SEPTEMBER BUSINESS: Crossings Community Church
Twelve years ago, Robin and Matt Anderson were considering a move to Edmond and were won over by the feeling of family in the community. They encountered the Oklahoma spirit —a sense that once you’re here, you’re family.
They also found that same warm, inviting vibe when they walked through the doors of Oklahoma City’s Crossings Community Church, where Matt now works as the Preaching Associate. He said the church was “a picture of grace and hope—a big family.”
“There were signs hanging up around the building that said ‘You belong here,’” he recalled. “That phrase is found in the New Testament in Ephesians: ‘You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You BELONG here… God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building.’ I think it’s a great picture of Crossings—a community where God is bringing restoration, hope and peace.”
On Sundays, Crossings gathers in three diverse worship services: “The Venue,” described as a modern and contemporary service featuring a band; “The Sanctuary,” a more blended service with choir and orchestra; and “The Chapel,” a liturgical or more traditional service. The goal in each is the same: to create a safe space where people can turn their hearts and minds back to God and be reminded of what is most important in the world.
Senior Pastor Marty Grubbs has led the church since 1985 and has created a church community that always wants to deal with the realities of life rather than hiding behind masks. That is one reason the CareSeries is such a vital part of the church. On September 14th, Crossings kicks off a full lineup of recovery/support groups and classes (on Monday nights), which provide opportunities for individuals to find hope by participating with others who are facing similar life challenges. There are a variety of groups offered, such as: Anger Management, Boundaries, Cancer Support, Depression/Bipolar Support, Divorce Recovery, Miscarriage/Infant Loss, Survivors of Suicide, and many others.
The church also aims to give back to the community in many ways. It runs a free medical clinic which provides medical, vision and dental care, as well as counseling for the uninsured and underinsured.
“Crossings wants to take the blessings God has given and share those with others,” Matt said. “It’s the idea that when we receive something, we don’t hold onto it with clenched fists, but we open our hands and share with anyone in need.”
Crossings Community Church is located at 14600 N. Portland Ave, Oklahoma City. Learn more by visiting crossingsokc.org. Visit the clinic at 10255 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in Oklahoma City.