Celebrate Recovery


Living in a broken world we all deal with life’s hurts, hang-ups, and habits. No one has the ability, nor should they attempt to face their hurts on their own. Celebrate Recovery is a beautiful community of strugglers that courageously enter this safe and beautiful space to get honest about our pain, and the negative ways we may see ourselves, God and others. In this process we come to accept that some of the habits we may have developed to escape our pain has caused destruction in our life and those close to us.  

Celebrate recovery is a biblically balanced approach to help bring sustainable recovery and healing to our hurts. It guides us toward new healthy truths and life-giving habits as we repair our broken relationships. Join more than 7 million hurting people across the globe who now walk in freedom through the power of Jesus Christ as we walk through the 8 principles of celebrate recovery based on the Beatitudes in Matthew 5.

Read below to see some of the issues people find freedom from in Celebrate Recovery.

Anger - Codependency - Eating Disorder - Food Issues - Love & Relationship Addiction - Physical, Sexual, and/or Emotional Abuse - Drug Addiction - Alcoholism - Sexual Addiction - Gambling Addiction - Childhood Dysfunction - Grief Mental Health

Don’t see the issue you’re struggling with? Don’t worry many CR’s have Mixed Issues groups. Learn more about Mixed Issues Group.

They will begin gathering at First Wellsville UMC June 15th at 7pm. The first Thursday of the month there is a potluck dinner at 6pm. 

Job Posting for Young Adult Ministry Coordinator

Wellsville First United Methodist Church, 
79 Madison Street, Wellsville, NY 14895

Mission Statement: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations……., and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20

Vision StatementTo live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and be God’s love with our neighbors in all places. So that at the name given to Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Disclaimer: This position will evolve as the young adult and youth ministries develop. This body of believers is committed   to support and provide assistance and resources to develop this ministry. Must work closely with the lead visionary pastor and adapt as this develops. We desire a one-year commitment as we have a long term commitment as this successfully evolves.
Estimated salary:  

•    Must be a person of Christian commitment with a personal relationship with Jesus. 
•    Preference would be given to a person with a degree, specialized training or experience.
•    High energy with integrity.

•    Ability to support and embrace United Methodist church ethos and doctrine. 
•    Work alongside the clergy, staff, leadership and laity to implement the mission.
•    Agree to become safe sanctuary trained and follow the safe sanctuary policy of this body of believers. Be familiar with child abuse prevention and reporting methods
•    Submit to church required background check.
•    Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to clearly and concisely present ideas and concepts to multiple audiences.
•    Able to engage all forms of social outlets and work with all current technology. 


•    Provide a plan and structure for faith development in the lives of young adults and youth.  
•    Coordinate and lead activities involving fellowship, Bible study, worship, outreach, and special events.
•    Provide a plan and structure for weekly gatherings when a group has been identified as committed to gather regularly 
•    Create a safe environment for all to grow and mature in faith 
•    Maintain visible presence in the community by networking using all resources available.    
•    Maintain attendance records of all events
•    Be a direct reflection of who God is calling the Wellsville First UMC to be. 
•    Attend Sunday worship service
       o    Revive children’s area. 
       o    Lead Children’s church during traditional worship service 
                   Recruit and equip a second person to be present during children’s church. 
•    Work with congregational leaders to invite, equip, support and manage adults and parents to serve in children, youth and family ministry.
•    Attend administrative council Meetings (ex-officio Ad. Council)
       o    Present a monthly report of ministry. 
•    Prepare an annual budget
•    Communicate regularly with families and community through variety of means 
       o    including print, social media, email and verbal. 
•     Create and encourage opportunities for young people and families to serve and live out faith in community including regular outreach, monthly mission.

Supervisory Relationships:
•    This position is directly accountable to the Senior Pastor with weekly communications and or meetings. 

•    The Staff Parish Relations Ministry Team at 90 days, six months then yearly. 

Please send your resume and cover letter with three references to ensuring you use the cover letter as an opportunity to tell us why you want to be a part of this ministry at the Wellsville United Methodist Church and what your availability would be should you be our candidate of choice. This position will be posted until we find the right congregational fit for the opening. References include one personal, one employer and one professional. Examples may be an educator, clergy person, mentor, supervisor etc. 
Revised: 2/9/23


Ad Board Response to Vote May 11, 2023

A vote was taken by the Ad Board on Thurs., May 11, whether or not to enter into the discernment process for disaffiliation from the United Methodist Church with this body of believers. The results of the vote were 3 Yes, 6 No and 1 Abstention. Therefore, we will not be entering into the discernment process. The Ad Board has agreed on the following 3 main reasons for this decision:

  1. We don’t believe it’s the proper time, as we don’t know what changes there will be made to the Book of Discipline in the future. It feels like the cart before the horse.
  2. We believe it may cause interference with God’s movement here in Wellsville. Entering the process would take all our focus and resources from the mission.
  3. We are concerned it may do more harm to this church body at this time.

We acknowledge there is risk in this decision, but move forward in trust in the Lord.