REGATHERING UPDATE CENTER

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Saturday, July 11 – Resource Guide for July 12th Worship Service

If you did not catch the important update from Pastor Josh on Thursday, please watch that video here.
Regathering is paused this Sunday, but we wanted to make sure you have the resources to join us for the 11a live-streamed worship service.

The aim is worship to the glory of God in your living room (this Sunday)! 

Some of the links below can also be found at the live-stream website on Sunday morning.

LIVE-STREAM – This week we will all be tuning in to live-stream of the 11a service. The website you used to go to for Home-based Worship is now the website for our live-stream.

WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTSBULLETIN – We want to offer a digital bulletin just like those that our ushers always kindly handed out on Sunday mornings of old.

CONNECTION CARD – We want to know that you joined in with us on the live-stream! While you are filling it out, please let us know how we can best pray for you.
 
GIVING – We will have a time during the live-stream of giving on your phone. We are so grateful that many of you have continued to give sacrificially to the church. You can set up recurring giving or make a one time gift at the Giving link. You can also give or make these arrangements on the Pushpay app. Download it now at the App Store or Google Play Store.

SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS – Times with Small Groups are so important right now. These questions will prompt some thoughtful conversations from the sermon. 

CROSSWAY KIDS @ HOME VIDEOS – No Crossway Kids (yet), but yes to Crossway Kids @ Home Videos!

You are loved!
Crossway Staff

Thursday, July 9 – CROSSWAY RE-REGATHERING Update

Please watch the important announcement video above.


Hey Crossway,

Since the beginning of this chapter in the life of our church back in March, we have sought to be faithful, measured, and wise in how we handle…everything. We have not been hasty in making decisions, always wanting to make sure that we are bathing every step in prayer and wise counsel.

While “wait and see” has been our posture for the last few months, we believe the time has come to shift that posture, effective next week. This Sunday, July 12, will be live-stream only at 11a; however:

The Elders have decided that, Lord willing, beginning July 19th, we will resume Regathering for both the 8:45a and 11a worship services! And we will be reinitiating all of our ministry areas while maintaining rigorous health protocols!

Our amazing tech team will continue to supply a live-stream of the 11a Worship Service, but look for updates next week regarding our new registration process designed for inviting as many people as possible each Sunday to our in-person gatherings.

As Pastor Josh says in the video, we are shifting to a new posture that will continue to include all the precautions and protocols we need to observe in order to do everything that we are called to do in ministering to one another as a gathered church body.

In the coming days, we will also introduce protocols for Sunday gatherings of CROSSWAY KIDS and CROSSWAY STUDENTS!

We are excited for what this new chapter means because we so deeply love you and desire to see you grow in Christ-likeness and care for each other during this time.

You are loved!
Crossway Leadership Team

Wednesday, July 1 – CROSSWAY REGATHERING: July 5th Update

Please watch the video above as Pastor Josh explains what this Sunday morning will look like and how we should be looking out to care for those around us.


To our Crossway Family,

In seeking to be in step with health authorities and local government directives, and in consideration of the health and vulnerabilities of those within our own church family, the Elders have decided that we will not be offering to meet in person this Sunday, July 5, 2020. We would ask that the whole church join us for the 11a live-stream.

This is not a return to Home-based Worship, but we do want you all to be worshipping in your home along with the live-stream! It will feel just like the last several Sundays where half of the church has been watching the live-stream of the 11a service.

Thank you for your flexibility and grace in light of these strange times. It may not be what we wanted this Sunday to look like, but we are grateful that we have the technology set up to make this happen when we cannot be together.

Be on the lookout on Saturday night for Sunday’s Resource Guide!

You are loved!
Crossway Leadership Team

Friday, June 26 – CROSSWAY REGATHERING: For Those Attending…

For those attending Sunday morning, thank you so much for RSVPing! We are so excited to see you!

Please click above to view a brief message from Pastor Josh about what to expect when you arrive on Sunday.

Shamus has also recorded a brief message for the parents who will all be keeping their kids with them in corporate worship on Sunday morning. While this video is so important and grace-giving for parents, it is also a great resource for everyone who will be in attendance. 

You are loved!
Crossway Leadership Team

Thursday, June 18 – CROSSWAY REGATHERING: Bexar County Mandate Update

Recently, Judge Wolff released an updated Executive Order for all of Bexar County about face coverings and social distancing. Please watch the video above as Pastor Josh explains what that means for Sunday morning gatherings and other Crossway events.

Highlights:

    • For Level 1 of Crossway Regathering, the Worship Center is already set up for social distancing. But some things which have been optional are now required…
    • Please stay six feet from people who are not in your household.
    • If you must be (or want to be) within six feet of others, you are required to wear a face covering.
    • Because of how we have arranged the Worship Center, you do not have to wear a face covering at your seat.

We thank you for the grace you are showing to us and others around you as we all try to navigate these strange times together.

You are loved!
Crossway Leadership Team

Thursday, June 4 – CROSSWAY REGATHERING: What Should I Expect?

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What should I expect this Sunday morning?

We have received that question from many of you and want to help you navigate what this will look like, whether you are joining with us at the church building or watching the live-stream.

Please click above to watch Pastor Josh explain some of the things that we want you to be aware of for this first week of Crossway Regathering.

In addition to the video, we want to point out a couple quick items:

    • The 8:45a service will not be live-streamed.
    • The website for the live-stream is the same as what it was for Home-based Worship. Go to live.crosswaysa.org to watch the service at 11a. If you click over there early, it will show a preservice video, similar to what we used to see before Home-based Worship.
    • Based on our limited accommodations at this time, we are hoping to invite each small group every other week. So if you did not receive an invitation this week, look for it in your email inbox early next week.
    • Small Group leaders are kept current on which groups are scheduled to be invited each week, so please check with your leader if there are any questions about scheduling.
    • If you are not plugged into a church small group, please email [email protected] to find out about what it looks like to join Crossway! 

Just like before, we will send out a Sunday Worship Guide on Saturday evening, so be on the lookout for that!

You are loved!
Crossway Leadership Team

CROSSWAY REGATHERING: Grace Abounds

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Hey Crossway!

We are so eager to meet together in person again! We are committed to doing so in a way that honors the Lord, the governing authorities, and one another. This webpage will serve as a resource for Crossway Regathering, and any updates will be posted here. We are excited that, barring any outbreaks or necessary course-corrections, REGATHERING Level 1 is expected to begin on Sunday, June 7th!

Let’s move forward in these plans eager to extend grace to one another. Re-engaging in public gatherings will look different for different people. This is a wonderful opportunity to practice the attitude Christ calls us to: “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4), and “Outdo one another in showing honor” (Romans 12:10).  Let’s go above and beyond in honoring one another during this time.

This guide is based off of Governor Abbott’s plan to reopen Texas and our local authorities guidance as well. We believe it is the wisest way for our church to move forward at this time.  Some things will look different than what we are used to in a worship service, but what won’t  look different is our commitment to lift high the name of Jesus through worship, boldly proclaim God’s word, earnestly seek God in prayer, and glorify God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission! 

You are loved!

Crossway Elders and Staff


Adapted from Governor Abbott’s executive order GA-23, the following are the minimum recommended health protocols for all public gatherings. These protocols are not a limit on the health protocols that individuals may adopt. Individuals are encouraged to adopt additional protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to help protect the health and safety of all Texans. 

The virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to others by infected persons who have few or no symptoms.  Even if an infected person is only mildly ill, the people they spread it to may become seriously ill or even die, especially if that person is 65 or older with pre-existing health conditions that place them at higher risk. Because of the hidden nature of this threat, everyone should follow the practices specified in these protocols, all of which facilitate a safe and measured reopening of public gatherings. The virus that causes COVID-19 is still circulating in our communities. We should continue to observe practices that protect everyone, especially those who are most vulnerable. 

Health protocols:

  • Self-screen before going to any Crossway gatherings (Worship Services, Small Group, etc) for any of the following, and do not go if you have any of the following symptoms: 
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Diarrhea
    • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19
  • Maintain at least 6 feet separation from other individuals not within the same household unless otherwise mutually agreed on. 
  • Face masks are optional, but please exercise sensitivity in general toward others regarding physical proximity and contact.

In addition to following Governor Abbott’s plan and recommendations, Crossway is referencing the CDC’s guidance for Child Care Programs That Remain Open, the CDC’s instructions for Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities, and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ National Health & Safety Performance Standards.


 

REGATHERING – LEVEL 1

CROSSWAY REGATHERING – LEVEL 1: WORSHIP SERVICES 

We are taking precautions for our Worship Services in three main ways: Reduced Capacity, Social Distancing, and Sanitizing. 

Reduced Capacity

Instead of 3 service times, we will have two services at 8:45am and 11am. 

We will keep our worship services at a reduced capacity, which means we will be able to host fewer people each week. 

Invitations to attend will be offered on a rotating basis through Small Groups. When it is your Sunday to attend worship service, you will receive an invitation via email from Crossway. We hope to invite roughly half of our Small Groups each Sunday, and we will have some margin capacity left over for non-members. On the Sundays that you are not attending corporate worship, we will continue to equip you through a Live Stream of the entire worship service at home! We strongly encourage active engagement in worship and prayer in your homes to continue during this time!

Social Distancing

We ask that people arrive up to 15 minutes prior to the service time so that our ushers can escort and seat people/households with appropriate social distancing. 

Giving and Connection Cards will be done on phones to reduce social contact. If anyone would like to give a cash gift, there will be a box for giving at the back of the worship center. On communion Sundays, elements will be served in packs delivered by ushers to each household to avoid passing plates.

We will dismiss services by households to maintain social distancing inside the worship center. Those who wish to socialize in the breezeway before and after the services are free to do so.

Sanitizing

We will provide hand sanitizer as it is available, but also encourage you to bring your own. We will have a crew sanitizing between services

CROSSWAY REGATHERING – LEVEL 1: CROSSWAY KIDS

During Level 1, there will be no separate Crossway Kids Ministry at our facility – children will attend worship services with their parents. We believe this is a God-given opportunity for parents to train their children to engage in adult corporate worship. Children’s participation in adult worship service is not our main tool for making little disciples at Crossway, but it is an essential element that we get to cultivate during this time! 

Crossway Kids at Home videos will continue to be sent during Level 1. We are so thankful for our volunteers who are serving behind the scenes and “behind the screens!”

CROSSWAY REGATHERING – LEVEL 1: CROSSWAY STUDENTS

There will be no regular gatherings for Crossway Students at our facility during Level 1, but there may be a few selective gatherings for special purposes and our Student Ministry leaders are eager to continue to connect with students via Zoom! Please be on the lookout for emails from us and keep having discipleship conversations with your students.

CROSSWAY REGATHERING – LEVEL 1: SMALL GROUPS 

During Level 1, Small Groups will be able to gather in person again – with a generous allowance for people to “Zoom in.” We want you to feel total freedom to do what is most wise for you and your family. Some of the Small Group leaders may be the ones Zooming in, those who are unable to secure childcare may be Zooming in, and high risk individuals may be Zooming in. But, as people are able and willing, physically gathering with others in your Small Group is welcomed during Level 1.

Now let’s discuss some staples of Small Group time: snacks and hugs! During this initial phase, consider bringing your own snack if you are gathering physically with your Small Group. Your group leaders may see that a snack is made available, but it could help you social distance if you have your own on hand. As far as hugs and handshakes go, there’s no pressure to engage in such – you won’t be pressured, and we trust that your love for your neighbor will mean that you will respect others’ comfort levels as well!

For group service/outreach events, Small Groups should look for opportunities that minimize physical contact with those they are serving during Level 1.

CROSSWAY REGATHERING – LEVEL 1: CONNECTIONS

Normally, Step One is a brief meet and greet for any newcomers after the service in the worship center lobby. During Level 1 of Crossway Regathering, we will not be having Step One after worship services. We are looking to provide video resources for orienting new people to the church, and our connections team will personally reach out to any guests and provide ways for people to sign up for Step Two. 

Step Two is our 90 minutes class that covers why and how we worship, walk, and work for Christ together as a church. During Level 1, Step Two will be offered with reduced capacity or via Zoom, according to need, and any snacks provided will be offered in a manner that promotes social distancing.

Step Three is typically a meeting with an elder or staff member to help people plug into a Small Group, serve on a Ministry Team, and join the church in Membership. During Level 1, these can be done in person or Zoom depending on preference.


 

REGATHERING – LEVEL 2

CROSSWAY REGATHERING – LEVEL 2: WORSHIP SERVICES

Level 2 will have less restrictions and we look forward to providing more details when the time comes!

CROSSWAY REGATHERING – LEVEL 2: CROSSWAY KIDS

We are planning to include Crossway Kids for ages 0 through pre-K at our facility in Level 2. We are already preparing to implement the necessary precautions and look forward to providing more details when the time comes!

CROSSWAY REGATHERING – LEVEL 2: CROSSWAY STUDENTS

We plan to gather for Crossway Students during Level 2, but anticipate having some social distancing strategies in place. We look forward to providing more details when the time comes!

CROSSWAY REGATHERING – LEVEL 2: SMALL GROUPS 

Level 2 will ease some of the restrictions of Level 1, and we look forward to providing more details when the time comes!

CROSSWAY REGATHERING – LEVEL 2: CONNECTIONS

We look forward to providing more details when the time comes!


 

REGATHERING – LEVEL 3

Level 3 will have even less restrictions than Level 2. We are looking forward to that day!

Stay tuned for more updates from Crossway...

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