COVID -19 UPDATE
June 28, 2020
WHAT TO EXPECT IN JULY:
Thank you all for being so gracious and flexible as we introduce new changes to our services. For July still encourage you to use the outdoor lobby and let our hospitality team handle the coffee for you. We will not yet proceed with Crossroads Kids programming, but the nursery (birth to age 2) will be open and we'll invite ages 3 through kindergarten to play outside with us during the message.
May 24, 2020
As we prepare to meet in person again starting June 7th, here are some changes we can expect as we prioritize the safety of our community. If you'd rather read than watch a video, more information is included below.
SERVICE TIMES: 9 & 10:45am (notice the 15 minute shift for the second service).
ONLINE STREAMING: The 10:45 service will be streamed online on our Facebook and Youtube.
ENTRANCE & EXIT: Pay attention to the signs as you walk in our doors, we have marked one set of doors for entering and one for exiting to help the flow of traffic into and out of our building.
OUTDOOR LOBBY: We streamlined our usual lobby so it is more open. To provide more space, we will have a tent set up outside for people to be able to gather outdoors as well.
HOSPITALITY: We will not be serving fruit and donuts just yet, but instead of self-served coffee, our hospitality team will be serving you from behind the counter. Simply let them know what you would like. They will be wearing masks and gloves for the safety of our community.
HAND SANITIZING STATIONS: We have new hand sanitizing stations in various places around the campus. They can be found at the entrance/exit doors of the building, the doors of the Worship Center, and across the lobby.
MASKS: People can certainly wear masks if they would like to, but they are not mandatory.
THE WORSHIP CENTER: Instead of rows of chairs, you can expect groupings of chairs according to family sizes.
WAYS OF GIVING: We will not be passing an offering plate. Instead, we have Tithe & Offering boxes at the back entrances of the worship center. These are locked and secure, so drop your offering (and communication card if you filled it out) in the box on your way in or out. You can also use your phone to give online at our website.
CROSSROADS KIDS: There will be no Crossroads Kids classes just yet. Tables are set up in the back of the Worship Center for our families to be able to entertain their children with activities. One table per family please. If you're comfortable, Kindergarten and younger will be invited to the Big Room during the message part of the service for learning or energy-burning activities. If the weather is nice, we will take them outside to the playground.
QUIET SPACES: If a parent needs a quiet space to get away with their child, each of the four classrooms in the Crossroads Kids corner will have a TV streaming the sermon. Shut the door when you're using a room and you won't be disturbed. Just leave it open when you're done so others can use it.
CROSSROADS STUDENTS: Make sure your a part of the Crossroads Students Facebook page. We will most likely be meeting outside throughout the summer.
LIFE GROUPS AND GATHERINGS USING THE CAMPUS: At this time, we ask that any group meeting on our campus use the conference room or the lobby, as our classrooms are currently being used to serve our community by The Learning Tree. If the group is pretty large, we advise the lobby for a bigger space. We also ask any groups to refrain from having meals together during the time.
May 7, 2020
March 18, 2020
June 7th is our target date to start up our in-person gatherings again! We'll let you know as we get closer if that date is not permitted, but for now it's our plan. In coming weeks, we will update you on how church will look different to follow health guidelines and prioritize the safety of our community.
For the time-being, The Learning Tree will still be functioning as a Pandemic Center to offer childcare for Essential workers. If you are an essential worker in need of childcare, give them a call at (419) 229-5484.
To say the least, the current condition our world is in is unprecedented in our lifetime. We know that the increased illnesses and health concerns breaks our Father’s heart. We are reminded that the Lord is close to those who mourn and are brokenhearted and is aware of our sufferings (Psalm 38:18, 56:8).
However, as we discussed on Sunday (in our online church format), we do not face these concerns without hope. Our hope is firmly planted in the trustworthiness of God to be our shepherd --- this is grace.
Out of a desire to love our neighbors well and care for those who are at risk for infection, we have decided to suspend all our in-person gatherings for the time. We are prayerfully watching how this continues and our desire is to be able to meet in person again soon --- we are confident we will :).
While we are suspending our in-person gatherings, we are encouraging each of us to stay connected. I heard Dr. Amy Acton speak about the importance of “social distancing” in order to help mitigate the spread of the virus. Later, she clarified and introduced a better terminology – not “social distancing” as much as “physical distancing”. The point is clear (and true) --- we need connection even when we may not be able to be physically present.
We met as a staff and agree that we want to foster more areas of connection even in times when we may need to experience physical distance.
Here’s some ways we hope to stay connected during this unprecedented time:
Be sure to call/text/Facetime people
Small groups may want to try “Google Hangouts” as a free video chat with whole groups
Engage online during our virtual services. We will be hosting online services for the next few weeks, engage/watch/listen and talk with others about what you are learning.
We will be broadcasting a Facebook Live conversation on Thursdays at 3pm to talk about faith, apprenticeship, ways we can love our neighbors well, etc.
Consider giving online. Though our in-person gatherings are suspended for a time, we encourage you to continue to practice generosity and the worshipful practice of giving. You can give online safely and securely. If you would rather, you can also mail in your offering to the church office.
Children/Youth. Pastor Jake has some ways for our young people to stay engaged as well. Above all, use this extra time as a family to play, pray, read, laugh and be together. While it certainly is not a vacation anyone would want, take these moments to create fun memories.
Get fresh air. It is amazing what just a little fresh air/walk outside/play a game of corn hole will do for your emotional health.
March 14, 2020
After much conversation and prayer we have decided to move our services for tomorrow (3/15) to an online format at 10:30am. While our government hasn’t mandated this, they have asked us to minimize potential exposure and gatherings to be less than 100. We do not make this decision based on fear (in fact the message is about growing the the grace of trust). Rather this is a way for us to love our neighbors well. You can still give your tithe online. Please join us at 10:30 on Facebook. We will also have it embedded on the homepage of this site.
All in person events are cancelled or postponed.