So, let me ask you a question…. as you’ve been making your way along your journey, have you ever thought or said to yourself, “I’m at that point in my recovery where I want more… I wanna go deeper”… have you ever said that?
That’s exactly how the Get In The Car Group of A.A. in Grapevine, TX was born.
One of our founders, Rick W., was on a business trip in Oklahoma City and met a friend of his at his friend’s home group one evening. That group was a Men’s Big Book study called the “Altered Boys” Group which meets at Chapel Hill UMC, 2717 W. Hefner Rd.
From the moment Rick entered that church, he had an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for the greetings he received by the vast majority of the 75 men in attendance. Each of those men had a big book in their hand (mostly falling apart), smiles on their faces and a joyous heart that was palpable. The unique style and format of this meeting was unlike anything Rick had ever experienced to that point in his over 30 years of recovery.
The study was filled with shares by men who clearly knew our book, but more than that, had put into practical application the spiritual principles found in our program of action. The love, generosity and humility in that meeting gave Rick a whole new understanding of “attraction rather than promotion.”
While there were many cool things that happened during that meeting, the most profound thing he experienced was at the end of the meeting. As soon as the Lord’s Prayer was finished, every single one of those 75 men came to the center of the room, took a knee, put their hands on each others shoulders and put a member of their group who was taking his Third Step that night in the center of the room – and said his Third Step Prayer with him. It was the most powerful thing Rick had ever experienced IN an A.A. meeting.
He came back home and that experience stayed with him. He started sharing it in his network (specifically with the two other founding members, Terry C. and Aaron P.). Finally he was told, “Remember what our literature tells us, “WE CREATE THE FELLOWSHIP WE CRAVE.” It was in that moment that the fire was ignited and other interested A.A. members started coming together to discuss the possibility with him. Lot’s of prayer, lots of conversations with respective sponsors happened, and on June 18, 2018; 13 members of A.A. (from various groups around the area) came together to begin the conversation.
God doing for the group what it couldn’t do for itself – everything started to unfold and on January 4, 2019 – the Get in the Car Group of A.A. will hold it’s first meeting at Center of Unity, 1650 Hughes Road Grapevine, TX 76051 (map). We are grateful beyond measure to bring this deep and rich experience of the 12 Steps (Recovery), the 12 Traditions (Unity), and the 12 Concepts of World Service (Service) to Grapevine, TX.
May God continue to bless our journey as we share our program of action with the still suffering alcoholic.