Come to the table
For many families no matter what their culture or background, the dining table is the heart of the home. It is not just the place a family comes together for nourishment, but it is also brings them together when there is something to celebrate, something to confess, something to learn or something to share…it is the place we connect.
As a church family we haven’t had many opportunities the past two years to come together and connect around the table, so in 2022 we want to focus on bringing our Crossroads family back to the table. It is time for us to regather, reconnect and re-ignite our passion for God, one another, and the world.
We invite you to come to the table to share a meal, to tell a story, to confess, to laugh, to cry, to pray, to remember where we’ve been and where we want to go. Let’s experience God’s nearness, God’s kindness, and God’s love for us … around the table.
We believe that by building layered relationships, our community can remain spiritually strong and socially connected. At Crossroads we encourage you to build these layers into your life:
Trios: Nurture one or two Godly friendships and meet together regularly to encourage and sustain one another at soul level.
LIFEgroups: Join and participate in a LIFEgroup, where you can encourage and be encouraged in your walk with Christ.
Regional groups: Bring LIFEgroups together a couple of times a year to enjoy fellowship and fun.
Sunday service: Meet together as a whole community for the Sunday Service to offer praise and worship to our God.
Through these layered relationships we want our community to not only think relationally—how can I deepen and nurture this friendship, but also missionally—how can we partner with God to engage the world around us.
Partnering with God
God has generously given us a community centre and we want to partner with Him by using it to extend His kingdom. We want to go beyond being just an office and a meeting place for our Crossroads community, to where we are actively using the centre for the international community of Amstelveen. We have started doing this by hosting activities for people of all ages and life stages, from courses and clubs to classes and cafes.
Interested in learning more about Trios, click here.
Interested in learning more about our LIFEgroups, click here.
XRDS VISION & mission
As we read Scripture it becomes clear that God has a deep and unending love for us; to see the broken restored, the sick healed, the purposeless finding purpose, the marginalized finding meaning. It begins with an encounter with Jesus. And our vision is that XRDS will be a place, where, no matter who you are or where you’ve been in life, you can come and experience this life transforming encounter.
Just like a potter taking a piece of clay, applying pressure to it and skillfully transforming it into something beautiful, this encounter can be painful at times. But the end result is always life. So part of our vision is to create an environment here at XRDS, that will make this process of change possible for every person.
And that’s why we want to put a lot of time and energy into the Sunday morning experience as a key moment in encountering Jesus, and in realizing the change process in your life. It is in the presence of God that you find healing and transformation.
We want the Sunday morning to be a space where everyone feels welcome to explore and develop their faith in Jesus.
Embrace one another
Part of our vision is to see XRDS developing a culture of community. A community where people feel they belong. A community that places high value on learning how to embrace one another. A community that understands that you can’t get closer to God without getting closer to God’s children. A community that understands that I am, because you are. We want XRDS to be a place where people not only meet Jesus, but also value meeting one another.
At the very essence of being community is understanding that community is an attitude of the heart – a heart ready to give, a heart that believes I exist not for myself, but for the sake of others.
That is why being community is not always easy. When one struggles, we all struggle; when one is in pain, we’re all in pain and that makes community difficult. But it is one of the greatest gifts that God has given us. Community is a gift, a gift we want to embrace and celebrate here at XRDS.
That is why we put such a value on LIFEgroups and we would like to see every group in XRDS function as a LIFEgroup. So that as a community we are working and growing towards our shared goals and stimulate conversation around our shared vision.
We have identified key areas that need growth and development in XRDS. We need to better care for one another. We need to get better connected with one another. We need to better communicate with one another.
Engage the world
We want XRDS to be a church that takes seriously its responsibility of being the presence of Christ in a world that is broken, lost and hurting.
In Scripture we read of lives transformed as they encountered Jesus, we read of them re-discovering that they are not alone, but part of a family and then we see them sent into the world. XRDS must be a church that helps its members to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20).
God, the master potter, shapes us and moulds us so that our lives, which are uniquely shaped and gifted, might be an offering of life, hope, and light to a hurting world. We are constantly developing new ways of equipping one another for service.
Our missions committee is also exploring new opportunities for short term mission events, locally and around the world. Our vision is that we remind one another that together we can make a difference in this world.