The two greatest commandments are to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves (see Luke 10:27). And we are to do good, especially among believers (see Galatians 6:10). And we find that good relationships are especially important in a diverse community!
For these reasons, we are committed as a church to be sure that everyone experiences being included in our body. There are multiple ways that we try to help people do that. During the Covid Pandemic, we are having to do things a bit differently, yet the goal is the same.
So we encourage you to take advantage of these things:
Note that we have an expanded version of this document that is available to those who are currently attending Crossway. For more information, contact Pastor John firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worship Service: Greeting Time and Snack Time
Each Sunday, we intentionally take time to welcome each other. This can seem like a small thing, yet we believe it is a very important time. We encourage people to make connections with people who might be outside of their normal circle of friends. Often it happens in the face- to-face connections before, during, and after our worship service. Sometimes this happens on Zoom before and after the worship service. Either way, we take seriously the opportunities these connections provide.
Roughly once a month, we eat a meal together after church. People bring their own favorite foods to share, and we have a wonderful meal together and get to know and enjoy each other around a table with great food!
Weekly church emails
Roughly once a week, we send out emails with news and announcements for the church to keep you informed about upcoming church events and activities, and to help prepare for the worship service on Sunday morning. To sign up to receive these emails, please fill out this online form: http://tiny.cc/cmccontact
Learning more From Our church website
Our church website (crosswaymchurch.org) has many great resources! In particular:
You can watch/listen to/get notes from recent sermons
Check out the online calendar
See resources such as a glossary and discipleship guides
Videos and descriptions of our core values
Resources for people exploring membership or just wanting to more about the church
In the members section (password available from Pastor John) you can find:
Our constitution and by-laws and current budget
Board meeting summaries
The online church directory
We have a password protected online directory with pictures to help us get to know each other. We invite everyone who regularly attends Crossway to be included in this directory.
Request access from Pastor John: email@example.com
To be added, please send a picture of yourself or your family (we would be glad to help arrange a picture), along with your names, and whatever contact information you are willing to share, including your phone number(s), email(s), and mailing address. Send it to Pastor John: firstname.lastname@example.org
Daily Bible reading
We encourage everyone to be reading the Bible on a regular basis. One way we do that together is by following a shared plan of which chapters to read each day. You can download a copy of this plan at https://crosswaymchurch.org/discipleship-guides/. You can also sign up to receive a daily text or email with a link to the Bible passage.
We have a wonderful ministry among children, pre-school through 5th grade. We include kids in our worship services, and also provide a time specifically for kids in place of the sermon.
Life Groups are small groups that meet at various times during the week, whether online or (as COVID restrictions allow) in person. These groups are a combination of 1) caring for each other, 2) studying the Bible together, usually as a follow up to the message each Sunday), 3) growing in cultural understand, and 4) serving beyond ourselves. Different groups are made up of different ages and life situations, and some are just men or just women or mixed.
To learn more, contact Pastor John at email@example.com.
Serving with others
- Another great way to get connected is by serving with other people on one of our ministry teams. Different roles have different requirements, so reach out to the contact person to learn more. Here are some possibilities:
- Set-up and tear-down team
- Sound system and worship technology
- Serve with the music team
- Serve with Crossway Kids
- Serve with the greeters ministry
- Serve with the helps ministry
- Serve with the external ministry team