My name is___________________, I’m an alcoholic and I am the leader for this meeting.
Leader read (or ask someone to read) THE OPENING PRAYER:
Our Father, we come to you as a friend. You have said that wherever two or three are gathered in your name, there you will be in the midst. We believe you are here with us now and this is something you would have us do, and that it has your blessing. We pledge with you always to be honest and to search our hearts for weaknesses and errors that we may deserve your help. We believe that you want us to be real partners with you in this business of living accepting our full responsibilities and certain that the rewards will be freedom, growth, and happiness. For this we are grateful. We ask you at all times to guide us; to help us daily to come closer to you, granting us new ways of living and of gratitude, Amen.
Leader Read PREAMBLE
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and to help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
A reminder before we ask about birthdays, visitors and newcomers: please unmute yourself if you would like to share a birthday, identify yourself as a visitor or let us know if you are a newcomer.
- It is also the custom of this group to ask if there are newcomers. We define newcomers as people in their first 30 days of sobriety. We would be grateful if you would introduce yourself by your first name only. This is not meant to embarrass you but rather to give us a chance to get to know you better. Are there any newcomers?
- Are there are any visitors from outside the L.A. area?
- Are there any alcoholics attending this meeting for the first time?
- Are there any AA birthdays we can help celebrate?
- Ask someone to read: A Portion of Chapter 3, More About Alcoholism
- Ask someone to read: A Portion of Chapter 5, How it Works
- Ask someone to read: The Twelve Traditions
- Leader shares BRIEFLY what it was like, what happened, and what it’s like now. (experience, strength, and hope) 5 to 10 minutes
If the meeting takes a break – this is the time for the 10 , minute break. Use a timer.
- Ask the secretary or treasurer to post the basket for the 7th tradition. We have no dues or fees in A.A., but we do pay our own way. In accordance with the Seventh Tradition, your contributions will be greatly appreciated. The money you put in the electronic basket helps pay rent for our physical location and our use of zoom. You can Venmo your contribution to
Please share that Venmo account name in the chat window for everyone.
- We have reached the sharing portion of our meeting. If you’d like to share, please unmute and introduce yourself before sharing. Limit your share 3 to five minutes. The topic suggested by our leader is _____. The meeting is now open for sharing.
Suggested to use timer so more member have an opportunity to share.
5 minutes before the meeting ends, ask the secretary for their announcements
Ask the group for ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS announcements.
Ask someone to read The Promises or A Vision for You and lead us in a closing prayer of their choice.