Care & Help Ministries

Care Ministries at Crossroads exist to uplift and strengthen our church and community to become fully devoted followers of Christ. We do that by touching lives in greatest areas of need as we seek to encourage progress in connecting, growing and serving. Find a ministry below that meets your specific need.
 

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    Abilities Enabled

    Dedicated to ministering to those among us who have special needs by:

    • Creating a church home for persons with all abilities to connect to God
    • Providing an environment to connect with and support individuals who have special abilities and needs, as well as connect with their families and friends
    • Reaching others who witness God's love and grace lived out through ministry to persons with special needs
       

    Sunday Morning Connect Classes & Volunteer Opportunities: 

    Awesome Outcomes
    11am  |  Rm 763
    A Sunday Class for parents, singles, and adults of all ages who may have a friend or family member with special needs. For more information about this class, contact Pam Chance at 919.847.6090.

    Little Star
    11am  | Rm 360
    A Sunday School class (Sunday Morning Connect) for children with special needs, ages 2-10. We embrace each child's special needs and provide a safe environment where they can learn about Jesus in a more sensory-integrated environment. Children worship through music, prayer, crafts, and play. We also provide shadows for children who are able to participate in their peer classes with support.

    Teen Star
    11am  |  Rm 733
    A Sunday School (Sunday Morning Connect) class for teens and preteens with special needs, ages 11-17. This class is more structured and uses the TEACCH method through which teens can worship, do crafts, pray, and learn about Jesus. We also provide shadows for teens who are able to attend youth ministry programs with support.

    Adult Star
    11am  |  Rm 732
    A Sunday Morning Connect (Sunday School) class for adults with special needs, ages 18 and up. We offer worship, prayer time and a Bible lesson with discussion. It is a great time of learning and fellowship in a relaxed and safe atmosphere. For more information about this class, contact Mike Coan at 919.948.9515.

    Shadow Buddies Needed
    The Abilities Enabled Ministry needs fun loving volunteers to serve as Shadow Buddies in the children’s Sunday School classrooms. No experience or special skills necessary, only open arms and a loving heart. Volunteers must fill out an application and background check form and be at least 8th grade to adult. Training will be provided. For more information, contact Susan Swearingen (919.349.9964).

    Respite Care

    Friday, May 11
    6 - 9pm  |  Rm 321, 359, 360, 764, 756
    Once a month our Respite program provides a break for families with children with special needs. This occurs typically on the second Friday of the month. Respite includes crafts, snacks, playground time, movies, and plenty of games. Both children with special needs — from 6 months to 21 years of age — and their siblings 12 and under are welcome!

    Below you will find the necessary forms for Respite Attendance. Please print and fill these out prior to attending Respite in 2017.



    Upcoming Respite Dates for 2018:
    June 8
    September 21
    October 12
    November 9
    December 7


     

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    Adoption & Foster Care

    Chosen By Grace
    Adoption and Foster Care Ministry

    There are over 143 million orphans in the world today and over 400,000 children in foster care in the United States of which over 100,000 are adoptable. God holds a very special place in his heart for orphans and adoption.

    As believers, God adopted each of us into his family...

    • John 1:12 - But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
    • Galatians 4:4-5 - But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.


    And God calls each of us to care for orphans...

    • James 1:27 - Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.


    The mission of the Chosen by Grace ministry is to...

    • Educate and Inform the church body about the need for orphan care.
    • Support families through prayer, personal contact, and encouragement, and offer mentoring between families who have already adopted/fostered and those who are interested in or already in the process.
    • Resource families with information to evaluate agencies, funding options and the home study process.
    • Network with other churches, agencies and groups around the world to spread the message of adoption, foster care and global orphan care.

       
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    Career Connections

    Career Connections
    A local ministry that networks job seekers, employers, recruiters, trainers and organizations

    Weekly Meetings

    Sundays
    9:15 - 10:30am  |  Rm 758, Millbrook Campus
    Career Connections ministry on Sundays is designed for persons who are unemployed, underemployed or in-transition seeking resources in a one-on-one informational environment. With a difficult economy and a slow recovery, you need to be aware of every pertinent resource you can utilize to reach your objective. Request a Sunday Morning Appointment. Our team is ready to help.

    Fridays 
    9 - 10:30am  |  Rm 767, Millbrook Campus
    This group focuses on forming relationships, sharing links to business and career resources, refining and strengthening our faith, and learning to be accountable to each other while taking the reasonable steps in our job search. Come and have some coffee and fellowship with people who understand. The group is also open to any Crossroads volunteers who are interested in contributing, mentoring or encouraging the group. Email Career Connections for more information.

    Why Career Connections?

    • Benefit from one-on-one career counseling
    • Take a personal inventory (Proverbs 25:2)
    • Learn about the current job market and emerging trends
    • Team up with others—it's important! (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)
    • Learn about the benefits of time management and establishing a routine (Psalm 90:12, Proverbs 6:6-11, John 10:10)
    • Develop a 'survival plan' (financial, basic needs, emotional, spiritual)

      Click HERE for a more detailed presentation.


    Other Career-Related Ministry Meetings
      
    Colonial Baptist Church JobSeekers
    919.233.9100
    Mondays, 8:30 - 11am
    Colonial Baptist Student Center

    Hope Community Church
    919.532.0620
    Thursdays, 8:30 - 10am

     

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    Crisis Care Resonse Team (CCRT)

    Crisis Care Response Team volunteers come alongside unconnected members and attenders who have experienced a life-changing event such as the birth of a baby, loss of a loved one, or a hospital stay. When your feet are tired and your hands are full, please call on us for help at 919.981.0222 x417 or email CCRT.

    When Should You Contact Crisis Care Response Team?

    When a need arises and...

    • you are a member or attender of Crossroads Fellowship, and the need involves you or a member of your immediate household
    • you are not currently involved in a small group or ministry team, or the need is greater than your small group or ministry team can support
    • your need is primarily physical and less than two weeks in nature such as: meals, hospital visits, and home bound visits


    How Can I Serve on the CCRT Team?

    Download and complete this application and return via email or mail to Crossroads Fellowship Church, Attention: CCRT, 2721 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27604.

     

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    Celebrate Recovery

    Celebrate Recovery: A Christ-Centered Recovery Program

    Fridays
    7 - 9pm  |  The Chapel, Millbrook Campus*
    *Enter through the West Entrance off Hargrove Rd (Buliding Map) and proceed to the Chapel.  

    Celebrate Recovery helps individuals connect to each other, find support and encouragement and grow in Christ as they meet together in Christian fellowship with biblical teaching, testimonies and joyful praise and worship. This ministry helps serve our church and community by providing a safe place where people in Raleigh and surrounding areas can come to take off the mask and openly confess their hurts, habits and hang-ups. As they work through the 12 steps and the eight principles found in the Beatitudes, and humbly trust in the unconditional love of Jesus and His victory over the penalty and the power of sin, people find hope, healing and recovery. Free child care is available.

    Meetings are held in a safe, confidential environment with gender-based small groups dealing with:
    chemical dependency / eating disorders / workaholism / anger and anxiety problems / gambling addiction / codependency and enabling / sexual addiction / control issues / relationship challenges

    Friday Night Schedule

    • Worship & Teaching or Testimony:  7pm  |  The Chapel
    • Newcomers 101 (meeting for first-time visitors only):  8pm  |  Rm 732
    • Open Share Groups: 8pm  |  Rm 734, 737, 751


    Socials

    • Crosstalk Cafe - join us for coffee and fellowship:
      2nd Friday of each month  |  9pm  |  The Chapel
    • Solid Rock Cafe - join us for food and fellowship:
      Last Friday of each month  |  9pm  |  The Chapel


    Celebrate Recovery Youth Program

    Celebration Place is a safe place for children K-5th grade to connect and grow while their parents or caregivers are in Celebrate Recovery. This program is not meeting currently.

    Contact the Celebrate Recovery leadership team or call 919.981.0222 x600 if interested in volunteering with this program.

    12-Step Studies - For Men or Women

    Contact the Celebrate Recovery leadership team or call 919.981.0222 x600 if interested in attending either study.

    Please check out the national Celebrate Recovery website: www.celebraterecovery.com

     

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    DivorceCare

    DivorceCare
    Offering a Safe Place to Heal
     

    Mondays  |  *Next Session Begins August 6
    6:30 - 8:30pm  |  North Lobby, Millbrook Campus 

    Each lesson is self-contained, so you may join at any point. If you are coming for the first time, registration is open before each meeting from 6 - 6:30pm. The registration fee is $15 and includes a workbook.

    Child care is available (6 weeks to 10 years), and it is free!

    What is DivorceCare?

    DivorceCare is a biblically-based, Christ-centered, 13-week DVD-based ministry program. (View the "What is DivorceCare?" video) It offers a safe place to help people who are experiencing separation and divorce find help for the hurts, hope for the future and to experience God’s healing power. Many issues will be addressed, such as: facing your anger, loneliness, financial survival, kid care, and forgiveness—to name just a few. Whether you've been separated only one day or divorced for 20+ years, this is a great place to start your healing.

    You will hear from nationally recognized Christian experts in the field of divorce and recovery. You will receive a guidebook to be used while viewing the video presentations; and you will be connected to a small group for discussion time following the video.

    Click HERE for Frequently Asked Questions.

    Foundations Track "Graduate Course"

    The Foundations track follows the same schedule as DivorceCare. If you are divorced and have completed the 13-week DivorceCare series, this growth oriented series will help you take the next step toward better relationships in all parts of your life. Foundations requires prior approval—email Debra Clark.

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    Financial Freedom

    The Financial Freedom Ministry provides classes, workshops, resources and budget coaching to help people realize financial freedom by getting out of debt, establishing a budget and learning about God's view of money. Crossroads Fellowship partners with Financial Peace University, a national ministry to help people achieve financial freedom. Check it out at
    DaveRamsey.com.

    Financial Freedom Classes

    Financial Peace University (FPU)
    What could the people of God do for His Kingdom if they were debt-free? Find out the answer to this and other pertinent questions in a Financial Peace University class.

    The FPU program is a 10-week video study created by Dave Ramsey that teaches how to apply proven common sense principles that will allow you to walk in financial peace and become debt-free. The cost is $90 for the membership kit.

    *Note: When the 10-week program has begun, you are welcome to start in the middle and make up the classes you missed during the next cycle. However in order to get the maximum benefit of the program we recommend taking the classes in order from start to finish, and we don't recommend beginning after the third week.

    Check out Dave Ramsey's website for helpful information on Dave and his ministry.

    Millbrook Campus:
    Sundays
    9:15 - 10:45am  |  Rm 501 


    Wake Forest Campus:
    Sundays
    10:00 - 11:30am  |  Rm 206  

    Financial Freedom Workshops

    We offer several individual workshops to help you focus on one of a variety of financial topics. Classes are taught by a financial expert and are two hours or less. Some workshops are free, while others have a small fee. Workshops also include a variety of retirement and Social Security topics as well.

    A Parent Student Guide to College Planning
    Sunday, April 29  |  12:30pm
    Millbrook Campus,  Rm 753/766
    College is more expensive – and more important – than ever before. As a result, many students are coming out of school with significant student loan debt and mediocre results. In this workshop, we’ll speak with parents AND students on how to properly prepare for college, including an overview of financial aid, scholarships, grants, student loans and the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). Parents will receive additional info on various college saving vehicles such as state 529 plans, the Coverdale Education Savings Account (ESA) and tax issues around saving for and paying for your student’s college experience. Students will have a frank discussion about the importance of being invested in the process and will get tips on choosing a school and degree program along with a primer on student loan debt and the challenges it creates post-graduation. If you are a high school student or the parent of a child attending college in the next few years, you shouldn’t miss this workshop! Lunch is provided and child care is available for children 10 and under.

    Financial Mentoring

    Trained counselors help people and families evaluate their assets, liabilities, income and expenses. With this information, they are assisted in developing a spending plan to effectively allocate income, faithfully tithe, pay bills in a timely manner, eliminate debt, increase savings and create surpluses for God's kingdom. The resulting peace and growing contentment enable counselees to connect more intimately with God, family, others and the world.

    There are two ways to get connected with a Financial Mentor. Fill out the Financial Snapshot form, save it, and then e-mail it to financial.freedom@crossroads.org OR you can complete a Mentor Request Form at our Financial Freedom Ministry table in the Grand Hallway.

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    Getting Married

    Getting married is an exciting time in life and we are very happy to guide you through the process of how Crossroads can be a part of your great day, and help shape the marriage that follows.

    Crossroads is committed to helping couples enter marriage in a committed and Biblical way. It is our desire to help couples create a solid foundation that will make a lasting covenant.

    STEP 1 – Select a Pastor to Officiate Your Ceremony
    If you are not using a Crossroad’s Pastor to marry you, but you would like pre-marital counseling through Crossroads or to use our facility, then you must still select a Crossroad’s Pastor to sponsor you through this process. You can contact any of our pastors by phone by calling 919.981.0222.

    STEP 2 – Complete A Wedding Questionnaire
    Each person getting married must complete a, "Crossroads Wedding Questionnaire," Click Here. The form will be electronically sent to the Pastor you have requested to officiate your wedding, or to your Sponsoring Pastor.

    STEP 3 – Secure the Date & Location of the Wedding
    If you are planning on using our Church Building on your wedding day, your sponsoring pastor can work with our facilities department to secure a particular room for the ceremony or reception. See our, "Policies and Procedures Manual," Click Here for details, or you can contact an administrative support person in the Facilities Department at 919.981.0222.

    STEP 4 – Complete a Premarital Counseling Process
    All couples getting married at Crossroads are asked to participate in a premarital counseling process. The typical process for this is through our Pre-Marriage Mentoring Team. This is a team of trained mentors who meet with you several times prior to your marriage and often continue this mentoring relationship through the first year of marriage. You must be referred to the pre-marriage mentoring team by your Sponsoring Pastor.

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    GriefShare

    GriefShare: When You've Lost Someone You Love

    Thursdays
    6:30 - 8:30pm  |  North Lobby, Millbrook Campus*
    $15 for Workbook
    * View our Parking Map for options closest to the Millbrook North Lobby.

    GriefShare is a 13-week Biblically-based and Christ-centered support group program for anyone who has lost a loved one due to death. At Crossroads, you will find open arms and open hearts.

    A one-time fee of $15 is required at registration for the cost of the workbook.

    GriefShare is the place for getting whole and healed through Jesus Christ.

    We offer a safe place for you to receive comfort and caring support as you walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death on your grieving journey. Each session includes a video of helpful information and a time of sharing with others who have also lost a loved one. For more info call 919.981.0222

    2 Corinthians 1:3-7: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

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    Marriage Mentoring

    Marriage Mentoring

    Pre-Marriage
    Mentoring Pre-Marriage Mentoring is designed to help engaged couples begin their marriage with a Biblical foundation. A mentor is a more experienced couple who empowers an engaged couple through sharing resources and relational experiences. A Pre-Marriage Mentor is neither a Pastor, or marriage expert! They are hand selected, well trained couples who are key leaders at Crossroads Fellowship with a heart for marriage and helping couples honor God in their marriage. Completion of the Pre-Marriage Mentoring program is typically required of anyone who is getting married by a Crossroads' Pastor.

    Marriage Enrichment Mentoring
    The purpose of the Marriage Mentoring Program is to provide appropriate guidance, help, and support to couples who are in need of ministry in their marriage, and in their walks with God. The Marriage Enrichment Mentoring Program is part of a System of Care that uses all the existing support networks within the church.

    The Marriage Enrichment Mentoring Program involves a team of Marriage Mentors who are trained and equipped to mentor a couple through a time of difficulty. This team will be hand selected by key leaders based on maturity, experience, spiritual gifting, and desire for ministry. They will be people who are themselves in a small group or fellowship, and who are established members at Crossroads.


     

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    One-On-One Support

    Crossroads Care Encouragers

    For Difficult Times

    Crossroads Care Encouragers offer care, support and encouragement to people whose lives have been disrupted by divorce, death, grief, loss of a job, retirement changes, health problems, loneliness, discouragement, childbirth, questions about God and faith, and so forth. This ministry trains and supervises lay caregivers to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to people in and around our church. Men meet with men and women meet with women.

    Crossroads Care Encouragers support people who for the most part have their basic coping skills intact, their thinking in order and their emotions under control. These care receivers need someone to walk beside them, to encourage them, to pray with them and for them, and to bear their burdens with them. The Stephen Minister offers his or her support through attentive, active listening and a caring presence.

    If you are interested in learning more about the help Crossroads Care Encouragers can provide, please call us at 919.981.0222 x407 during business hours or email us at CRFencouragers@crossroads.org

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    Prayer Requests

    If you would like our Pastors and Elders to pray for you:

    Email your request to prayer@crossroads.org

    (Emergency prayer requests should not be sent to the email address. Please contact your pastor or ministry leader for more time-sensitive prayer requests.)

    Other methods for submitting prayer requests:

    • Crossroads Elders are available to pray with you after Sunday morning services at the front of the Worship Center.
    • Write your prayer request(s) on the tear-off flap in the bulletin and drop in the offering basket. Pastors and Elders will be praying for you throughout the week.
       

    Important information regarding prayer requests:

    All prayer requests are distributed weekly to our Pastors, Ministers & Elders. All prayer requests are handled confidentially and Crossroads Fellowship reserves the right to edit or disregard requests as we see fit before passing on to our intercessors.

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    Truth & Grace

    Truth & Grace

    Recovery and Support from Past Child Abuse
    *Next Session Begins September 18

    Groups are 9 weeks long and meet in the fall and in the spring. Pre-registration is required. There is a $40 fee associated with this program. For more information or to enroll in the next session, please email Ginna Bustle or call her at 919.771.7833.

    Download and complete the Participant Registration Form prior to meeting.

    The impact of child abuse can last long into adulthood as survivors wrestle with their past. Often survivors feel alone and confused as they struggle with trust, intimacy, self-worth, and the many other issues resulting from their abuse. There is help and hope for those seeking to recover from their past wounds as a child.

    Truth & Grace is for adult survivors of any form of child abuse, neglect, or abandonment. This support and recovery group is led by trusted therapists who are professionals in this field and affiliated with our church. Participants use a curriculum, The Journey Guide, from Open Hearts Ministry. Group members share their personal story in a supportive and confidential small group.