RE-OPENING UPDATE FROM SENIOR PASTOR REID ROBINETTE (MAY 15)
Yesterday our Governor announced new guidance for churches that would allow worship services to resume at 50% of normal capacity. The announcement was much faster than originally anticipated under the state’s initial recovery plan released last week.
Our greatest concern is for the safety and health of the Crossroads family, our guests and our communities. We want to be wise about how and when we begin meeting in person. Because this is a complex process that will require significant changes to our physical environments, staffing and programming we will not re-open at this time. We will continue to hold our Sunday worship services online only through the end of May.
We are evaluating different options for gradually moving into in-person meetings and I will provide additional information in the next few weeks as the situation evolves.
I am grateful to each of you for staying connected to Crossroads during this completely unexpected time…for giving…and for caring for our community. I’m so proud to be your senior pastor and on behalf of our entire leadership team and staff I can assure you we’re looking forward to being together with you soon!
DONATION DRIVE-UP DROP-OFF STATION NEEDS
Our drive-up, drop-off donation station truck will be open at our Westminster campus on Mondays & Wednesdays 10:00am – 6:00pm, and Saturdays from 9:00am – 3:00. If you’d prefer to donate needed items online we’ve set up Amazon First Responder Basket Wish List and Target Wish List options so you can shop online and have your donations sent quickly to our community response teams.
Here’s what our local partners and at-risk families specifically need:
Single serve mac and cheese, tuna packs, etc.
Single serve fruit cups or applesauce
Bottled water/juice boxes
Canned tuna, chicken, meats
Diapers (esp. size 5&6)
Feminine hygiene products
Dry dog and cat food
UPDATE 3/18 – 3:45pm
Thank you! We’re still processing all that happened in just 72 hours. Once we knew services couldn’t be held as usual this past weekend it was all hands on deck to go all digital. Thanks to our amazing tech, worship, and communications teams and volunteers who made the magic happen!
We weren’t sure what to expect but you amazed us. Online attendance was up 415% and we had nearly 1,000 unique accounts join in through FB Live and Livestream. We know those accounts represent exponentially more people as many of you invited people to join you watching from him and even had FB watch parties.
You tuned in, engaged and GAVE! Thanks to all of you who gave online – maybe for the first time. So a few notes:
- Starting this Friday (3/20) we’ll have an online morning devotion Monday – Saturday at 8:00am through Facebook Live. Join us for a few minutes of calm encouragement from Scripture.
- We will be sending out church-wide and campus emails Thursday. Please let us know if you would like to be added to our email list (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Our Community Center will be holding food distribution services as usual on Thursdays @ 7:00pm; we are opening the distribution to any family in immediate need of food or non-perishable items/supplies.
- Please join us on Sunday (8, 9:30, or 11am) for online services. Here are options for you to join us. Please share the FB event with friends through your account or host a watch party.
We are so very, very grateful for you!
UPDATE 3/14 – 9:30pm
It has been a whirlwind 24 hours but we’re counting down to bringing you our first fully-digital Sunday services! Our team of volunteers was working tirelessly all day to set up new features to make the online experience more engaging than ever including a digital lobby…..
…prepping FB watch parties…
…updating our website and social media platforms…
…and much, much more!
In addition to our full worship set and teaching, our Missions & Outreach Director Steph Albright will share how our missions teams are already working with local partners to respond to emerging needs and how you can get involved. Jono Contestabile, our Family Ministry Multisite Director, will share information on how Crossroads Kids is going virtual for the next two weeks including online resources for parents, and updates on student ministry events. Not on our email list and want to get regular updates? Email us at email@example.com.
Please join us at 8:00, 9:30, or 11:00am for FULL, live services via our Facebook page or Livestream channel. Can’t make it in the morning? Services will be recorded and available to watch anytime at your convenience on our Facebook page, Livestream channel or YouTube channel.
As you head to bed this evening I pray that Psalm 46 reminds you of the ultimate source of peace in a chaos-filled world. I look forward to joining you tomorrow morning online.
Senior Pastor, Crossroads Church
UPDATE 3/12 – 6:45pm
Earlier today we shared our plans to respond wisely to the coronavirus. As we indicated in our original note, we want to make wise, thoughtful choices to protect the health of families, friends and neighbors who come to Crossroads Church on Sunday mornings.
Sunday Service Changes
Since then Governor Larry Hogan announced an executive order “prohibiting gatherings and events of more than 250 people.” We anticipated this could be a possibility as our government leaders wrestle with how to best stop the spread of this virus. As we noted, we fully intend to comply with the Governor’s order which means that we will not hold live Sunday services for at least the next two weeks – Sunday, March 15 and March 22.
However the good news is that we WILL have livestream services at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00am both Sunday, March 15 and 22. Please join us via our Facebook page or Livestream channel. Our services will be recorded and available to watch anytime at your convenience on our Facebook page, Livestream channel or YouTube channel.
Changes to Ongoing and Upcoming Ministry Events
As we continue to prayerfully think through how to best lead and love well, we’re going to cancel all ministry events, groups and gatherings starting tomorrow for 10 days (Friday, March 13 – 22) simply out of an abundance of caution. That means that all regularly-scheduled Crossroads ministry events including community group, care group, and connect group meetings will not be held. Likewise, regular ministry partner meetings will not be held at Crossroads campus buildings.
In addition, the City of Westminster has canceled this weekend’s Celtic Canter which means our 0.5k “Don’t Forget the Point!” Race will not be held on Saturday. Our fantastic Crossroads race team is working to see if the event can be rescheduled at the church at a later date.
Lastly, the IF:Westminster Gathering will not be taking place at our Hampstead campus this Saturday. Please check their webpage for possible event updates.
If you have a questions about whether or not an event is taking place please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clear Eyes, Strong Hearts
We have an opportunity to step up in a moment where people may feel panic and respond with the grace, truth, and compassion of Christ.Will you please take a moment to pray for:
- our leaders as they wrestle with difficult decisions to ensure our public’s health?
- working parents with school-age children as they grapple with school being unexpectedly canceled for two weeks?
- people whose jobs or income may be at risk due to widespread closures?
- healthcare providers and first responders as they put their own health at risk to care for others?
Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding as we strive to serve you well. Please check back here and on our Facebook page for regular updates.
Senior Pastor, Crossroads Church
3/12 – 3:00pm
Like you, all of us on staff are aware of the increasing discussion around the coronavirus (COVID-19). Fortunately there are currently no confirmed cases in Carroll County or our campus and launch site communities. We are optimistic and prayerful that the virus will not directly impact our area. At the same time, I want to reassure you that we are taking common sense measures to ensure a safe, healthy environment when you visit us at Crossroads.
Crossroads Is Open
Our offices are open during normal weekday business hours and as of today (March 12, 3:30pm) we are continuing to hold our ministry gatherings, events, and Sunday services as usual. The only notable change is that we have canceled our upcoming Guatemala missions trip – originally scheduled for March 24-30 – out of an abundance of caution around international travel.
Because we know that this virus is primarily spread through close contact with an infected person – of which there are currently none in any of our service areas – we are taking the following common sense measures for our Sunday services:
- our guest services team members will greet guests in the lobby with a warm smile, and skip the handshake
- guest services team members will hold exterior and sanctuary doors open for guests to minimize your need to touch door handles and assist with coffee service
- the printed weekly program will be pre-placed in seats for your convenience
- we’ll encourage folks to share a simple smile and wave during our greeting time instead of shaking hands
- hand sanitizer will be visibly available in numerous locations throughout our buildings
- all restrooms will have an ample supply of hand soap and paper towels
- the children’s ministry check-in area will be wiped down regularly during and between services with disinfectant wipes
- door handles, food service areas, and tables will be wiped down at each service
- in addition to regular cleaning, all frequently touched surfaces including doorknobs, light switches, countertops, and toys, as well as areas including restrooms, nurseries, and kitchens will continue to be regularly disinfected
- our standard health policy for children’s ministry remains in place, which is that in order to join us in I-5 or 252 all children must:
- be free of fever, vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours
- not demonstrate any of the following: cloudy or green runny nose, pink eye or other eye infections, persistent cough, any unexplained rash, any communicable disease, or any symptoms of common childhood diseases, such as chicken pox, strep throat, etc.
Join Us Online
If you are not feeling well or are experiencing flu-like or virus symptoms please, out of concern for others, choose to enjoy our Sunday services online. Our FULL service – worship, offering spotlight and teaching – is available to experience live every Sunday at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00am by going to:
- our Facebook page (@Crossroadscomm140)
- our website (www.crossroads140.com – simply go to the “Campuses” tab on the home page and click on “Livestream”)
- or directly to our Livestream channel (livestream.com/crossroads140)
Drawing Close to God
Most importantly, let me encourage you to consider this as a unique opportunity to more deeply understand and rely on the peace and provision of God. If you or someone you love is experiencing fear or anxiety around this pandemic, consider reading, meditating, and praying through Scripture passages including: Philippians 4:6-7, 1 John 4:18, Isaiah 41:10, Joshua 1:9. The YouVersion Bible app is a great online resource for Scripture study, devotional plans, prayer tools, and includes shareable features to encourage your loved ones with a simple touch.
And if you’re not anxious, why not take the time to thank God for your peace and see this as an opportunity to practice compassion toward others?
Would you take this opportunity to make your financial gifts to Crossroads online? It’s simple, safe, and secure. Just go to crossroads140.com and you’ll see a large, red “Give Online” box on the top right side of the home page. Clicking on the box will take you to the Pushpay site where you can make a one-time or ongoing gift.
Your sustained giving during periods when Sunday attendance may be down helps ensure that Crossroads’ ministry happens the other 6 days a week in our communities, through our ministry partners and affiliates, and even around the globe.
We will continue to monitor updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and we will continue using wisdom and common sense to make decisions out of love and concern for all our Crossroads family. If state or local government officials declare a state of emergency and advise/request that all large-scale gatherings be suspended we will comply and cancel our in-person services and ministry events. Please check our Facebook page (@crossroadscomm) and our website (crossroads140.com) for updates. If you do not currently receive our weekly email and would like email updates as well please let us know at email@example.com.
Please stay engaged with Crossroads by joining us on Sundays, following us on social media, giving online, and praying! Please pray for healthcare workers who are serving people who are sick or scared, leaders who are having to make hard decisions, and people in our community and your personal lives who may need, now more than ever, to know that there is a God who promises “peace that surpasses all understanding” when we encounter difficult times.
Senior Pastor, Crossroads Church