Aldersgate UMC in Augusta started The Table Recovery Church in May of this year to support those dealing with addictions, afflictions, and compulsive behaviors. Each Sunday at 11:30 a.m., The Table features a simple lunch, a short message on one of the 12 Steps, and open sharing.
Recovery involves not only overcoming the physical and psychological but also becoming spiritually strong. That’s why The Table is more than an AA meeting (although they strongly encourage participation in other recovery programs). The Table Recovery Church highlights the scriptural basis for each of the 12 Steps and connects people to Jesus the healer.
Attendance usually averages about a dozen people, with the number of consistent attendees increasing each month.
“God is clearly moving in the room as you can tell how meaningful this is in the moment for each attendee,” commented the Rev. Brett DeHart, pastor of Aldersgate UMC.
Initial funding for The Table came from a $2500 Dinner Church start-up grant from the North Georgia Conference.
You can keep up with The Table at www.TableRecoveryChurch.com.