Another milestone in the history of the battle against addiction to alcohol, drugs and other harmful behaviours in Wales takes place on October 28.
Living Room Cardiff’s seventh annual Recovery Sunday will encourage churches not only to think about those suffering from various dependencies or addictions, to learn more about their situation, their needs and the help available, but also to encourage churches to do something practical to help.
This could involve a financial contribution towards the work. Others may take note of what is said in Hebrews 13,3: “Regard prisoners as if you were in prison with them.”
“The author of the letter to the Hebrews no doubt refers to a literal, physical prison, but on Recovery Sunday let us remember that addiction to alcohol, drugs, food, sex/pornography, gambling and other harmful behaviours is a prison for so many people today,” said specialist counselling consultant Wynford Ellis Owen.
“On this Sunday, we invite Christians to unite in prayer for those who are dependent and trapped in addiction, to ask God to help us to help them.”
The service was prepared by Reverend Margaret Le Grice and translated by Reverend Denzil I John (apart from the Church in Wales texts). The service is based on the 12 Steps programme of Alcoholics Anonymous.
You are welcome to use this service in English or Welsh. It can be downloaded here.