Good Afternoon Crossroads’ Family!
We’ve been given the GREEN light by the governor to reopen Crossroads on a limited basis for worship THIS SUNDAY! To say we are excited is a colossal understatement. We also want to be as prayerful and careful as possible so we can do it the right way, and the safe way, for all of our people and our guests. So what does this mean for our Crossroads’ family? We’ve also created a page on our website with all the detailed information for you.
Here are the basics:
• We have been working on a plan to reopen for weeks. Since mid-March when we moved all of our ministry to ONLINE ONLY, our staff and leaders responded immediately and with resiliency that enabled us to continue to minister effectively and powerfully to thousands of people. Now it's time for us to respond again, AND WE ARE. We are following the governor’s guidelines and have consulted with both the Mayor's Office in Grand Prairie and in Mansfield to make sure we are following all protocols, being as safe as we can possibly be.
• JJ Wallis, one of our security consultants who is with the Grand Prairie Police Department has reviewed our plan and he, along with the officers who serve our Crossroads’ family every week, will be working with us as well.
• We are having a Serving Team/Leader Night this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. where we will be giving lots of information and specific instructions to those who will be serving and leading Sunday.
• We will have a HOST in every worship venue to give important information and help people practice social distancing. Families can and should sit together, but there must be at least two seats between you and the next family or individual sitting on your particular row.
• We will have a limited opening this Sunday, May 3 with services at 10:00, 11:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Plans include — four different venues at three different hours for worship with rows blocked off and chairs separated to help people maintain a safe six-foot distance as they worship.
10:00 a.m. – Main Auditorium, Theater, City Hall and The Little Theater
11:30 a.m. – Main Auditorium, Theater, City Hall and The Little Theater
5:00 p.m. – Main Auditorium, Theater, City Hall and The Little Theater
Our staff and leaders responded immediately and with resiliency that enabled us to continue to minister effectively and powerfully to thousands of people. Now it's time for us to respond again, AND WE ARE.
• The GRAND HALL will serve as an additional LOBBY AREA to provide more room for people to comfortably and safely wait for services to begin.
We will have our Spanish service in the Chapel at 11:30 a.m. and every other row has already been marked off for social distancing.
[Our Doulos auditorium will be designated at all services for the at-risk population.]
We will have additional seating available if needed during each service in our SportCenter.
We will pre-register on our website for each service and each venue to control crowd size. There will be a limit of six per family. If someone needs a larger number of seats, they can call the office. This will allow people to choose the venue size they are comfortable worshipping in.
• We will be providing pictures of each venue on the website.
• All seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis with additional seating available in our SportCenter.
• Registration will begin tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10:00 a.m. on our website.
• We encourage you to bring your own hand sanitizer. Even though we will have hand sanitizer on campus, we encourage you to bring some as well. (If you would like to donate some to help us have more than enough, that would be great, too!)
• We will use disposable communion only. You can pick that up on your way into worship. There will be no programs or giving bags passed during our services. We encourage you to use online giving, text-to-give and giving boxes.
• We will not have food service available.
• Greeters will be wearing gloves and we will have hand sanitizer available.
• We will have cleaning teams thoroughly clean every venue/chair between services.
• Water fountains will not be available, but FREE bottled water will be.
• If you have any concerns or health issues, we strongly recommend you remain at home and watch our online services which will continue at all the normal times.
• We will not open with all ministries, activities or even all services. For example, we will not have an 8:45 a.m. service on campus until we are ready to get back to some semblance of normalcy.
• To ensure we are doing everything we possibly can to keep our people safe, especially our young ones, we will be encouraging families to sit together and there will be no nursery, children's or youth ministries other than online for the foreseeable future.
We know this is a lot of information and that’s why we’ve also created a page where you can read even more specific details of our plans. You can CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL PLAN.
Pray for our leaders, staff and the hundreds of volunteers who will be helping us prepare for this weekend to be another amazing opportunity for us to worship together on campus and online and for lives to be changed.
Without question, this has been a trying experience for everyone. Hopefully, it has been a learning experience for us, too. We are convinced God has His hand in all of this and is going to use this to help us be better and stronger than ever before (Romans 8:28–31).
We love you and are praying for you and can’t wait to see you. Either on campus or online we’ll be worshipping together this Sunday!
God bless you!
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.