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.