Jesus invited children to come to Him, implying that they could know Him and have a place in God’s Kingdom. Our purposes in Children’s Ministries at Crossroads are two. First, working with parents, to lead children to know Jesus as their Savior and best friend. Second, to encourage the development of Christian character in their lives.
Pre-Service Classes (9am)
NOTE: As we recover / renovate our building (after incurring damage during Hurricane Ida), 9am Sunday School classes are temporarily suspended.
Concurrent with adult and youth Sunday school classes, children also engage with Scripture in programs tailored to their age and maturity:
- Children's Church - Grades 1-5.
- Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers in the nursery. Preschoolers will receive a lesson, and Toddlers are also welcome to participate.
Sunday School (10:30am)
During our weekly worship services, preschool and elementary-aged children join the beginning of the liturgy along with their parents. After our call to worship and some musical worship, children are dismissed to meet their teachers and walk to class with them. (Visiting parents are encouraged to walk out with the children, to meet their child’s teacher, and either to stay and observe the class, or to return to the service.) Parents are also encouraged to pick up their children from classes immediately after the service and take them to the refreshment table.
- Infant Nursery: Ages infant - 2 years
- Toddler Class / Nursery: Ages 2 - 3 years
- Preschool: Ages 4 - 5 years
- Elementary - Primary: Grades 1 - 2
- Elementary - Secondary: Grades 3 - 5
- Middle School: Grades 6 - 8
The youth ministry of Crossroads seeks to proclaim God's word so that youths might be fully equipped for good works. We expect our youths to be transformed by the Gospel. This will affect the whole person including their;
- Heads - "...be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2)
- Hearts - "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you." (Psalm 119:11)
- Hands - "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only..." (James 1:22)
- Come and worship with the congregation
- Learn how God's Word applies to our lives in Sunday school, Small groups, and Special events
- Build deep fellowship with peers at youth group
- Connect with an adult mentor
- Serve local churches and charities regularly
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." (Matthew 22:37-40)
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:19-20)
As we follow Jesus, the Crossroads congregation strives to obey his commands into action -- pursuing God's mercy, justice, and healing (both spritual and physical) into practical ways. In addition to living out our faith in our daily lives, our missional focus also manifests itself corporately in two primary initiatives:
- First, we donate 10% of our annual budget to other missions organizations. Just as each Christian is called to tithe in faith (I Cor 16, Lev 27, Num 18), so too does our church direct a material proportion of our funds to God's other work around the world.
- Second, we sponsor, organize, and participate in short-term missions trips to Ecuador -- at least one annually, in cooperation with E3 Partners.
Missions Organizations Sponsored
Crossroads employs a 4-part strategy in our missions funding. We attempt to donate our funds to causes both locally here in New Jersey, as well as globally in other countries. Also, we wish to provide for both spiritual needs (evangelism), as well as for physical needs (mercy, justice).
- International Student, Inc. [ISI] (John and Aruna Desai) - A ministry reaching out to share the love of Jesus to international students on the campus of Princeton University. They reach these often lonely students (who are far from their families, culture, and language) through Christian hospitality. Monthly dinners are held to bring in new students.
- Harvest USA - A ministry committed to offering the hope of Jesus Christ to individuals struggling with sexual sin. Started in 1983 as an outreach to the homosexual community it has grown and expanded to equip the church in bringing the gospel to those affected by or who struggle with sexual brokenness of all types (pornography and other sexual addictions). Located in Philadelphia, PA.
- Young Life (Lucy Droegge) - Works with teenage mothers and pregnancy centers to spread the Gospel.
Church Deacon (and Radiologist) Tom consulting with patients during our Medical Missions Trip to rural Ecuador.
- Christar (Sister M.K.) - She is working with the people of Asia, sharing the love of Christ to those who do not know Him through a free medical clinic.
- E3 Partners (Dave Johnson) - Dave is the coordinator for E3 to Ecuador. We have partnered with him on our last three short term mission trips to Ecuador and will continue to with future trips to the area.
- New Hope International - The ministry began with smuggling Bibles into Eastern Europe in the 1970’s. It now works to equip local Christians to spread the Word of God through partnerships with national teams. They train, support and administer in many churches and even public schools in the Ukraine, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic and the Republic of Moldova.
- Nepal Ebenezer Bible College = The college is a ministry of the National Churches Fellowship of Nepal. NCFN is the largest coalition of indigenous churches in Nepal and is a member of the World Evangelical Fellowship and Evangelical Fellowship of Asia. The college was established in 1992 with a vision to train Nepali church leaders to equip them to teach, preach and to live according to the Word of God.
- Navigators - Ron and Lelah Kanour - Missionaries in the Raleigh/Durham area bringing the love of Christ to those who have not heard. Other responsibilities include helping pastor’s and churches equip members to bring others to Christ, give direction for growth of the ministry in the area, equip and train staff and informal missionaries in other parts of the U.S. and world, and to provide supervision, mentoring and coaching to Navigator staff and stakeholders in the southeast region of the U.S.
- World Vision (AIDS) - We participate in a program called Operation Hope, run by World Vision, a highly respected Christian Humanitarian charity. This program brings education, economic development, and humanitarian aid to African villages decimated by AIDS.
- Wycliff Bible Translators – Felise and Shalom Alaichamy: Helping and organizing work of translators in Indonesia to translate the Word of God for the different dialects in the area.
- PCA Church Planters (JR and his wife) -
Crossroads supports twenty year veteran missionaries and church planters who do sensitive work with Muslims. JR plans to start a church reaching Muslims in the NYC Metro area. His relationships will hopefully help him to develop contacts with Muslims in “closed” countries the world over.
Small groups provide vital opportunities to develop close friendships with 6 to 12 people who care for one another, pray together, and seek personal application of the Bible to grow in Christ. Consult our weekly church bulletin for a current listing of small groups.