WE ARE ONE CHURCH

WITH TWO SERVICES

LIVING OUT THREE CALLINGS


What follows on this page is a celebration of what God is doing and an eager expectation for what he will do. As an overflow of our vibrant mission to connect more and more people to God, to one another, and to their communities, you'll read about our vision for multiplying our church worship service from one service to two identical servicesbeginning September 9th.


I pray this conversation will energize you, encourage you, and stir in you a heart of praise unto God who is forever faithful.


Capturing a vision for gospel multiplication is as easy as one...two...three.




(Be sure to see our FAQ's at the end of the page)

ONE CHURCH

A healthy church gathers and scatters.

It multiplies and expands.

It considers others.

It is much more than a weekly meeting.


Our sharing of life together as one church is not limited to any particular affinity group or setting but our shared union with Christ, through faith. We must remind ourselves that true gospel growth happens not in the structures, programs, or services of the church, but in the lives of God's people.


Multiplying from one service to two identical worship services helps us all grow towards Christian maturity. And as we multiply into two identical worship services, it affirms our unity of faith, vision, mission, and friendship.

TWO SERVICES

Beginning Sunday, September 9th, you will have two identical opportunities to worship and serve on Sunday mornings. 


TWO NEW WORSHIP SERVICE TIMES


9:00am & 10:45am


Multiplying to two Sunday worship services gives us the chance to better serve the people whom God has brought to us, open our doors to new relationships, and fuel our outward-focused mission. 


Our weekly Life Groups, monthly Elder-led Prayer gatherings, Family Sunday events, and other events throughout the year will help cultivate meaningful fellowship as our church continues to grow. 


THREE CALLINGS

A desire for a second service flows out of our calling to connect people to God, connect people to one another, and connect people to their communities.


We are called to magnify God's glory

Connecting people to God through the gospel brings new life and shapes the church. There is nothing more glorious than to share in the blessings of Christ with others.


We are called to live as God's people

We pursue relationships that are created by the gospel and flow out of the gospel. Multiplying our Sunday worship means that God is growing the church. We celebrate his movement and grace. 


We are called to engage in God's mission

We must go beyond our own fellowship and embrace Jesus' command to be a faithful witness. As the gospel changes us inwardly, we will see an overflow of blessing to others. We are blessed to be a blessing.


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{UPCOMING TEACHING SERIES}


An upcoming teaching series will lead us all through the primary motivations for this vision. Join us on these Sundays to explore God's calling together.

  • August 19th: "Connecting People To God"
  • August 26th: "Connecting People To One Another"
  • September 2nd: "Connecting People To Their Community"

PRAYER & ACTION


We hope you are excited to see the movement of God in our church.

Please pray with us and consider what actions we can take together. 


Prayer 

  • For God’s movement and vision to be so compelling to our church that it would lead to a culture of sacrificial commitment. 
  • Meaningful relationships would continue to deepen and flourish. 
  • Our multiplication would open new opportunities to bring the gospel to people in our community who don’t know Jesus.
  • New leaders, volunteers, and fresh ideas would be produced from within. 


Action

  • Volunteer on a team. Fill out the volunteer form right now or fill out a volunteer connect card at church. 
  • Consider serving more than once per month. Now, serving on Sunday does not mean missing out on the worship service.
  • Adopt a ministry mindset. As we multiply, there will be many opportunities to encourage, support, and come alongside one another through this exciting time in the life of our church.
  • Invite neighbors, friends, and others to join you on a Sunday for worship.

Hang tight while we prepare your form...

Q: Why two services?

A quick way to address this would be to say that "we've reached capacity in our sanctuary and kids classrooms". But that's really a secondary motivation of ours, and mostly a strategic one. The primary motivation flows from our mission as a church. We believe it is our mission to consider ways in which to connect more and more people to God, to connect people to one another in rich gospel community, and to connect people to their communities through faithful witnessing. Multiplying our service is a faithful response to God's movement in our church and it opens the door to live out our mission in broader ways.


Q: Will there be any differences between the two services? (For instance, traditional vs. contemporary)

The only difference between the two services will be the time at which they are held. You'll have the opportunity to worship and serve at identical worship services. This also is motivated by our convictions and values. We are one church, with two services. Each service will offer Holy Cross Kids for Nursery through 5th grade. Each service will serve The Lord's Supper every week. Each service will continue to draw us to remember the gospel story, re-orient our hearts and minds around this story, and cultivate habits that are an overflow of this great story. Our single worship service typical lasts 75-80 minutes. With a two-service format, each service will now be about 70 minutes each.


Q: How can families with children make the best of the service multiplication? 

As we encourage adults to worship in one service and serve in another ("Worship One/Serve One"), it brings up a good question of how to best engage our children. The answer depends on their age and other factors but one great option is to have them serve with you. Serving together cultivates good habits of generosity and sacrificial service in our children at a young age. Another option is for your children to attend Holy Cross Kids (nursery - 5th grade) both services as you worship one/serve one. Some kids would function well in this and others might not want to repeat the class. We will also have the Family Worship Bulletin to help kids ages 7-11 follow along in the worship service. You can use your best judgement for your children. Whatever you decide, we hope it's intentional and motivated by a desire to model for your children what it means to replace our natural consumer-driven mentality with a mentality that we belong to a community knit in love and on mission together.


Q: Are there long-term solutions to our building needs?

The topic of long-term building solutions are a regular conversation among the Elders' meetings and have been for years. We want to remember how grateful we are for the space God has provided for us, while maintaining a forward-looking mentality. Multiplying our services is the best option right now. We desire to prepare for future building needs, whether that means land and/or building acquisition, or improvements to where we are. For that reason, we've opened up a new giving fund, called "Building Fund" on our donation page that people can give to as they feel led.


Q: What are some ways I can maintain fellowship with church family members I may not see as often?

This is a great question and we have so many environments in place at Holy Cross that connect people to one another in real ways. There are many opportunities weekly, monthly, and quarterly intended to build gospel-centered community such as weekly Life Groups, our monthly Elder-led Prayer gathering, quarterly Family Sunday events, and other events throughout the year. And as always, spending time with others outside of church-related activities has tremendous impact to building friendships. You may feel a sense of loss when you think, "This means I may not see 'so-and-so' if we go to separate services." This sentiment is a great sign that friendships are being cultivated at Holy Cross. Be encouraged to invite "so-and-so" over for dinner one night, get coffee before a work-day, go on a weekend outing. Be friends! Finally, stay connected on upcoming events by enrolling in our electronic event updates.


Q: What are new ways that I can help?

A two-service Sunday removes common barriers to serving, allowing all to serve in one service and worship in another, more often. When we choose to serve, we are expressing our love towards others as a church family. One of the natural reactions people might have upon hearing of our service multiplication is, "How will this affect me and my family?" We hope this exciting season in our church will empower all to think beyond themselves and consider how to use their gifts to build up one another in love as God's brought-together people on mission. You can indicate on the form above what areas you'd like to serve and a leader will follow up with you. If you're already volunteering on a team, thank you! Your team leader will communicate specific team needs with you soon. And, as always, please join us in prayer; asking God to continue to shape our hearts and minds according to the love of Christ as we move together in the same direction.