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THE BIG DAY IS HERE!

By Barry Cameron
August 07, 2015

In Matthew 19:14, Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of Heaven.”

On Sunday morning our church family will open the doors to one of the most ambitious, spectacular facilities ever attempted by a local church, and it’s JUST FOR KIDS! In 2007 we began raising funds to expand our current facilities, thinking a wing would be sufficient to accommodate all the children God was bringing to Crossroads. Fairly quick our leaders realized adding a wing wouldn’t even come close, and the decision was scrapped from building two wings on our current building to instead, building two completely separate buildings. One for children. One for teenagers. Both would be 75,000 sq. ft. in size and would be solely for kids.

Half of that dream becomes reality this weekend as we open our new children’s building. It’s a magnificent facility, as you will soon see. When we began, our dream was to create an incredible, one-of-a-kind place that would be just for kids. But also a place that would make every parent wish they were a kid again. That dream has become a reality, and we can’t wait for our community to see it and experience it for themselves.

Here is a list of those who helped design and build this massive project:

Architects
HH Architects
Jerry Halcomb, Gary Kirchoff,
Nan Gammon, Jim Konowitz

Sculptor
Jeff, Loren & Clayton Gottfried
Donated by: Jim Perkins

Contractors
J.P. Barry Construction
Warren Barry, Lee Major,
Ron Flurry, David Dobson
Advantage Pest Control
Air Source Heating & Air Conditioning
Baker Drywall  
Blue Sky Sales
Buffalo Contract, Inc.
Burleson Air
Burton’s Mechanical, Inc.
Chas. F. Williams
Cleaver Electric
Cole Construction - Shawn Kohrman
Commercial Fireproofing
Corporate Floors, Inc.
Covenant Church Furniture
Communication Concepts
Fast Signs - Dan Phillips
Ford AV
Fuhr, Inc.
Goodall Industries
Graham & Associates, Inc.
Headrick Signs & Graphics
Hightech Signs
ISI Commercial Refrigeration, Inc.
JEA HydroTech Engineering, Inc
     Ed Gutierrez & Hector Sotelo
John F. Clark Company

LVH Entertainment Systems
Martin & Sons Locksmiths, Inc.
Overhead Door Co of Ft Worth
LE Creative
Little Mountain
Piper-Weatherford
Plyler Steel Fabrication
Pool & Patio Landscaping
Reliable Paving, Inc.
Rock Solid USA
Ronparco
Security Fire Systems
Signature Millwork
Smith’s Painting
Southern Glass & Mirror
Southwest Progressive
Splash Pools
Standard Waterproofing
TAS
The Holbrook Company
The Play Well Group
ThyssenKrupp Elevator
Tri Dal Utilities, LTD
Vector Concepts
Wadleigh Tile, LP
Wrangler Roofing

Crossroads’ Members
Allied Coring & Cutting, LLC - Brian Fisher
Bob, Pierre and John Lucius
Jay Dee Construction - Jeff Newcomb
Mike Brown Plumbing
Joey Villarreal
Prime Equipment Services - Jonathan Parrish
K.W. Enterprises - Kenny Watkins
Safari Green Landscaping - Jerome Davis
Solid Ground - Shawn Willett
Waterborne - Bill Crawford

I also want to thank Mel Dietz, who has partnered with me on every building project I’ve been involved with for the past 30 + years. Our staff has a played a critical role as well. Thank you, Matt, Vicki, Nathan, Alan, Steve and Pam Siddle, Josh, Kelli, Terri, Steve Ivy, Michelle, and all of our staff who’ve helped us get to this day.

Two of the most exciting features of this new facility aren’t even inside. I’m talking about the huge outdoor baptistery we’ve added and the incredible sculpture next to it. The outdoor baptistery surrounded by fountains, fabulous landscaping, including shade trees, and plenty of space for large numbers of people to watch, will be used by our entire church family to celebrate every new addition to God’s family. The sculpture of Jesus and four children, representing all the children of the world, will be part of a breathtaking display that includes a waterfall wall, palm trees, boulders and landscaping replicating the Holy Land where Jesus uttered those immortal words: “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 19:14). Our prayer is thousands of children and adults will come to know Jesus personally because of this great project.

Thanks to the blessing of God and the generosity of our Crossroads’ family, every aspect of this spectacular structure, inside and out, was paid for before we ever broke ground. Now we have the opportunity to use this new tool to bless thousands and build God’s kingdom. I hope you’ll join us for our dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony at 8:00 a.m. in front of our new children’s building this Sunday morning. Or, that you’ll take the time after one of our worship services to peek in and see what God has done and is doing in the lives of our kids.

This Sunday’s date, August 9, will forever be special in our hearts. Certainly because we are seeing the dream of our new children’s building become a reality. But also because August 9 was our very first service here. It seems like yesterday our family moved from Florida to begin our ministry. We began with 188 and today, over 7,000 people call Crossroads their church home. Who knows what will happen when we open the doors on Sunday.

23 years ago we had no idea what God was about to do. Nothing’s changed.

© 2015. Barry L. Cameron

 

BARRY CAMERON

Senior Pastor

Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.

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