Meeting Readings & Formats
How It Works
FROM ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS - CHAPTER 5
THE TWELVE TRADITIONS OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.
For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.
Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.
Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films.
Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
Copyright 1952, 1953, 1981 by A.A. Grapevine, Inc. and Alcoholics Anonymous Publishing
(now known as Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.)
All rights reserved.
More About Alcoholism
FROM ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS - CHAPTER 3
FROM ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS - CHAPTER 6
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Beginners Meeting Format
May we have a moment of silence, to do with as you wish, followed by the Serenity Prayer:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Please silence your mobile phones & electronic devices and refrain from using them for the duration of the meeting
This is an open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, we are glad you are here, and in keeping with our Third Tradition, which states that the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking, we ask that all who participate confine their discussion to their problem with alcohol. Non-members are welcome to attend, but we ask that you do not share.
North Hall is a fellowship founded by LGBTQIA+ members of Alcoholics Anonymous. All are welcome here, and all are respected here. We have several meetings every day. See me after the meeting if you would like a list of meetings.
Newcomers & Beginners are essential to A.A.’s health and growth. This is a meeting designed to help you understand many of the things that are done and said in our regular meetings, so that you can feel more comfortable in those meetings. Some of the things we do in this meeting, such as answering specific questions and defining terms, are not done in our regular meetings. Everything any speaker or other member says is their own experience.
In the spirit of Confidentiality, which we call Anonymity, we share only the spirit of the messages we hear in Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings, not the specifics or person we heard it from. It is important for our sobriety that we respect the anonymity of all who are present and we ask that you remember: “Whom you see here, What you hear here, When you leave here, Let it stay here”.
Are there any newcomers, in their first thirty (30) days of sobriety, who would care to introduce themselves by their first names only, in order that we might get to know you better?
Welcome. We are glad you are here. If you would a list of meetings here please see me after the meeting
Is there anyone who has completed their first 30, 60, 90 days: six months or nine months within the last week?
Is there anyone here celebrating an annual birthday for the month of ________?
Is there anyone here from groups outside the Sacramento area who would care to introduce themselves?
Are there any non-A.A. guests?
I have asked ___________ to read a portion of Chapter Three, "More About Alcoholism" from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.
That was our dilemma and what brought us to A.A. I will now begin to read the solution to our problem as proposed in Chapter Five, “How it Works.” and we will pass this reading around
I will now begin to read the 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous and pass it around
The Jr Secretary will now conduct the 7th tradition
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After our speaker, and the discussion portion of the meeting, we allow a few minutes at the end of the meeting for the Promises & Sponsorship resources. At this time, I would like to introduce ______________ as our chairperson.
I have asked ________ to our Ninth Step Promises