Changes to Children’s Ministry beginning Sunday, May 23, 2021
As of Sunday, May 23, we will no longer require online registration for Sunday morning Children’s Ministry. Instead, we will receive children on a first-come-first-serve basis. While our sickness policy remains in effect (no fever or cold symptoms), we will not be screening for COVID symptoms or taking temperatures at check-in. Masks will be optional for children and volunteers.
Our capacity in Children’s Ministry is based on a volunteer-to-child ratio for the safety and care of families. This means the number of families we can serve is dependent on volunteer availability, and we will continue to expand capacity as our volunteer base allows. Our new check-in system helps us monitor the ratio of volunteers to children in our rooms and will prevent check-ins over capacity.
If you are a member of CrossPointe and would like to serve in Children’s Ministry, our next volunteer training will be Sunday, May 23, at 9:00 a.m. Click here to sign up! »
Plans for Sunday, May 2, 2021
As folks return to regularly worshiping the Lord together on Sundays, we are gradually moving toward a more “normal” setup in the sanctuary. Here’s what this will mean, beginning this Sunday, May 2:
- With the exception of one section (“house right” or “stage left”), the sanctuary will no longer have any social-distancing measures.
- All rows will be available for seating except in the section mentioned above, which will continue to block off every other row and encourage groups to sit with three chairs between them.
- As before, masks will not be required in the sanctuary.
- We will continue to livestream in the Youth Room, Classroom A, and Classroom B.
- For those who prefer to worship in a mask-only space, both Classroom A and Classroom B will require face coverings for everyone 5 years and older.
- We will continue to livestream online via Facebook and Vimeo for those who need to stay home.
We’ll make adjustments as necessary over the coming weeks and let you know of any changes via social media, website, and enewsletter. See you soon!
Children’s Ministry returns Sunday, Nov. 15!
Though capacity is limited, we’re eager to provide a safe and fun environment for your children to learn all about the Gospel! Be sure to register each child for their assigned classroom to ensure we have space for them this Sunday. Unfortunately, we cannot accept registrations after 10:00am on Friday. Click here to register and get info about our safety precautions.
Implementation of Mask-Only Space in Classroom B (Oct. 30, 2020)
Beginning Sunday, Nov. 1, we will implement a mask-required space in Classroom B for those who need it. Everyone 5-years-old and up must wear a face-covering upon entering Classroom B and for the duration of the service (with the exception of partaking in the Lord’s Supper). Please be aware that because of social-distancing, this classroom could reach capacity quickly.
Instructions for Regathering (June 19, 2020)
- Starting June 21, there will be one service at 10:30am.
- If you plan on attending, please click here to register yourself and anyone sitting with you. (Call the church office if you need help!)
- To maintain adequate social distancing, we need everyone to attend only the service for which you’ve registered. We will not be checking “tickets.”
- If you are sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, we ask that you please stay home and stream our service online.
- We encourage everyone to do a few things when you arrive at the church:
- Arrive early if possible to ease the seating process.
- Maintain a 6-ft. distance between you and other groups/individuals.
- Wear a mask if you are able. (We’ll have some on-hand.)
- Enter the church via the main entrance into the foyer.
- Ushers will direct you to seats in the Sanctuary, Youth Room, or Classrooms A/B, ensuring a three-seat gap between groups.
- Childcare will not be available.
We love you all and can’t wait to gather again this Sunday!
Regathering Announcement (May 14, 2020)
Our tentative plan is to re-gather at CrossPointe for worship on Sunday, June 7. This will involve many modifications to our “normal” Sunday gathering, and we’ll reveal more details about what things will look like as June 7 gets closer.
Some things we’re certain of at this stage:
- We’ll do our best to provide a safe social distance for everyone. Live-streaming in spaces throughout the building is very likely, though we’re not sure if we’ll have one or multiple services.
- We won’t have any nurseries or children’s ministry available.
- We’ll continue to live-stream so that those for whom staying at home would be best are able to worship with us.
As we continue to “meet” virtually for the next three Sundays, let’s remember Colossians 3:12, which tells us to “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” We’ll provide more details about June 7 as things become clearer!
UPDATE (April 23, 2020)
In case you missed it, the governor of Georgia announced this week that he is relaxing restrictions on various businesses, allowing them to reopen as early as Friday. What does this mean for churches like CrossPointe?
For now, we will continue to live-stream our services and not meet in person.
Since the governor’s press conference, we have participated in several conference calls with Georgia Baptist Convention representatives, including members of Governor Kemp’s staff, to help us understand the implications of these guidelines for churches our size. In short, the recommendation across the board from these entities is that churches our size should continue conducting online services and not meet in person.
We certainly want to gather in-person as soon as possible, but the elders are in agreement that doing so at this point would be unwise and potentially bring reproach on the witness of the church.
If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the elders. I’d also encourage you to watch this brief video in which I explain our situation in a little more detail.
Trusting in the Lord’s good providence with you!
UPDATE (March 18, 2020)
I returned home yesterday from South Africa after a wonderful week of ministry speaking at the annual missions conference of Brackenhurst Baptist Church in Johannesburg. It was so encouraging to get to know the congregation and see all that they are involved in regarding missions and world outreach.
However, it was also a strange feeling being separated from my biological and spiritual family during such a tumultuous and uncertain week. While I was on another continent, the elders were keeping me abreast of our response as church leadership and I am so thankful for my fellow under-shepherds. The Lord has blessed our church with wise, sober-minded, godly men.
Below is an important update from the elders that outlines what life will look like at CrossPointe for the foreseeable future. Please do read it in its entirety. But, before you do, allow me to share one brief reflection and an encouragement.
First, a reflection. Clearly it is no coincidence that we’ve been going through James. The message of this short letter is so applicable to our situation. Think of several of the main themes of the letter. Trials are for our good (James 1:2–15). True saving faith will prove itself through action and love for others—and what an opportunity we have to do that now (James 2). To presume upon the future is arrogant and evil; instead we ought to humbly trust the Lord and do the good we ought to do today (James 4:13–17).
Second, an encouragement. If you’ve been around CrossPointe for even just a short time, you know that one of our foundational beliefs is our trust in the utter, exhaustive, and good sovereignty of God. He works all things according to the counsel of his will (Ephesians 1:11) and for the good of his people (Romans 8:28). Everything, even tiny little viruses that turn the world upside down, exists in some way to ultimately shine the light of God’s glory in all things (Romans 11:36). So, in light of these truths, as God’s redeemed people whose eternities are secure, we are called to point an anxious world to the good news of the gospel. Philippians 2:14–16 says, “Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life.” What an opportunity we have to do that now, brothers and sisters! Now more than ever the world needs the church to be a city set on a hill, shining with good works that commend what the world truly needs—the good news that Christ is our only hope. Praise God.
Please read this update from the elders below. I love you, CrossPointe, and I’m so thankful for you.
An update from the elders:
First, thank you to everyone who donated breakfast items for Truth Spring Academy. We’ll keep you posted if we can assist them or other groups with similar needs in the coming weeks.
On Monday night the elders discussed our church’s plans for the foreseeable future. In light of government recommendations concerning COVID-19, we have adopted the following plan:
- For the foreseeable future we will live-stream worship services online via this website, Vimeo, and Facebook, rather than gather as a church body. Families with young children will be able to download resources from The Gospel Project as well.
- Though we are not gathering together, our church’s budget and the support of ministries worldwide still depend on regular giving to the church. We urge members to continue giving their regular offerings via our website or the postal service. If you need help setting up an online account, please contact Springer Cain. Similarly, if you find yourself under financial strain, know that we are eager to assist members in need.
- The pastors and staff will maintain regular office hours: Mon.–Thurs., 9am–4pm, and Fri., 9am–noon. Should you need pastoral care, counsel, or prayer, please contact the church office or individual pastors directly. We ask anyone who is sick or has been exposed to someone sick to refrain from coming to the church office and instead set up a phone call or video chat.
- The rest of the church building is unavailable through the end of March. Likewise, we encourage Community Groups not to meet. We are also indefinitely postponing our member meeting originally scheduled for Sun., April 5.
The elders will extend or alter this plan as future developments dictate, and we will communicate any updates via website, social media, and enewsletter. Please help us spread the word to other members and regular attenders of CrossPointe.
UPDATE (March 13, 2020)
After further discussion, the elders have determined that we serve our community and vulnerable members of our church best by canceling CrossPointe’s worship gathering on Sunday, March 15. All activities scheduled to take place in the church building between now and March 21 will likewise be rescheduled for a later date.
We will address the status of gathering on Sunday, March 22, early next week, but, as with so many things right now, this situation remains fluid. Please check CrossPointe’s website and social media channels for further updates, and be sure to subscribe to our enewsletter.
Gathering together is an essential element of Christian worship and discipleship, and we as Christ’s followers cannot allow fear or panic to drive us. However, in the interests of caring for the vulnerable among us and slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our region we feel it is a matter of Christian love to worship the Lord in our homes this Sunday with joy and thanksgiving. Read God’s Word together, pray for one another and our community, and sing to the Lord with members of your household. For that matter, you can find plenty of sermons on our website and Vimeo as well.
In the meantime, let’s be deliberate about caring for one another and our neighbors. If you know someone who lives alone, please reach out. Check on soldiers, military families, and college students whose lives are likely being disrupted. Lord-willing, we’ll gather together again sooner rather than later, and we can praise the Lord for the work he’s done in and through us!
Grace & Peace,
The Elders of CrossPointe