The Landing is a place where teens can be real. It is a Christ-centered, fun environment where teenagers can learn to understand and deal with their hurts and break unhealthy habits. Life as a teenager can be difficult. The Landing is a safe community where young people learn to live a free, healthy, and God-centered life.
Sundays 1:00 – 3:00pm
3360 Middle Cheshire Rd
Canandaigua, NY 14424
We meet on Sundays in a space called “The Box” at Crosswinds Wesleyan Church. Here’s our schedule!
- 12:30pm – check in and hang out
- 1:00pm – eating food and having fun
- 1:30pm – worship and teaching
- 2:30pm – small group discussion
- 3:00pm – finished with our time
About The Landing
Our MISSION is to guide teens in their relationship with Jesus so they can know God and make Him known.
Our VISION is to partner churches with the community to help teens experience the love of Jesus and life transformation in a safe, Christ-centered environment.
We Live Free
What do we do? We live free from the baggage and earthly bondage of this world through a growing relationship with Christ. Principle 3 commands us to consciously choose to commit all our life and will to Christ’s care and control (Matthew 5:5 “Happy are the meek.”) In Step 3, we made a decision to turn our lives and wills over to the care of God as reflected in Romans 12:1, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, which holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship.”
We Live Full
In the truth that once we are free, the void of our hurts, habits and hang-ups are replaced and filled with the promise and hope found in Jesus Christ. To do this, we look at Principle 7 which directs us to reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will (Matthew 5:10 “Happy are those who are persecuted for they do what God requires.”) In Step 11, we seek through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out (Colossians 3:16 “Let the message of Christ dwell in you richly.”)
We Live Faithful
By sharing our story with others. Principle 8 tells us to yield ourselves to God to bring the good news to others, both by our example and by our words. And having had a spiritual experience as the results of these steps, in Step 12, we try to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
We succeed when we pursue our full Kingdom potential in our schools and in our communities. We want to reach others and teach them what it really means to live in Christ, then encourage and release them to tell others their story and lead alongside us within the Landing.
Meet some of our Landing Leaders
Karen serves as a pastor on staff at Crosswinds and the ministry leader for The Landing. Through participating in the Celebrate Recovery ministry, Karen has experienced the real life changes that can happen through working the 12 Steps and the 8 Biblical Principles. She has experience working with teens in student ministry for many years and desires to see them overcome the hurts, habits, and hang-ups they are facing. Karen shares the teaching responsibility and leads the middle school girl’s small group at The Landing. Karen loves spending time with her family, playing guitar, and watching football.
Molly is a break out group leader as well as the worship leader. From personal experience, Molly knows the significance of removing the weight of hurts, hang-ups and habits and replacing them with the freedom found in Christ. The Landing and Celebrate Recovery continues to help Molly to recognize the denial and grief from her past and accept God's promises of everlasting joy and peace that only He can give. Molly loves spending time with her family, running, and playing with her puppy!
Elijah serves as the Technical Director at Crosswinds and is in charge of all things tech. At The Landing, he helps lead worship and break out groups. The 12 steps have really helped him in his life and he loves to share that with others and watch them grow.
Betty serves as the Executive Pastor at Crosswinds and also serves at our Tuesday night student ministry, Rooted. Betty has been involved in the leadership of Celebrate Recovery for the last 12 years. She has been praying for The Landing for the last several years and is very excited to bring her experience to this program. Betty shares the teaching responsibility as well as leading the group for new comers. Betty enjoys spending time with her family.
Tim is a leader at our student ministry for middle school students on Tuesday nights and has been involved in the leadership of Celebrate Recovery for the last 12years. Tim has a personal understanding of the chains of addiction and has a passion for helping teens find their freedom in Christ so those chains are broken sooner. Tim serves as one of our boy’s small group leaders and helps in the kitchen. Tim enjoys martial arts and is an avid Green Bay Packers fan!
12 Steps & 8 Principles
The 12 Steps
We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.
“For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” – Romans 7:18
We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” – Philippians 2:1
We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.” – Romans 12:1
We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
“Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.” – Lamentations 3:40
We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” – James 5:16
We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” – James 4:10
We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9
We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” – Luke 6:31
We made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” – Matthew 5:23-24
We continue to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” – 1 Corinthians 10:1
We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us, and power to carry that out.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” – Colossians 3:16
Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and practice these principles in all our affairs.
“Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore them gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.” – Galatians 6:1
The 8 Principles
Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable. (Step 1)
“Happy are those who know that they are spiritually poor.” – Matthew 5:3
“Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.” – Matthew 5:10
Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that He has the power to help me recover. (Step 2)
“Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” – Matthew 5:4
Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. (Step 3)
“Happy are the meek.” – Matthew 5:5
Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust. (Steps 4 and 5)
“Happy are the pure in heart.” – Matthew 5:8
Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects. (Steps 6 and 7)
“Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires.” – Matthew 5:6
Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others when possible, except when to do so would harm them or others. (Steps 8 and 9)
“Happy are the merciful.” – Matthew 5:7
“Happy are the peacemakers” – Matthew 5:9
Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will. (Steps 10 and 11)
Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and my words. (Step 12)
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.