Congregational Care - OKC
Life on earth is a mixture of joy and sorrow, and God calls us to move through these times with each other. Whether it is the birth of a child, a hospital stay, or the loss of a loved one, we want to walk with you to provide you connection, consolation, and comfort.
Congregational Care exists to come alongside those in the Crossings family in seasons of sorrow, sickness and setbacks. This shows up in a number of ministries that are largely unseen, yet significant. These ministries range from hospital and shut-in visits, to financial help and counseling for those in hard times, to fellowship for the retired and elderly, to a committed prayer team who prays over requests submitted on Sundays and during the week. We also take joy in ministering to those who are grieving, joining them in their immediate sorrow and following up with them weeks, and sometimes months, after their loss.
Caring for the congregation is a value rooted in the church’s formative years. Because this value continues, many in the Crossings family feel the same sense of intimacy felt by those in the early years, when our church was much smaller.
Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of initial training in caring ministry skills and concepts, plus ongoing continuing education, support, and supervision. They are not therapists, problem solvers or casual visitors, but lay people trained to listen and lift hurting people to God, who is the Cure giver.
Prayer Ministry is composed of teams of people assigned to pray for weekly requests, immediate crises (prayer chain), or the weekly activities at Crossings. Dependence on God through prayer is foundational to our church and provides a solid base for all we do. The Prayer Ministry at Crossings helps put prayer into action.
There are several opportunities to support Crossings in prayer:
Two rooms designated especially for prayer are available at all times. One Prayer Room is located at the southeast corner of the Chapel Foyer. A second Prayer Room (room 255) is located on the second floor, south of the main entrance.
Weekend Prayer Team
A group of prayer warriors meets every Friday to walk and pray over every inch, seat and doorway of our church. The prayers are not only for the Sunday services, but for all activities or special events throughout the week. For more information, contact Teresa Peden at 405-302-1249.
This very vital aspect of prayer is the front-line force that meets the immediate needs of the church family. When a need within the family of Crossings occurs, volunteers are contacted to pray immediately for the need.
For more information about prayer opportunities, please contact Becky Sanders.
Flower Arranging & Delivery
Each week, flowers are delivered to those who could use some encouragement. Two teams make this possible: those who arrange the flowers over the weekend and those who deliver them early in the week.
Financial Freedom Ministry
For families experiencing financial challenges, we have a full-time pastor ready to assess financial needs and offer support, as well as financial coaching. We also offer Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University.
The Financial Freedom Ministry helps address financial, employment, and money management needs within our church community. Financial assistance may be available on a limited basis to meet critical needs in crisis situations, and is available for those who have been actively attending Crossings for at lease 6 months. Financial coaching provides one-on-one assistance with money management and budget planning skills.
Contact Michele Garrett for more information.
Helping Hands Ministry
The purpose of the Helping Hands Team is to minister and serve the needs of members of the church family by providing small repairs or maintenance. It is our desire to help our members in a real and tangible way with the message, “let us help you with that.”
Senior Adult Fellowship
Every Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the Crossings Pavilion is filled with adults (55+) who enjoy socializing, games and lunch, provided by the Crossings kitchen. Through the years, this group has become a major connection-point for senior adults at Crossings.
Destinations includes first-class transportation, guided tours, and reasonable rates. Trips will not be scheduled until the required minimum number of people express an interest. All tours depart from the Crossings Community Church parking lot. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Destinations Ministry group trips are designed for adults of all ages.
For more information, questions or reservations, please contact Judith Hilbun by phone at 405-850-9229.
Mechanics in Action
Mechanics in Action is a ministry of service that offers oil changes on a quarterly basis for Crossings’ single moms, widows, and women with spouses serving in the military (pre-registration required—contact Becky Sanders for date of next work day). The volunteers who change the oil also look for wear and tear on the vehicles and make recommendations for repairs that might be needed.
Mechanics in Action coordinator Charles Berryhill is always looking for volunteers who are willing to donate some time on four Saturdays a year – simply complete “Become a Volunteer” in this section to get started!
One day a week, a team of volunteers delivers hot meals from the Crossings kitchen to those in Northwest Oklahoma City who are unable to get out or make some of their own meals.
When Crossings hosts funerals/memorials, a team of volunteers prepares side dishes for a family meal, while another team sets up and hosts the meal.
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