Grove church reopens for AA meetings

An empty meeting room at St Andrews in Grove will soon host AA meetings again

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the cancellation of many Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings nationwide, and that includes the 4-State area.

Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Grove, Oklahoma shut down earlier after the Episcopal bishop of Oklahoma ordered the closing of all Episcopal churches in the state.

But the bishop is now allowing church leaders to use churches at their discretion, and the leader at Saint Andrew’s says he’ll allow the AA meetings at his church to continue because they save lives.

“Last Friday when I had to hang the notices on the door, and at that point the notice said that all meetings are cancelled, I met some of the folks coming for a meeting. As they were approaching the door, I explained to them what was going on, and the look of despair was very apparent on their faces,” said Father David Bridges.

Alcoholics Anonymous of Southwest Missouri and the Kansas City Area Central Office AA both have 24 hour hotlines dedicated to helping people find available meetings in their area.

You can find a link to Alcoholics Anonymous of Southwest Missouri here and a link to the Kansas City Area Central Office AA here.