Your First Sunday Visit
Thank you for considering visiting us, joining us, and even praying about CrossHope Chapel as a possible church family home for your spiritual care and growth!
I realize that our fellowship is not for everyone or for every need a Christian individual or a family may be seeking from a church home, but we are here for those looking for something simpler, smaller, and more relaxed.
Please let me know if you have any questions about CrossHope Chapel or how we do church gatherings and I will be more than happy to explain further.
If you would like to meet up to talk at our Chapel or a local coffee shop, I would be more than happy to meet with you and answer any questions, too. Just contact me.
I think the best way to find our if CrossHope Chapel is right for you is to simply come visit. You can visit and still maintain some anonymity because I am not going to ask for your name and address, and no one is going to come hunt you down pleading for you to return.
If you like our approach, just come back like some have been doing since we first began meeting on January 6, 2011. Of course, we also have a part of our “family” that comes either monthly and sometimes quarterly, and that is fine.
From time to time we have visitors who come with an expectation that CrossHope Chapel is just like other churches in style, format, and programs, but just a little smaller in scale.
We’re different. We don’t do big church in a small way.
When you first enter the Chapel, you will likely meet me first, because my wife and I arrive early to get the coffee brewing. There is no parking lot welcoming committee, but you will be warmly welcomed, greeted when you arrive, and made to feel like family.
You will not be handed a bulletin, labeled as a visitor, or given a welcome basket filled with logo trinkets, brochures advertising a multitude of ministries, and a map explaining our church campus.
CrossHope Chapel is not a one-size-fits-all church experience competing for crowd attendance, tithe dollars, or applauding fans. We are simply a fellowship of people in the Lordship of Jesus Christ who follow more of a New Testament model of gathering.
In fact, a visit to CrossHope Chapel on a Sunday morning is more like a visit to a family members’ home than attendance at a ticketed spectator event.
When you open the door to our location the first thing you’ll notice is that we do not have pews, we have round tables. You can set your coffee, snacks, and Bible on the table top. When we gather we are relaxed. We wear jeans, shorts, tee-shirts, beach shirts, and some times Sunday is a good day to skip shaving.
What We Do
When we first arrive we hangout together and enjoy coffee and breakfast snack items and socialize. Usually about 10:30 or so I will start asking about prayer requests and will write those on our prayer board. When those are received, we actually pray through those requests one by one.
After our prayer time we will sing a few hymns or songs, and then we will launch into our thru-the-Bible teaching series. I will sit up front on a stool with a simple lectern, and will sometimes scrawl things on a flip chart.
We will read a chapter or a section from the book we are studying and then go back over it. As we go back over the chapter, anyone can chime in with their thoughts, questions, or perspective.
Our Bible teaching is not a preaching down experience. I will not be pacing back and forth, raising my voice, or lecturing down to you in any kind of non-stop format. I will facilitate a conversational teaching through a verse-by-verse Bible teaching, from an opened Bible, and the Bible only.
When we gather we are laid-back, but we are not as unorganized as we seem. We start a 10:00 AM but most may not show up until then. I watch the clock, so you don’t have to – its important to me that everyone has some degree of opportunity to fellowship, but I do aim to keep us all on track so we are out by 12:30 PM.
Who We Are
When you come visit us, please know that we – the people – are different, too. We come to CrossHope Chapel because we want to grow in grace in an environment that is different from every other church in town. It is more important to us to have a relationship with our Lord than the approval of a denomination, a church, or even a minister.
We come to CrossHope Chapel because we are not always comfortable in big crowds, charmed by rock star style productions, attracted to one-sided pulpit oration, engaged by choirs in beautiful robes, impressed by a firm handshake of welcome for visitors, nor are we easily moved by dramatic piano synced emotionally worded altar calls.
We are content with a simple and smaller approach, but also restless to grow in number and the gifts new members can bring to our fellowship for new ministries, so we trust in the promise of Zechariah 4:6 which says “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts” (ESV).
We value being authentic and having a no-judgement church zone to grow in biblical faith, while we patiently wait for God’s leading in our future, and while we remain committed to being “steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).
We simply teach the word simply, provide pastoral care to our fellowship, and prayer for one-another as we all seek to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).
We know one thing for sure, that “where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20).
Want to Talk?
Again, if you would like talk about our fellowship, your situation, I am always happy to do that. Just contact me.
If you want to learn a little more about why we do church the way we do please visit my earlier Our Beginnings post.
Thanks for your time reading this, and blessings to you!