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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.

BOARD GAMES

Leader: Andrew Fultz

We will be meeting on Thursdays at 7:00 P.M. in South Knoxville. We play a variety of board games, including Settlers of Catan, Risk, etc. If you'd like to bring your own board game for the group to play, feel free to do so. Contact Andrew Fultz if you'd like to roll the dice on this session group.

MARRIAGE

Leader: Doug and Shannon Johnson

We would like to facilitate a small group of folks to take a look at relationship insights and wisdom that will have you dealing with conflict in a marriage quickly, easily and biblically. It's a 10-part DVD series called Love and Respect by Emerson and Sarah Eggrichs. We'll watch each session together and then chat up the good, the bad, the ugly, as well as what may seem funny, impossible or achievable.

KAT GROUP

Leaders: Michael O'Malley

Who says you have to go DC or NYC to enjoy public transportation? This session group is all about riding in style on the esteemed (and now Wi-Fi capable) buses of the Knoxville Area Transit. Each session, we'll meet at the KAT station downtown and ride the buses to a different Knoxville location (a restaurant, a park, or some other hip hangout) in the interest of learning more about the city and experiencing the joy and adventure that public transit in Knoxville offers. Transit rookies, veterans, and in-betweeners welcome. Contact Michael O’Malley for information.

RACE, POVERTY, & PLACE

Leader: Molly Conaway

This group will meet on Tuesdays @ 6:30-8pm in the Crossings offices at 4ms. This group will think and talk through how people of faith might engage in social issues such as race relations, approaches to low-income communities, and place making.

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.

CRAFT BEER

Leaders: Andrew Fultz

Do you like craft beer? Have you ever wondered how beer is made? Since its discovery in ancient Mesopotamia, beer has been a popular drink for humanity. Andrew Fultz and Thomas Smith, two beginning brewers, would like to invite you to join them in brewing their next batch of beer in September to consume in October. The process of making beer involves a brewing day, which takes about four-five hours to complete. After two weeks of fermentation, we will meet again to bottle the beer, which requires about two-three hours of your time. Then, after another week, we will meet one more time to drink the beer (not all of it, of course). In the off-week during fermentation, we will go to a local brewery to tour their facilities and sample their selection.

STORY

Leader: Jenni Cunic

A time for story-lovers, poets, writers, artists… to come together and share in a time of exchanging works of storytelling, poetry, song, and any other form of expressive story you would like to explore—perhaps a painting or cultural delicacy. We will meet once-a-week in the evenings and exchange stories. You will be invited to share, but are also free to come and simply soak in the narratives. You may share a narrative of your own or someone else's. There will also be an optional new prompt each week to help guide ideas. The session group could culminate in an evening of storytelling open to everyone to come and experience some of the stories we have been exploring throughout the semester.

3RD - 6TH GRADE GIRLS GROUP

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

We will be hosting a girls small group open to any girl between 3rd-6th grade! We will meet and do fun projects and a study on Wednesday evenings from 6-7:30pm at Rebecca O’Malley’s home. This will be a fun way to grow and study and pray together as we figure out what it means to know God and be a girl in the world today!

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.

GREENWAYS

Leader: Liz Porter

Do you enjoy walking? Knoxville has a variety of greenways to choose from. Each session we'll pick one and plan an evening walk, meeting throughout September and October until daylight savings time ends or it's too dark in the evening. Tentatively planned for Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday evening at 5:30 or 6:00, we will be flexible and look for input from the group to pick routes. Also open to possible destinations along the route, if there's an interest in enjoying a meal or spending an evening someplace.

HIKING

Leader: Robert and Sam Bedsole

East Tennessee is a magical place. We are home to some of the tallest mountains, some of the oldest trees, and some of the largest arches in the Eastern US. We are also home to a wide array of spectacular waterfalls, canyons, and caves. We will meet once a month (Saturdays or Sundays) to travel to some of these “thin” places. Dates, hiking distances, etc. are flexible depending on input from the group.

YOUNG ADULT GROUP

Leader: Janey Green

Janey is leading a Young Adult group that will meet on Sunday's in the Crossings' office (o the 3rd floor of 4 Market Square) at 7:00 PM. This will be a great time to connect, study, and get to know other's in our community.

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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