One of the most important services we are rendering in our church here is that of helping those unfortunate people who are in the grip of alcohol, a matter which is hardly ever spoken about or referred to either in family get-togethers or friendly gatherings. Members of Alcoholics Anonymous, popularly known as the AA members, are the only people who can competently deal with the subject as well as with those who are suffering from this deadly disease as all of them have personally gone through the mill and are sober today. The 12 Steps of Recovery are derived from the basics of Christian spirituality in many ways. This program is a tremendous source of healing for those in recovery. The shared conversations, vulnerability, mutual accountability and support doesn’t get any more real than this.
Our church cooperates with them in all possible ways in their attempt to become responsible members of the society. We have provided for them a meeting place in our church premises, and they regularly meet a couple of times per week, on Wednesdays and Fridays, from 7 to 8 in the evening, ever since Fr. Philip went out of the way to accommodate and enable them to hold their first meeting here on 25-8-1998. Regardless of their caste, creed, religion, region, language, education or socio-economic background, between 25 to 30 members of AA regularly meet here, whatever their situations or the weather conditions in Bangalore, and share their experience, providingstrength and hope for each other, so that they can become sober and continue to be so till the very end of their lives. Since anonymity is of paramount importance in AA, no probing questions are ever asked of anyone who walks into an AA meeting. One is free to walk in and also free to walk out at his or her own will and wish. For further information about AA program of recovery, you may contact Mr. Anthony D. at 9449410465 or the Church Office.