Crossings Caring

 

Written by Ian Jayne in the July 2018 Issue

Crossings Caring

Crossings Caring

Crossings Community Church engages the local community through a variety of volunteer-driven ministry efforts.

At all three of its locations, Crossings Community Church seeks to live out the tenets of Christian faith by engaging the local community through innovative and wide-ranging volunteer ministries.

“We’re very involved in missions, both locally and globally,” said Rebecca Ellison, Director of Communications. Along with global missions work, including in Honduras, Kenya and El Salvador, Crossings works to meet the spiritual and practical needs of neighbors in the metro area.

In addition to its flagship Oklahoma City campus (14600 North Portland Ave.) and its satellite Edmond location (1500 W. Covell Rd.), Crossings also hosts a weekly service at Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington, Oklahoma. Every Sunday, a team of Crossings volunteers brings donuts, coffee and a sense of community to Joseph Harp. The Living Faith ministry initiative also helps men recently released from prison with temporary housing, job searches and reconnecting with families.

“We want to be a church that meets people where they are,” said Senior Pastor Marty Grubbs. “This principle--to connect people in all walks of life--remains a guiding principle for Crossings, its staff and congregations.”

A new weekly conversational series called Alpha opens the door for big, bold questions about Christianity in a friendly environment. Over the course of a meal, attendees can inquire honestly and openly about faith.

Since 2005, when Crossings Community Clinic opened its doors to provide medical, dental, vision and behavioral care to the underinsured and the uninsured, the free clinic has had about 65,000 visits – enough to fill the Chesapeake Arena about four times.

Crossings’ LifeCare initiative also shows the symbiosis that can exist between faith and community outreach. The mission, headed by volunteers and Christian counselors, offers support groups such as Celebrate Recovery, in addition to content geared towards teenagers and children. For Crossings, multi-faceted missions, both at home and abroad, remain one of the primary ways to show how a life of faith intersects with one of care for all members of one’s community and beyond.

“We are all restoration projects, works-in-progress,” said Pastor Grubbs. “As we let God work out the necessary changes in our lives, we can bring change—change for the good—to those around us.” 

For more information about Crossings Community Church, including service times, resources and volunteer opportunities, visit crossings.church.

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