CHURCH IS NOT CANCELLED, BUT IT’S CHANGED
This Sunday (March 15), we will host no public gathering for services at our building. Instead, Crossroads will be sending the service to you, live, on Sunday at 11am. We will continue our series “What Jesus Believed” talking about prayer.
As usual, our service will be full of joy, encouragement and hope—what everyone needs in times of uncertainty. It will just be delivered online. We also plan to have a Q&A at the end of the service.
To participate, simply visit live.crossroadsofjoliet.org, or facebook.com/crossroadsofjoliet. Experience the service with your family, friends, or small group (or alone if necessary). Crossroads Kids will also have materials for families to utilize for church at home.
We ask you to strongly consider inviting friends and neighbors to a watch party at your home! If you’re in a Community Group, or would like to host a group, please do your best to gather with your group on Sunday at 11am for the live/online service.
We can provide group resources, including pre-packaged communion, outlines, and discussion questions for those hosting groups.
Let me repeat, we are not cancelling church, we are moving to a New Testament model this weekend, meeting with groups in our homes throughout our community. If you would like to join a group, or host a group, email Jake Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
STAY HOPEFUL AND PRAYERFUL
God is going to work through this in ways we can’t imagine. He will sustain and strengthen us in the days ahead. He can deepen your faith and your family’s spiritual life as you worship together. He can use your open doors to reach people who’ve never entered a church building.
As Christians we were called “for such a time as this!” To be people who bring peace and hope to a world full of panic. I believe this crisis will present us with another opportunity to connect as many people as possible with Jesus in our community.
So please pray for the leadership of our county. Pray for those who are impacted by this disease. Pray that people all over the world will draw closer to God. Please pray for the leaders of our church in the days and weeks to come.
I’ll leave you with a Scripture (Joshua 1:9) that helps me refocus on God when I’m anxious “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
One of the most practical ways you can help is by remembering to support Crossroads financially during this time. We encourage you to be an online giver, preferably a monthly recurring giver. Our staff is still working, our local and global partners who rely on our support are still serving, and we are actively looking for opportunities to bring practical help our community.
To give a one-time donation, or become a monthly recurring giver, go to https://give.crossroadsil.org.
You can also mail or drop your gift by check to Crossroads at:
Crossroads Christian Church
2312 Essington Road
Joliet IL 60586
WILL ALL EVENTS AT CROSSROADS BE CANCELED?
Not necessarily. We are making case by case decisions on certain events and groups, in accordance with health department guidelines.
The “What Now?” Parenting Conference planned for this weekend is postponed. Stay tuned for more details. If you registered for the event, you will receive info from the team, otherwise more details will come later.
Our Student Ministry is following the lead of our area School Districts. The Highway is meeting Sunday, March 15, 3:30-5pm at Samantha MacIntyre’s home. On-Ramp will Facebook Live at 1:30pm. Email email@example.com for more information.
Please stay flexible. Some of our groups or classes may decide to cancel their meetings. If they do, they will let their group members know. If you have any questions about whether your group is meeting, contact your group leader.
DO YOU NEED HELP?
If you are in need, please let us know. Whether you’re ill or have been advised to stay home because you’re at a higher risk of illness, we are developing strategies to care for one another as God’s family. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you need help.
WHO IS IN A HIGH-RISK GROUP?
Current evidence indicates that the risk of severe illness increases with age. The highest risk group are those 80 years and older. People with underlying medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic lung disease, and immunosuppression, are also likely at higher risk.
If you are in these high-risk groups, please self-evaluate and consider staying home. And of course stay away from public gatherings if you have traveled within the past 14 days to an area associated with very high COVID-19 risk. According to the Center for Disease Control, young children are among the least susceptible.
HOW CAN YOU STAY HEALTHY?
The best way to help stop the spread of the virus is to follow these common-sense guidelines:
- STAY CLEAN. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use the elbow bump rather than handshake as a greeting. If you sneeze or cough, please use a tissue or handkerchief.
- STAY HOME if sick, except to get medical care.
- STAY CALM. Constantly checking the headlines and worrying about getting sick can have the unintended effect of robbing you of sleep and driving up your stress. That makes you more vulnerable to illness, not to mention fear-driven hysteria. Let go of “anticipatory anxiety”.
- STAY CONNECTED. I encourage you worship with us online, invite your friends, keep connecting with your groups, find ways to serve others, and give online.
This situation is changing rapidly. We will update you if we hear of any new recommendations from the authorities.