Recovery Church | The Salvation Army

You are here

Recovery Church

Recovery Church is a special place for an incredibly brave group of tāngata/people. People are welcome to come to Recovery Church if they are in recovery from addiction or traumatic experiences.

It is a safe, welcoming, positive and warm place. There really is a sense of community and a spirit of grace that provides a place to heal and grow.

Recovery Church is vital to The Salvation Army’s Bridge, Oasis, Accommodation and Reintegration services. The emphasis at Recovery Church is on honesty and acceptance. The only requirement is that people abstain from alcohol and other drugs on the day.

What to expect

Doubts and questions are welcomed. People can hold alternative beliefs, or no beliefs. Recovery Church is a place to belong, before you believe.

Testimony is raw, up-to-date and includes failures and everyday challenges.

Leaders are also appropriately transparent about their own life struggles. There is empathy for those who fail even after long-term recovery. Grace is extended.

Tāngata/people are encouraged to ‘come as they are’ to Recovery Church. There is no judgement.

Tāngata/people, including newcomers, are invited to join in by reading the Bible, prayers and reflections from The Recovery Bible.

Prayers are often simple but raw. At one service, a man stood up and said, “God, give me a break!”, then sat down again.

Recovery Church is not only for people who are in recovery from addictions. Tāngata/people also come to recover from traumatic experiences or situations. All are welcome.

Haere Mai! Nau Mai! All Are Welcome

No booking required, just come along. 

Recovery Church Whangarei. 3-7 Aubrey St, Regent, Whangarei 0112. Fridays 6pm. Phone: (09) 438 8335. 

Recovery Church Mt Eden, Auckland. 7-15 Ewington Avenue, Mt Eden, Auckland 1024. Tuesdays 7pm, Sundays 10am. Phone: (09) 630 1491.

Recovery Church Manukau, Auckland. 16D Bakerfield Place, Manukau City 2104. Tuesdays 7pm. Phone: (09) 261 0887.

Recovery Church Hamilton. 99 London St, Hamilton 3240. Tuesdays 5.45pm (coffee), 6pm start. Phone: (07) 839 6871. 

Recovery Church Taranaki. Corner of Powderham and Dawson Streets, New Plymouth 4310. Wednesdays 6pm. Phone: (06) 758 9338. 

Recovery Church Wellington. 4 Normanby Street, Newtown, Wellington 6021. Thursdays 7pm. Phone: (04) 389 6566.

Recovery Church Christchurch. 250 Colombo St, Sydenham, Christchurch 8023. Mondays 7pm. Phone: (03) 338 4436. 

Recovery Church Samoa. Salenesa Rd, Moto’otua, Apia, Samoa.  Thursdays 12pm. Phone: (00685) 840 0666.