What does it mean to be Reformed?
Why did you change your name?
Do I have to be a member to participate?
Is there a dress code?
How long is the service generally?
What’s to do after church?
Where do I park?
Will I be expected to sing?
What will the messages be like?
Will I have to stand up and be recognized as a visitor or will I be anonymous?
What can I expect when I come to worship?
What is your style of worship?
What about baptism?
Why do you baptize infants?
Are you charismatic?
Do you have other organizations, artists or groups involved in worship?
I have this great idea for drama, who do I contact? Do you hire people to write?
Q: What does it mean to be Reformed?
A: The word “Reformed” in our name means that we are committed to some important values that came out of the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. These are:
- Grace alone: We believe that the only way you experience salvation is because of God’s grace. In other words, you can’t earn it by doing good things, it is God’s gift to you.
- Scripture alone: We believe that the Bible is our authority, and so you will find that we are about the Bible here at CrossPoint. It is at the center of our worship and our studies.
- We also believe that God is in control of everything: all creation; all of human history; all present events.
- And we want to change the world. We believe that the entire world belongs to God, and so we are involved in every aspect of the world: in entertainment, in politics, in neighborhood meetings, in education, in counseling. Every facet of human existence belongs to God, so we seek to shine his love and power everywhere.
Q: Why did you change your name?
A: For almost 36 years we were known as Calvary Church. In our area there are several Calvary Churches and two large Calvary Chapels. We wanted to avoid confusion with other ministries, and so changed our name to CrossPoint in 2004.
Q: Do I have to be a member to participate?
A: No. All facets of ministry are open to anyone with the exception of the teaching ministry of the church. We expect those who are involved in the teaching ministry of this church will be committed to the values and beliefs of our congregation
Q: Is there a dress code?
A: Dress for the worship service varies from casual to formal. Please come and visit us wearing whatever you feel would be most appropriate for you to worship in.
Q: How long is the service generally?
A: Our services last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Q: What’s to do after church?
A: We invite all guests to visit the hospitality room (adjacent to the foyer) where you will receive a free gift as a thank you for joining us in worship. This also gives you an opportunity to ask questions about CrossPoint. You may also join us for coffee after church just outside the worship center.
Q: Where do I park?
A: Parking is pretty clearly indicated. You can enter the parking lots 1) on Euclid (just north of Edison), 2) on Edison (just west of Euclid), or 3) on Fern (just south of Schaefer). There is special senior and handicapped parking off of the Edison entrance. Follow the signs or ask any one of the traffic attendants for directions.
Q: Will I be expected to sing?
A: Everyone worships differently. The first portion of our service does involve music ministry. We welcome you to join with us only if and when you feel comfortable doing so.
Q: What will the messages be like?
A: Our pastors work very hard to bring messages each week that are applicable to experiences that we all face on any given day-to-day basis. Each message is guided and deeply rooted in the Bible which we believe is the inspired Word of God. Its message provides the foundation, support, and purpose for our ministries. As a church, we are deeply committed to the Bible and its message of hope and love it has for everyone.
Q: Will I have to stand up and be recognized as a visitor or will I be anonymous?
A: Each service has a few minutes set aside for us to greet and welcome each other, however, as a new visitor, you will not be ask to stand and be identified as a newcomer. This is an opportunity to greet each other with a simple handshake, wave or smile and gives us all a chance to get to know each other a little better. We would love to keep you informed of the events happening at the church so it would be great if you could fill out a welcome card (found in the seat back in front of yours in the worship center). We also have a hospitality suite just off of the main lobby entrance where the pastors would love to meet you immediately following the service, but the choice is all yours if you decide to visit with us there or not.
Q: What can I expect when I come to worship?
A: Dress the way you’re comfortable. We have people who come in suits and dresses and in shorts.
We provide a quality nursery for infants to children three years old. Helpful staff will assist you in registering your children. Just go to the check-in area of the nursery.
Children ages 3 through 3rd grade can be brought to our Children’s Ministry Building for extra special care and teaching during the worship service.
Children 4th grade and older are encouraged to worship with their families.
Q: What is your style of worship?
CrossPoint is contemporary in our style, but with a deep appreciation for the musical heritage of the church. Worship is led by a band with vocalists and a variety of musicians. We sing songs that are contemporary as well as the old hymns.
Q: What about baptism?
At CrossPoint we believe that baptism is for both adults and children of believers. Baptism and Covenant Partnership (membership) are connected. We encourage people to be baptized who have come to believe that Jesus died for their sins. Upon this profession you become a Covenant Partner (member) of CrossPoint.
Children’s baptism is reserved for Covenant Partners (members) of the congregation.
Q: Are you charismatic?
A: We believe that all the spiritual gifts listed in Scripture are valid for today. We also believe that God blesses each church uniquely with a mix of gifts. Though we have people in our church who speak in tongues as part of their prayer language, we do not regularly express this gift in the public worship setting, as directed by Scripture.
Q: Do you have other organizations, artists or groups involved in worship?
A: We do not regularly engage artists from outside our Covenant Partnership (membership) in our worship services. We do schedule special concerts for such groups by special arrangement.
Q: I have this great idea for drama, who do I contact? Do you hire people to write?
A: The dramas used in worship are gained from a variety of sources. We do not hire people to write. The creative arts that we use each week are carefully crafted to fit in with the pastor’s message of the morning. If you’d like to consider writing drama for us, contact Jamie Wiersma, Director of Worship Arts.