Shift – Fridays
BBQ: 5:45 PM -6:30 PM (optional for small suggested donation)
Program: 7:00 PM (Worship and Teaching)
Issue-Specific/Gender-Specific Small Groups: 8:00 PM
Community Time: 9:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Shift is designed for adults 18 years and older.
Shift Kids Childcare
Ages Birth – 11 years (For safety reasons, children ages 12 and up must be accompanied by their parent or guardian at all times.)
Check-in begins at 6:30 PM and rooms open at 6:45 PM; pick up by 9:00 PM
$3 per child or $5 per family
Please stop by our new comers table so we can introduce ourselves, provide directions and answer your questions.
During the 8pm Small Group hour we recommend you attend our Men’s or Women’s 101 class that is offered as an introduction to our program. One of our key leaders will explain Shift, our guidelines for small groups, the small groups themselves, and will then answer any other questions you may have.
Lafayette Campus Step Study
Step Studies are separate from Shift, but are the heart of Shift; it is where the hard work of an individual’s recovery is done. It is our hope that all Shift participants will go through a Step Study at least once, but attendance at Shift is not required to participate in a Step Study.
Step Study Groups are gender-specific but with mixed recovery issues. They provide an opportunity to work through the 12 steps using a Christ-based 12 step workbook. The step study is offered in addition to Friday night Shift, which is extremely helpful in recovery success.
A Step Study Group is facilitated in a two-hour format and will take about 15 weeks to complete.
Childcare is not available for the Tuesday night Step Study program.
Our next Step Study will begin in August 2017. Please check back here in July for specific information and registration.
Small Groups at Shift
Our small groups are a vital part of learning how to live life a better way. In small group, we share honestly about the circumstances of our lives, and we confront the obstacles we face in applying the 12 steps. We also share our experience, strength, and hope with each other and gain perspective and support in making the necessary changes to have healthier, happier lives. Most of us have the issues that allow us to “fit” in to more than one group. To start, we suggest you go to the small group that seems to be the most obvious choice for you.
We have Small Groups for:
(Shift small groups are issue-specific/gender-specific)
- Codependence: To help individuals learn how to be less affected by what other people say, think, or do and to learn healthy ways of processing circumstances to maintain a God-centered life. (The group addresses issues such as people pleasing, avoiding conflict, controlling and manipulative behavior, and an unhealthy dependence on relationships and/or desire for perfection.)
- Significant other/Marital issues: To help individuals in marriages / committed romantic relationships change their patterns of thought and behavior that contribute to the difficulties in their relationship. The group works primarily on the codependent, controlling, and manipulative behavior used in these relationships.
- Chemical Issues: To address dependence to alcohol and/or other drugs and the issues that surround chemical abuse.
- Sexual Issues (for men): To address the use of pornography or other inappropriate sexual activity. These behaviors can not only lead to the loss of relationships, jobs, and peace of mind, but can also make healthy, loving relationships with a woman nearly impossible.
- Mental health / Chronic Pain: To address issues of depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder and other mental health issues; to learn how to live with chronic physical pain and still maintain hope and joy so as to not completely rob us of opportunities to live meaningful and fulfilling lives.
- Food Issues/Body Image (for women): This group is to help women who struggle with compulsive overeating, body image, starvation, excessive exercising, bingeing, purging, bulimia or anorexia nervosa.
How does the small group function?
Anonymity and confidentiality are a must. Sharing is focused on our own thoughts and feelings (I, me). No fixing and advice giving. Limit sharing to 3-5 minutes. No cross-talk. No offensive language. Group sharing is encouraged, but not mandatory.
- We admitted we were powerless over our dependencies, that our lives had become unmanageable.
- We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God.
- We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
- We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
- We made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
- We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will; so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next.