It’s my first time, What should I expect?
Expect to feel at home. No pressure, no anxiety, no intimidation and no guilt. You’ll hear rocking live music, enjoy free snacks and coffee, sit in stadium seats and experience the bible preached in an interactive and visual way using technology, video, music and some other crazy stuff. The entire Sunday experience lasts about an hour and one thing is for sure….you won’t be bored and you won’t feel unwelcome.
FIRST THINGS FIRST… DO I NEED TO DRESS UP?
Come as you are, and dress however you want; from shirt and tie to sandals and shorts, everyone is welcome here. Whether you are single, married, a parent, teen or child, we strive to make church creative, relevant and excellent for you each week.
What About My Teenagers?
Any way you can help me get them out of bed? Sorry, you’ll have to turn their light on and fuss with them all by yourself. But seriously, we have special youth services designed just for them during our 11:00am service. We think it’s way cooler than going to school and that they’ll want to be there with out all the hassle. In fact, we’ve heard rumors of kids and teens practically pulling mom and dad out of bed just to come to church. How’s that for a change?
That’s a great question you rarely hear asked aloud… There are plenty of other things to occupy your life with, right? Why add more to the already frantic pace? How will church add anything to my life?
If we are truly honest most of us would admit that “something” is missing in our lives and that “something” is spiritual. There’s a part of us that needs more than the stuff of this life. Erwin McManus in his book “Soul Cravings”, says it this way: “There are cravings within me, though, that pull on me like an addiction. They have always been with me and have even at times tormented me. Beyond my flesh, beyond my mind, beyond my heart, there seems to be a place where my deepest and most powerful cravings lie. And they do not lie silently… I’ve tried so many things, certain they would satisfy my soul but they never did.”
Decades earlier French philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal put his finger on the same “soul craving” that McManus addresses. In his book, The Penses we read,“What is it then that this desire and this inability proclaim to us, but that there was once in man a true happiness of which there now remain to him only the mark and empty trace, which he in vain tries to fill from all his surroundings, seeking from things absent the help he does not obtain in things present? But these are all inadequate, because the infinite abyss can only be filled by an infinite and immutable object, that is to say, only by God Himself.”
As a church we exist to help people on the path to find their way back to that “immutable object” God Himself. And we’re hoping that a growing number of people will find their own “soul craving” strong enough to motivate them to, not only get out of bed and come to church on Sunday mornings, but to seek the God who has been seeking them.
The Hope of the World
Another reason is that we believe we were called to do more than live for ourselves. Together, moving forward with grace and compassion, we are able to see not only our own lives made better but we can also better the lives of those around us. Each week marriages are saved, lives are changed, and our neighborhoods and communities are becoming better places to live as we join arms to make a difference.
You too, were created to do more than take up real estate and suck up air — your greatest joy lies in discovering God’s purpose for your life and in joining others to give back to one another. This is God’s greatest dream for the church and when she is healthy and operates the way God intended, we believe that the local church can be the hope of the world.
We’re more like you than you probably realize.
Will I fit in Here?
So, what if there were a church that knew what you were thinking? What if there were a church committed to moving beyond boring? Not because they want your money or your membership, but because they’ve been where
They know what it feels like to be bored, disinterested and turned off by religion. They know what it’s like to sit through a religious service and have no idea what’s going on or what’s being said.
Of course, “church-as-usual” is a hard habit to break. It takes a more thoughtful approach and a little more work to rescue the church from irrelevance. But it also requires a desire to listen and learn; to think outside the box; to meet people where they’re at.
THE VERY THINGS JESUS DID ARE THE SAME THINGS THE CHURCH HAS A HARD TIME DOING.
IT’S KIND OF IRONIC, DON’T YOU THINK?
There’s never been a perfect church – anytime, anywhere. You probably already knew that. But it still feels good to be honest about it. Those of us who have searched for perfection at church have always been disappointed or disillusioned, or both.
That’s why so many of us have walked away from church and religion. We’re convinced that church is a hangout for hypocrites. And depending on where you go, that might be true. For some reason, us christians have developed a special talent for that. Journey’s Crossing understands that it’s terminally imperfect.
WE DON’T WASTE ANY TIME TRYING TO COVER UP OUR FLAWS OR MASK OUR FAULTS (WE HAVE PLENTY).
We, like you, are trying to play with the cards we’ve been dealt. We’re asking the same questions, searching for the same answers, and struggling with the same issues. We live in the same community and deal with the same problems. We’re concerned about our futures and our finances, our families and our friends…the stuff of everyday life.
So before you write church off completely, give Journey’s Crossing a chance to change your mind.
We realize you could do a thousand other things on a Sunday morning. So can we. But we’ve found a group of people who are willing to be real with us, to walk with us, to support us and to give us a church experience that’s anything but boring. There’s something different here. Come and see.