement.
DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE
The individual(s) identified on the Application as the AV support group(s) facilitator(s) must meet the following requirements:
Have more than twelve months of total abstinence from any previous addiction(s).
Be actively involved and in good standing at a Christian church or ministry that is seeking to partner with AV.
Provide at least three (3) spiritual character references (with contact information).
Complete the AV designated self-study discipleship training curriculum with verification to the Executive Director or designated representative before the AV support group(s) commence.
Attend other AV meetings prior to launching an AV support group(s) at their home church/ministry (if there are AV meetings in the area).
The Application is reviewed by the Executive Director and/or designated representative shortly after it has been submitted. The Board of Directors will approve or request further information of the applicant in a timely manner.
Once approved, the Executive Director will contact the individual(s) that are leading the AV support group(s) to help prayerfully organize the commencement of the group.
We do not seek to exercise control over affiliated AV support groups, but rather encourage them to function independently, under the oversight of the local church/ministry leadership. The role of AV is one of "coming along side" to provide training, biblical resources, assistance with treatment facilities, and to serve as a central coordination point for our network of affiliated groups.
There is no affiliation fee to be listed in our network, as we are a totally "free will" supported ministry. However, we do encourage our hosting churches/ministries to consider AV in their Missions giving or with special offerings when prompted by the Lord. Additionally, Good Standing Certificates are issued annually for AV support groups that participate in our annual fundraising event and/or send a support donation in the previous year.
WHAT ARE OUR MEETINGS LIKE?
A warm and friendly atmosphere that provides loving support and fellowship. We engage in genuine confidential sharing and caring, coupled with the study of Scripture and intercessory prayer. We also encourage and assist one another with building healthy relationships and connecting with a local church thereby expanding the sphere of support resources to nurture ongoing accountability and spiritual maturity for the addict.
NEWCOMERS ARE SHOWN THAT:
There is a vital spiritual element connected with their physical struggle.
The addiction(s) that have them tightly bound are also symptoms of a much deeper spiritual problem.
Ultimate freedom, lasting change, and total serenity can only be totally obtained through the pathway of the heart/soul.
Victory over the struggle with addiction is found by humbly surrendering their heart entirely to God’s amazing grace (gift) and through trusting fully in the redemptive work of Jesus.
Through an understanding of the biblical perspective on addiction, anyone who struggles with addiction can learn how to let Jesus transform their heart from the inside as they “put off the old self and put on the new self …” —Ephesians 4:22-24
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
AV is for those desiring to be free from the bondage of any kind of addiction in their own life or a loved one or friend whose life is adversely impacted by the destructive consequences of addiction. Our meetings are open to men and women of all ages who are seeking lasting change in their lives. There are also AV groups that are focused on the loved ones and friends of addicts.
"Anyone in bondage to the rule of a substance, activity, or state of mind, which then becomes the center of life, defending itself from the truth so that even bad consequences don’t bring repentance, and leading to further estrangement from God.” —Edward T. Welch, A Banquet in the Grave
Common addictions include such things as substances (alcohol and drugs), tobacco, sex, pornography, gambling, pleasure, food, sports, work, success...etc.
“But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.” —Romans 6:17-18