Change a Life: Mondays at Faith Center

Raising young kids is hard — especially when one has a severe ADHD diagnosis.  He has some severe behavioral patterns that escalate quickly, and often the cool-down process takes a while. Sometimes, like in many households, bedtime is an absolute war zone. It’s like they’ve forgotten that we just did this 24 hours ago.

When my oldest has hard days at school or at home, it usually carries over into bedtime and makes it exponentially more difficult. So tonight when it was time for the bedtime routine, it was interrupted by an outburst. This was the biggest outburst we’ve seen in quite some, and it was accompanied by some disciplinary action.

The cool-down process, surprisingly, did not take very long. In the process of cooling down and trying to get him back in a good mood, I joked about how my feet were stinky (which was the case; I’d been working all day). I thought he would just be 6-year-old-grossed-out, but instead, he said. “I have an idea. I want to do for daddy what Ms. Melanie did for me at nighttime church.”

He then started the process of getting a washcloth, a small towel, and a bowl of water. You see, a couple of weeks ago, at Celebration Place, the kids learned the story of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. Their feet were disgusting, and the King of kings humbled himself as a servant for his friends.

I’m so indebted to Celebration Place and the work they’re doing with our kids. I know my kids are tough on them (it’s no different than at home). But they love them unconditionally, and the smallest gestures in teaching a story reaches into their souls. 
I cried. My wife cried. His little heart showed through all of the hardships he endures on a daily basis. God revealed how he doesn’t make mistakes in his creation. He showed me that, despite the flaws and inadequacy I feel as a parent, God already had a plan for my kids.

My oldest may not have fully understood what took place tonight. But I did. God used him as a servant to my heart. And this is a night that will rest in my heart for a very long time.

– By a Celebrate Recovery Dad at Saddleback Church

Monday nights Celebrate Recovery offers childcare for infants-5 yrs. and Celebration Place (CP) for K-5th graders while their parents attend Celebrate Recovery meetings.

We love providing a safe, fun place of refuge for our children at Faith Center. Celebration Place is a unique ministry that reaches kids where they’re at- giving them a chance to work on their own hurts and hang ups in their lives. We have a team of incredible loving volunteers who work with these children, but we need more of them! We need more volunteers who will help with Celebration Place or child care one or more Mondays each month (or back up as needed).

Help lead the change in our community by transforming the hearts of children for Jesus.

Adults and teens interested in helping with Celebration Place or child care, please contact Lindsay Santche at (530) 559-0271 or Susan Jones at (707) 442-1784, ext. 211, or

Celebrate Recovery is held every Monday beginning at 6 p.m.
6:00 to 6:30 p.m. – BBQ Dinner ($3/adult, $2/child)
7:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Large Group General Meeting
(live music, recovery chips, and teaching or testimony)
8:00 to 9:00 p.m. – Open Share Small Groups

Find out more about Celebrate Recovery at Faith Center here.