A new perspective on aftercare
An important aspect of a successful recovery program is aftercare. Often, in secular avenues, this encompasses follow-up visits, phone check-ins, or guidance to “the next step.” At Covered Bridge, we prepare for aftercare early in the process.
A Christ-centered recovery involves many lifestyle changes. The church becomes a vital component in aftercare. God-honoring relationships are built within the church through weekly services, faith groups, Bible studies, and other meetings. During this time, a new community is developed beyond the “family” that grows within the house during the stay at Covered Bridge. This close kinship is the focus of “phase 4 & 5” of the program. Ideally by this point in a residential stay, the resident is firmly established within the church — sometimes in multiple areas! God willing, this continues past the point of graduation.
Officiating Michael and Kristine’s wedding was a real joy. It was such a blessing to be able to see the fruit of discipleship and reconciliation. My prayer is that they live out their lives as faithful servants of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; that they become an example of the power of God, His Word and the Holy Spirit’s power to rebuild and restore a family. If you were at the wedding and heard them exchange their heartfelt vows, it was a WOW moment to hear such love, commitment, confession, and forgiveness. God was truly honored in this marriage ceremony.
Pastor David Piers-
With fall here, our house begins a very full volunteering season trying to help others get ready for the snow season!
The men at Covered Bridge have also been busy working at a newly opened school in Sutton. We have helped people move, done landscaping, prepared firewood, and generally been assisting in whatever else came our way (within reason!).
We’ve been blessed to have two of our men involved with weddings this month! What blessed memories!
We pray our Brother Ryan will join us again at the end of the month— God willing.
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This year’s Giving Tuesday lands on November 29th. Although it has not been announced yet, Facebook usually has a matching gift program, and we will be attempting to join that again. Stay up-to-date here on our website, and we’ll announce it as soon as we know!