Eleventh Step Guidance Meeting “Big Book” Format

Eleventh Step Guidance Meeting “Big Book” Format from Big Book Sponsorship

Part 1

Good (morning) (afternoon) (evening) my name is ____________ and I will be your facilitator for this Eleventh Step Guidance Meeting.

Please help me open this meeting with a moment of silence followed by the Serenity Prayer.

(Serenity Prayer)

I have asked ___________ to read a portion of the “Big Book” on prayer and meditation:

(Read pages 86-88 from the “Big Book.”)

We have a 7th Tradition. There are no dues or fees for membership. We are fully self-supporting through our own voluntary contributions. Our needs are simple, a place to hold our meeting and literature to help carry the message.

(Pass the basket)

We will now take a ten-minute “quiet time” for the purpose of making contact with the “Spirit of the Universe” and receive guidance right now.

(Ten-minute “quiet time”)

Now, we will go around the room asking that you share only what you have written without embellishment or explanation. If you haven’t written anything down, please “pass.”

(If a person starts to explain his or her guidance or starts talking about whatever is on his or her mind, please direct the person back to sharing guidance by saying something like, “I’m sorry to interrupt, but I must ask you to share only what you’ve written down during your ‘quiet time.’ Thank you.”)

(After everyone has had the opportunity to share…)

Is there anyone who heard something during the sharing session that he or she feels was directed towards them in addition to the person who shared it? If so, please tell the group, without identifying the person from whom you received the guidance, what it was that you heard. This is three-way prayer-God speaking to us through others. If this has happened to you, please raise your hand.

(Have those who raise their hands share their examples of three-way prayer.)

I would like to thank each of you for participating. Whether you shared guidance or listened to others share their guidance, you have taken Step Eleven.

Remember, we recover by the steps we take, not the meetings we make! We will close this meeting with the…

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