The gospel creates a healthy community of rich diversity. It is our privilege to worship God together as we live out our identity as His brought-together people. In Jesus Christ, we are one spiritual family and therefore we welcome all from Holy Cross to participate with us on this special weekend.
Next Family Weekend Snapshot
Saturday, November 23rd
All are welcome for a church-wide "friendsgiving" dinner. A "friendsgiving" dinner is a Thanksgiving meal among friends.
- What: "Friendsgiving" potluck dinner at the park
- Time: 4:30 - 7:00pm (4:15arrival if you're bringing a dish)
- Location: Ramada #1 at Crossroads Park at Silverbell
- What to bring: If you'd like to bring a favorite side, casserole, or dessert, please let us know when you register.
- To help us plan for the event, please make sure to RSVP.
Sunday, November 24th
- Special morning of family-integrated worship. (available at both services)
- 1st graders and older will join us for a family integrated worship service and will remain in the sanctuary. See below for an important note to parents of young children.
- Nursery through kindergarten classrooms will remain open.
Email our Director of Family & Community, Peter Zimmer
A NOTE TO PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN
Family weekend is a great time to expose to our young children certain elements of worship that they may not normally participate in. This includes The Lord's Supper, the giving of our tithes and offerings, and to some degree the preaching of certain themes in Scripture. The following sections are meant to help our parents of young children thoughtfully consider how to best participate in, and plan for, our next Family Integrated worship.
The Lord's Supper
This celebrated event signifies important spiritual realities. Our participation in The Lord's Supper is one of the ways people who have faith in Jesus remember and enjoy the blessings of His grace. For that reason, we remind all parents that children who have yet to be baptized and profess genuine faith in Jesus should not partake.
This does not mean that there is no benefit to our yet-to-believe children during the Supper. On the contrary, it's a beautiful thing to demonstrate to our young children the importance and substance in this meal. As God's people partake in this meal, we proclaim the gospel to one another and point our children to the hope of salvation that is found in Jesus Christ. It also becomes a wonderful opportunity for further conversations with the youngest members of our church family.
If you are uncertain if your child has expressed genuine faith in Jesus (trust in Christ, repentance of sin, and rest in the gospel), then it is best to not have them participate in the meal. In addition, I, Pastor Pete, and any other elder would love to help shepherd you and your family through these wonderful conversations with your children.
The Giving of Our Gifts
Another intentional moment of participation is the giving of our financial gifts during the worship service. We remind our congregation that the giving of our gifts is not only a biblical act of worship commanded in Scripture but also a clear demonstration of our sacrificial love for God, love for others, and love for the ministry of the church. We encourage you to prepare to make this an intentional time of participation with your young children.
Talk to them beforehand about why we give (All that we have is a gift from God. He instructs us to give as an act of obedient stewardship and participation in the advancement of the gospel in the world. It's one way we show our love for others and sharing of what we have.) Consider giving each of your children a dollar bill to put in the offering plate during the service as a physical act of modeling and training of their faith.