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ABOUT DOORS

One definition of ‘Door’ is “…a means of access or participation.”

Our desire at Crossings is to have multiple doors for people to connect and participate with our community.

HELPING PEOPLE FIND THIER WAY BACK TO GOD is what Crossings is all about and we believe we are all on that journey. Being in community is a place for us to work out that journey but also a place to invite people to come alongside us. We want to encourage everyone to be in community because the close relationships formed contribute to our journey back to God. It is mainly through our relationships with others that we experience the outworking of our belief in God.

Two doors that you can use to connect and participate in community are ‘Session Groups‘ and ‘Small Groups.’

SESSION GROUPS

Session Groups are a space for people to connect and be in community for designated periods of time. We will have three times throughout the year for people to join a Session Group; Fall, Spring & Summer. These groups will vary throughout the year as interest and leaders arise. Some examples of Session Groups would be: Financial Peace University, Journey Groups, Yoga, Zumba, or Book Clubs. We are always looking for people to lead and facilitate a Session Group. If you are interested please contact smallgroups@crossingsknoxville.com. If you would like to join a Session Group, please contact the leader listed directly.

Here is a list of the current Session Groups:

RAMI’S CAFE BOOK CLUB

Leader: Mark Nelson

Crossings has an on-going book club on Tuesday mornings that meets at 7:30 AM at Rami’s Cafe, 3553 N Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917 in North Knoxville. We eat breakfast together and have a conversation about a current book.  This round we will be reading "Braving the Wilderness" by Brene Brown. We usually don’t discuss more than a chapter or two per week.

CROSSINGS CRAFTERS

Leader: Jennifer Overholser

This group is for women of all ages who love to craft. It will be held bi-weekly at the home of Jennifer Overholser (North Knox). This will be a fun time to create new things while sharing life together.  Right now, this group will be meeting on Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:30 (but if that time doesn't work for people we can adjust).

PRESENT OVER PERFECT

Leader: Meagan Egli

Meagan is leading a study of the Shauna Niequist book “Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living”

QUESTIONS HAVE POWER (ONLINE COMMUNITY)

Leaders: Mark Medley & Amy Hoppcok

By asking ourselves meaningful questions and having the courage to listen, we can live more purposeful lives. In this online centered group, we will explore the power of questions to get unstuck, and discuss how to find the bravery needed to listen and take personal action for a more intentional life. Weekly questions will be used as a catalyst to move us from reactive living (something happens and we respond without thinking) to making thoughtful decisions about living with purpose. The online format will be a safe space for reflection, sharing and learning. When we take the time to seriously reflect, we’ll find ourselves challenged by what our lives can become.

COLLEGE GROUP

Leader: Jacob and Julianna Zoch

Jacob and Julianna are opening their home to lead and host a college age group.

WALKING WITH JOY

Leader: Joy Gaertner

Joy is leading two ministry opportunities here in Knoxville. The first is a community singles ministry for 40+ which is a non-denominational gathering of men and women desiring to build friendships, grow spiritually and serve others. It meets every week on Tuesday at Cherokee Mills at 6:30 PM. Joy is also a certified grief recovery specialist and will be leading a workshop called, “Making Peace With Your Past”. For more information about either of these opportunities please check out www.walkingwithjoy.com

FOR THE LOVE OF READING

Leader: Beth Scoonover

This group will focus on inspiring young minds to love the imaginative world of books! We'll create space for this goal by enthusiastically reading to classrooms full of 2nd graders at Christenberry Elementary once a week for 8-9 weeks, starting in October. This 8-9 week period will kick-off with a Book Fair event, where we'll help these same 2nd graders select books to take home as their very own! We’ll read on Friday mornings, generally meeting at 8:30 at the school, then reading in the classrooms at 9AM for 20-30 minutes.  We’ll grab the occasional coffee afterwards.

SCRIPTURE STUDY

Leaders: Patrick King

Patrick leads a Scripture study each Friday from 8:00 - 9:00 AM. They will meet downtown in the Phoenix Pharmacy & Fountain located at 418 S Gay St.

Text "Acts" to 865-999-0899  if you have any problems or have more questions.

ADOPTION

Leader: Nicole & Kevin Saylor

Experienced families and professionals will lead sessions on types of adoption and foster, the theology of adoption, and resources, support, and help for families who foster and/or adopt. We welcome all members of the adoption triad: prospective adoptive/foster families, adult  adoptees, and first/biological families that may want to participate. This group meets during the 10:30 gathering so that children have care via Crossings' Kid City.  The hard topics discussed in this group do not make it appropriate for children to attend.

SMALL GROUPS

When Jesus was on his mission to reach the world with the story of God’s love and grace, he used a fairly practical game plan…he poured his time and energy into a small group of people (his disciples).The early group of Jesus followers took up this same game plan of meeting and sharing together and changed the world…”They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Every day they continued to meet together… they broke bread in their homes and ate together… and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42, 44, 46-47

Small Groups are an opportunity for people to connect with each other on a regular basis as we journey back to God. Transformation happens as each group travels together through the story of God and as we allow it to change our story. As the story of God changes us it also challenges us to participate in the mission of God.

We want to encourage everyone in our community to join a Small Group because the close relationships formed contribute to our journey back to God. It is mainly through our relationships with others that we experience the outworking of our belief in God.

These Small Groups aspire to be a place for honest discussion and are a designed to be a safe place where people can be supported and challenged and are a space for spiritual formation to happen.

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