What to Expect
At Cross Timbers you will be welcomed into a friendly and relaxed environment. Whether you are new to church and the whole Jesus thing entirely or have been a Christian for many years, we hope to provide a space where you feel home. We know walking into church can be intimidating, so we want to give you an idea of what to expect when you join us at Cross Timbers.
Who are we?
We are a friendly and welcoming community of believes who are excited about Jesus and making him known. All that we do as a church is filtered through our goal of loving God and loving people. We desire to help you experience the love of God and provide a safe place to call home where you may explore, question, grow, serve, and be encouraged.
When you arrive at Cross Timbers, you can expect to be greeted with a warm welcome. Feel free to grab a bulletin from the welcome table, this will have a detachable portion for prayer requests and a place for contact information if you would like to hear from us. These will be taken up near the end of the service or you may place them in the basket by the door as you exit.
Make your way to the kitchen and treat yourself to a cup of coffee and a donut to enjoy during class. Or if you’re picky about your coffee, like our minister, feel free to bring your own.
Our Sunday morning Bible class begins at 9am and last for 45 mins. There are classes for all ages. The adult class meets in the main auditorium. If you have children, see one of our greeters and they will assist you in finding the appropriate children’s classes.
In Bible class you can expect to have an engaging and though provoking message aimed at helping us learn together and grow toward the God who has called us. There is usually a time for questions and discussion, but don’t worry, you won’t be called on if you would rather just listen.
Our Sunday worship service is a time we gather together to praise God in song, lift up our prayers, share in communion, and hear from God’s word. Our worship service begins at 10 am and last approximately 1 hour. During our service all ages worship together, from the newborn to the gray hairs. We believe that all ages may learn from each other and grow with one another as we praise God together.
If you have little ones, know that we value their presence and believe they are an important part of our church. All children are welcome in our services, so don’t be embarrassed or feel the need to rush out if they make a little noise, we enjoy their ways of praising God too! If you do feel the need to step out or care for your children during the service, there is a quiet room with a changing table and supplies located at the back of the auditorium.
During the service there will be numerous songs sung in a-cappella style, prayers, a message from scripture, and a chance to partake of the Lords supper. The order of the service can be found in the bulletin to help you know what is coming next.
FAQs about Our Services
What do I wear?
Come as you are! You will find everything from casual shirts and jeans to suits. Come in whatever is comfortable for you. It’s not about what you look like or wear, we are simply excited to have you with us.
Where are the Instruments?
When you walk in you might be struck by the lack of musical instruments in our service. While the majority of our members are comfortable with the use of musical instruments in worship, we have chosen to honor the unique tradition of our church of Christ heritage by practicing a-cappella (voice only) worship in our assemblies. A-cappella worship is a unique experience that the church of Christ heritage brings to the broader Christian world, and we are proud to continue this tradition.
Many of our members participate in our praise team that leads our congregational singing each Sunday. Feel free to join us in singing praise to God. Though, if you would rather just listen, that’s okay too.
Can women lead?
While still uncommon in many churches of Christ, we encourage the participation of women in our public gatherings and in our leadership. We believe that all, regardless of gender, can participate and lead us in praising God.
Lord’s Supper / Communion?
Following the practice of the early church, we share the Lord’s Supper every Sunday. We partake of bread and grape juice, which are for God’s people the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. We invite all who confess faith in Christ to partake with us.
As we share of the one bread, we become one body, the church. We partake of the Lord’s Supper in remembrance and celebration of the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord until he comes again.
Get Plugged In
Whoever you are and wherever you are coming from we invite you to join us at Cross Timbers as we seek to love God, serve Stephenville, and be Christ to the world. Participate at your own pace, if you have any questions or if we can assist you in anyway, pleased don’t hesitate to ask. All are welcome, come find a home!