Sunday worship @ 10:30am
News and Notices . . .
Choir Cantata Service
Sunday, December 14, 2014 (10:30am worship)
A service of carols and choir anthems to celebrate the Advent season
Christmas eve family service
Wednesday Dec. 24, 2014 @6:30pm
A mixture of carols, lessons and music. It wraps up with a Christmas pageant in which all who wish to participate (young or old) get a role to play, with costumes provided!
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Dinner @ 6pm
Catered by Ramekins Restaurant
Cost - $15 (advance tickets required - not needed for concert only)
This December, Crossroads will again be providing 48 Christmas food baskets as a part of the city-wide Salvation Army drive for which we will need to raise $3000. Consider contributing to this program that benefits the less fortunate and add your donation to your regular Sunday envelope.
Pew and Pulpit
a chance for dialogue, discussion and exploration for the faith journey
- in the Conn Room following Sunday worship
Next session: Sunday December 14, 2014
Longest Night Service
Does Christmas seem lonlier or bleaker this year? Is your heart heavy with loss? Join us for this special Christmas service of remembrance and healing.
Sunday, December 21, 2014 @3:00pm
Christmas Newsletter now available online
Click here to view our latest 2014 newsletter.
New Sounds in Worship
Our alternative music ensemble features acoustic guitar, woodwinds, and keyboard in an accessible style. After a hiatus of a few years, we've made an effort to re-introduce this feature as we make our 10:30am Sunday worship welcoming to all ages.
Next appearance (tentative): January 18, 2015
If you're an instrumentalist, why not consider joining our group?
Contact Allan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
New Organ Installed
After almost 30 years' service, Crossroads' organ had outlived its life expectancy. It was becoming increasingly difficult to repair and parts were no longer available. A congregational meeting in May accepted Council's recommendation to acquire a new electronic organ at a cost of just under $29,000. The new organ was installed in the sanctuary in July. As worship services were held in the church hall during the summer, September 8, 2013 will mark the first time the new organ will be used in worship. Our music directors (Kevin and Shirley) have been spending the summer "getting up to steam" with all the new features.
A Green Future for Crossroads
Solar Panels for our sanctuary roof
The United Church's New Creed says that we are to "live with respect in creation", but our society isn't generally respectful in how we care for the earth. Now Crossroads is reducing its "carbon footprint" through an Ontario Power Authority program that promotes clean energy sources - in our case, by installing photovoltaic solar cells that produce electricity. Some features of the project are:
This project was approved at the March 2012 congregational meeting and at a subsequent meeting of Presbytery.
Update - Oct 2012 - Panels now operational
(L) replacing old roof (R) solar panels on W sanctuary roof
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New worship songs from Crossroads
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photo tour of the church
About the season: Advent
When: Starts four Sundays before Christmas (Nov. 30 in 2014) until Christmas.
About the Date: "Advent" means "coming" as we await the coming of Jesus, the Word made flesh, into the world at Christmas.
Meaning: Hope and waiting are the themes of this season. Each Sunday a different candle is lit, corresponding with hope, peace, joy and love. Sometimes purple (the colour of royalty, but also of the asking of forgiveness) is used for each candle; recently, blue (representing Mary, who waits with us for her baby's arrival) has become more common. The third Sunday uses a different colour - pink, representing joy. On Christmas or Christmas eve, the Christ candle (the white one in the middle) is lit.
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About our logo
Adopted in 2010, the logo illustrates two crossing roads at the bottom, representing our location at the intersection of two busy roads in Kingston, as well as the way in which our lives and our faith intersect. The rays of the sun illustrate the light that our faith shines on our lives, and the colours (purple and green) are the most common colours of the liturgical year (purple during the 40 days of Lent, and green between Pentecost and Advent).
"This is what the Lord says: stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient ways, ask where the good path is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls" - Jeremiah 6:16
New hymn for times of violence (mp3 file)
"When Peaceful Lives are Shaken"
(premiered: Nov. 10, 2013)
Crossroads United Church, as a congregation of the United Church of Canada, is a welcoming and supportive community of Christians that gathers to worship, seeks spiritual growth and humbly works to advance Godís justice in the world.
In a busy, confusing world it's good to know that we do not have to face our challenges alone. At Crossroads, we believe that by deepening our relationship with God and one another we can discover the spiritual resources we need to meet the demands of modern living.
We believe a church should be a community of people who love one another, challenge one another, and support one another as they work together to further God's work in the world. Each week we gather in worship to deepen our relationship with God and discover where God is at work in our lives and world.
Whatever your age, whether you're single, married, or divorced; whatever your social or economic situation or sexual orientation, whether you or your family have special needs, we invite you to become part of this community in Christ. Come see if Crossroads is the place where you can find a spiritual home.
CLICK HERE to view the complete text of our purpose and mission statements
Our amalgamation story
Click here for details about the steps that we've take in our amalgamation journey.
Click here for Dan Norman's detailed history of the amalgamation