First Time @ Crossroads?

Your First Visit to Crossroads?

We want to make your first visit to Crossroads a good experience so here is some information you may find helpful as you prepare to visit. We often have coffee and snacks (when appropriate) ready for important hang-out time at 9:45am. Our service typically starts at 10:00am.

Where does Crossroads meet each week?

Crossroads meets at 445 Oakshade Road in Shamong, New Jersey.  We are across the parking lot from La Campagnola Restaurant and just down the block from the Wawa.  The nearest cross-street Indian Mills Road. We have recently converted our warehouse into a new sanctuary and meeting space.

What should I wear? What should I bring?

Dress comfortably. While some may dress up, most people wear comfortable, casual clothes. It doesn’t really matter what you wear, just come and experience the church!  You may want to bring a Bible and something to take notes on.

Can I bring my coffee?

Certainly, the Wawa is right around the corner.  We have a casual, family-friendly approach to gathering.

What about my children?

   During the worship services we typically have childrens ministry available.   The Nursery is for babies to pre-school age children. The nursery is located to the right when you enter the door on the far left. The nursery is temporarily closed during Covid-19, but will reopen as appropriate.
Nursery aged children typically stay in the nursery for the whole service (10-11:15am approximately). The nursery is staffed by qualified leaders. 
   Elementary-aged students (Kindergarten through 5th Grade) typically stay for musical worship. At the start of the message, these students are invited to their classroom next-door for a teaching that is typically the same subject matter and Bible passage as the adults, only presented in a more developmentally-appropriate teaching for their spiritual growth.
   Of course if you are more comfortable, your children can stay with you in the sanctuary for the entirety of the service.  Do not be surprised if several people including children invite your child to come to “children’s ministry” or the nursery. We want to make sure visitors know about the opportunities available, simply tell them you would like you kids to stay with you for the worship hour.

What is the Children’s Ministry all about?

The children’s ministry at Crossroads is uniquely designed with your child in mind! Every Sunday, all children experience safe, age-appropriate environments where the Bible is taught in a creative and relevant way. Currently during Covid-19, families all worship together in the same room. While previously, Crossroads offered a nursery for younger children and an elementary ministry for the older children. We want to equip parents to be the lead disciplers of their family. One main way we do that is by giving you encouragement, skills and community during our worship service.

   If this is your first time at Crossroads, the children are typically dismissed after worship to the children’s program. A teacher is in the common area to escort the older kids to the children’s ministry area.
   If you are interested in becoming a teacher or have any questions about the children’s ministry in general, please do not hesitate to email us at crossroadsshamong@gmail.com. We look forward to meeting you and your kids!

What about parking?

There is plenty of parking in front of the building. There are no “assigned” spots but we try to keep the parking right in front open for visitors and parents with small children.  There is additional parking available in the La Campagnola parking lot, convenient for those wanting to hit La Camp’s brunch after service.

What should I expect from the music?

The music is typically led by a few vocalists, guitars, bass, drums and at times keyboard or other instruments.  Words to all of the music are projected at the front of the sanctuary.  Also, during our gathering times, a few people may share what God has done in their life that week.

What do you talk about in the sermon or message?

The sermon is what some people would call “informal,” others “conversational.”   We believe the message should give people hope, something to laugh about, a better understanding of the Bible and God’s principles for life and the desire to know Christ and to live a life pleasing to God. We believe that the Bible is integral in us knowing God personally. The teaching is designed to help you understand and apply the Bible to your daily life.

How Long is the Service?

Our worship gatherings typically last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, sometimes a few minutes shorter or a few minutes longer.  We don’t always start right on time, as part of our worship is getting to know each other and visiting with each other. So we count that is time well spent too!