Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Our Christmas Report

I wish I could calculate how many volunteer hours went into our Christmas at Crossroads services!  It took SO many brothers and sisters in Christ working unselfishly each doing what they are gifted to do to make the services possible!
Some of those jobs included:
-Greg Crawfis and Jean Sloan creating the stage pillars from a picture I took of one of The Voice programs
-The Crossroads' Artist group created the picture boards for friends and families to take Christmas pictures in front of in our Town Square lobby
-The choosing of music then scoring, editing and uploading of every song.  Countless hours of each volunteer and staff member rehearsing and memorizing music.
-Hours of off-site/ and on-site video shoots and then many, many hours editing are way too huge to calculate!
-Tryouts for our children and then rehearsals and services
-Adopt A child details too many to estimate over the past 3 or 4 months!
-Shopping for and the packing of the children's Christmas goodie bags by the Family Ministry Department
-Adding chairs in the auditorium and then cleaning the facility after every service
-And endless attention to the 'story' of our services ensuring that the message of Jesus was proclaimed in all of our work!
-The entire staff worked so hard to make sure every question was answered and every guest was greeted by both our volunteer greeting team as well as our staff!

Enough said - it was a glorious example of what the Lord expected His Church to be - working together to make dreams a reality!

And then God moved people to attend as we were just a couple hundred shy of 6,000 people attending!  I am SO thankful to have been a part of these extraordinary services!!

Watch our service at this link!
A precious Crossroads' girl trying out for the Christmas services!

Aaron and Jocelyn working on the mics preparing!

Aaron opened the services with a techno Christmas!

Aaron Nicolas

It was so much fun to use footage from Downtown Mansfield
as well as photography of Mansfield on our
Environmental Projection backgrounds.

Jocelyn leading "Do You Hear"...

Melissa performing the beautiful song "Adore"

Stephanie performed a beautiful monologue from the perspective of Mary.

Levi was our lead children's voice this Christmas!
As soon as our Christmas services were over - it was time to
teach that "It (Christmas) still matters".  The staff was more than
willing to contribute all of there used boxes and paper to cover
the stage and auditorium.  It really surprised the congregation!

These little ones helped me cover the floor of the
auditorium with lots of left over paper!

We enjoyed a Crossroads paper fight at our Sunday service!

It Still Matters - included entire families when no child care above pre-school
was provided.  I loved watching these young children worshipping with 'their father!

I felt like the deflating snow-globe best described
the feeling and the lack of stamina following the
busy Christmas preparations!

These beautiful picture boards were created by our Artist Group!

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