Bucks County CPA Meeting Format


Welcome to the Bucks County Meeting of Chronic Pain Anonymous.  My name is ______ and I live with chronic pain and/or chronic illness.  Let's begin the meeting with a moment of silence, followed by the Serenity Prayer:

GOD, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

This is an open meeting of Chronic Pain Anonymous, everyone is welcome to attend.  Before we begin, please silence all cell phones.  Zoomers, please mute your microphones when not sharing, and be courteous when using the chat box.  

Would someone please read the CPA Preamble:

Would someone please read the 12 Steps of CPA:

[Chairperson reads Tradition of the month and Declaration of the month].

Let's introduce ourselves by first name only, if you are new to the group or to CPA, please let us know so we can welcome you.  [If there is a newcomer, the last 15 minutes of the meeting will be made available for newcomers to share or ask questions].  

Are there any CPA related announcements?

Our group conscience meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month.

Our Seventh Tradition states that every CPA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.  Donations can be made on the CPA website at chronicpainanonymous.org.  Books, pamphlets, and meeting materials are also available on the website, and pamphlets on the table are free.  

This is a literature/ discussion meeting, and we are currently on page ______ in Stories of Hope.  I will review the sharing guidelines, and then ask for a volunteer to read the story and share their experience.  

Sharing Guidelines for this meeting:

Would someone like to read the story on page ____?

CLOSING

Thank you everyone for participating.  By working the 12 Steps of CPA as a group, or with a sponsor or co-sponsor, we are able to recover from the debilitating effects of chronic pain and illness.  

Tradition Twelve states, “Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.”  

What you hear here, when you leave here, let it stay here!

We will now close with a moment of silence, followed by the “We version” of the Serenity Prayer:

GOD, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.