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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.  We usually don’t discuss more than a chapter or two per week.

3rd - 6th GRADE GIRLS GROUP

Leaders: Cara Lorenzo, Laura Manis, & Rebecca O'Malley

Girls devotional group that celebrates the artistic gifts God has given us. Girls will have the opportunity to participate in either a semester-long art project or lyrical dance project. Each Wednesday night we will share a meal and devotional time followed by concentration in our projects. Open to grades 3rd through 6th. Gathering will be Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 at The Village at Restoration House.

CHESS

Leader: Andrew Fultz

Chess is one of the oldest games humans have played. It is often referenced in movies, books, and Crossings teachings, displaying paradoxically an entrenched attitude in American culture and yet remaining mysterious because most people do not know of any strategy associated with the game. This session group will offer a space for people of all levels to learn and play Chess, perhaps even mastering a few tricks that would impress on almost any first-date. From beginners who don't know the names of the pieces, to potential GMs, all are welcome to have fun and play. We will meet on eight Thursdays to play Chess, but don't feel obligated to come every session.

PRAYER

Leaders: Tammy Enix

If you have a heart for prayer and encouragement then this session group could be for you. This group will focus on praying for those in our community who are struggling with loss, health issues or are experiencing other life issues.

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 8-10 weeks this semester.  We hope to give these children (and ourselves) the gift of soaking up a wonderful story for a few minutes each week, and thereby fan the flames of creativity and imagination that stem from reading great works of literature. This group will kick-off with a Book Fair event, where we'll help these same 2nd graders select books (donated by our community) to take home as their very own!

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

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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