Celebration Ministries


Celebrate Women

On Saturday, April 19, “a new day dawned” for over 50 women in our first Celebrate Women event at the Bridge of Life Center in downtown Hagerstown.   Representing 17 different churches in the area, women came together to embrace the theme “A New Day Dawns,” drawn from Isaiah 60: 1-3… “Arise, shine for your light has come.”   We enjoyed a light breakfast.  The praise team from Full Life Family Ministries led the worship followed by personal testimonies of changed lives, a fun interacting activity, and an overview of Celebrate Recovery and Celebrate Kids.  The keynote speaker encouraged each of us to realize the beauty that God has provided us as women, both inside and out.  The morning closed with Faithful-Faithful is our God led by Sandy Berry and her praise team, “I’m reaping the harvest God promised me, take back what the devil stole from me, for I shall recover it all…”

Many thanks to everyone who had a part in launching our first Celebrate Women Day, and a special thanks to  Pastor Terry and Linda King for graciously providing the facility and helping in so many ways.   Our next event is planned for Saturday, July 26, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon at the Bridge of Life Center, 14 S. Potomac Street in Hagerstown. 

More details will be posted closer to the date.  Please plan to attend and celebrate with us what God is doing in the hearts and lives of the women in our city! 


Celebrate Men

On May 3, 2008, the men of Celebrate Recovery went on their monthly hike in God’s great outdoors.   The trail of the month was the C&O Canal trail from Big Pool to Fort Frederick.   We enjoyed the beautiful weather, the many turtles sunning themselves, and especially the camaraderie. 

 One unique feature of this hike was a teaching on the importance of receiving words of affirmation and blessing from your father (your earthly dad).   Everyone needs to hear positive words, like “I believe in you,” “you’re a great kid,”  “good job,” etc.   We heard about the importance of a blessing in the Bible and how disappointed Esau was when Jacob “stole” the blessing from their father that was rightfully his.   It must have been hard to grow up in a dysfunctional family where parents (Isaac and Rebekah) were playing favorites.   Young men (and women) long for acceptance, and when they don’t get it from their fathers, they search elsewhere.   Intimacy is difficult so marriages suffer.  Regretfully, many of our fathers never received a blessing from THEIR fathers – they may have even received a curse.   But GOD, the perfect father, wants to turn any curse into a blessing.   He wants to fully adopt us as a SON (Ephesians 1:5).   He values us and searches us out (Matthew 18:12-14).  He wants to bless us and His blessing is worth much more than any from our earthly father (Psalm 91).

 Following the teaching, each man was offered the opportunity to receive a blessing from God, by walking up the nearby hill, and being anointed with oil and prayed for by three of the Celebrate Recovery leaders.   Many received prophetic words.   All received words of affirmation and blessing.  One even received a new name from the Lord.  

 The special time together concluded with each man receiving the blessing (from Psalm 1:3):  (Jim) “will be like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in its season; its leaf does not wither, and in whatever he does, he prospers.”  

Celebration Ministries Bus

Celebration Ministries has been blessed with a 15 passenger handicap accessible bus. The bus is primarily used for Celebrate Recovery Hagerstown making it possible for those without transportation to be able to attend. If you live in the Hagerstown Area and would like to attend Celebrate Recovery Hagerstown call 301-393-4377.

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