June 10, 2020
We are grateful for the nearly 600 of you who completed our recent re-opening survey. We’ve been working and praying
tirelessly to determine the best ways that we can connect in-person while ensuring everyone’s safety and health, and complying with our state and local health department guidelines. Here’s what we learned from your feedback:
On re-opening for Sunday services…
- You would rather wait. When we described what our Sunday services would have to look like to meet state and local guidelines (i.e. masks and advance registration required, no worship or children’s ministry, etc.) the #1 response was “I might re-think coming and continue watching online.”
- Health and safety matters to you. A majority of you want be sure that health guidelines are being followed (23%) when we re-open and nearly 1 in 5 of you (17%) said you or a family member are at greater risk for Covid-19 so it may be a while before you join us for an in-person Sunday service.
- You are okay with staying connected online. Nearly 64% of you said that for this stage of our state’s recovery plan you would rather Crossroads continue online Sunday services, adult and student ministry groups, and morning devotionals on Facebook than resuming in-person services as soon as possible (30%).
We also learned that…
- You miss worship! The #1 reason most of you (72%) gave for missing our in-person Sunday services was worship.
- You are okay with getting together outdoors. More of you (47%) would prefer an outdoor event than resuming modified, smaller in-person Sunday services (30%) at this point.
So here’s where we are.
Based on your feedback, prayer and church re-opening trends we’ve seen, we are not going to resume in-person Sunday morning services at this time. We are not making this decision out of fear but out of love for all our staff, volunteers and the people we serve.
We ARE going to:
- have an all-church Outdoor Worship Evening on June 20th at our Hampstead campus (registration in advance is required – sign up here)
- plan for smaller, in-person July prayer services that meet health guidelines
- create even more ways to stay connected with Crossroads online including:
- new 4-week online “Discover the Bible” classes
- new Sunday evening Instagram Live features
- an all-new podcast to launch later this summer on our YouTube channel
- continue serving our communities and provide new volunteer opportunities
- send out another survey within the next few weeks, recognizing that circumstances are changing quickly and that may impact your feedback
We are all being stretched and hopefully growing in new ways. Thank you for staying engaged, maintaining your support for Crossroads, and praying for our new opportunities and events. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to our eNewsletter for the most current information on staying connected with Crossroads.
Grace & peace,
Reid Robinette – Senior Pastor, Crossroads Church