Sunday The Bench Meeting Format


About 2 minutes before the meeting: “We need volunteers for the readings”.

How It Works Big Book Pg 58

A Vision For You Big Book Page Pg 164

I am now going to Mute the room.

Welcome to The Bench Meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous.

My name is ___________________. I am an Alcoholic.

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 A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. 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 help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety

Let's begin the meeting by 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.

__________________ has volunteered to read How It Works.

Is there anyone new to recovery that would like to introduce themselves?

Are there any recovery milestones tonight?

Are there any AA Announcements?

This group honors the 7th Tradition. Please make a donation to the central office by visiting www.aamilwaukee.com, or you can donate through Hand of AA by visiting the Hand of AA website and follow the PayPal instructions.

This is a topic meeting based on a phrase, sentence or paragraph from the Big Book. Tonight, I have asked ______________ to pick a topic from the Big Book and start the meeting.

Thank you so much _______________________ for your lead.

This is a one-hour meeting. We share in alphabetical order. Please keep your sharing to 2 or 3 minutes. At 10 minutes before the hour, we are going to a lightning round for the remaining people.

Thanks again _____________________ for the lead. We need a volunteer for next weeks lead. You will take a phrase, sentence or paragraph from the Big Book and give a lead to start the meeting. Do we have any volunteers?

To close the meeting, ______________ has volunteered to read A Vision For You.

We close with 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.