April 3, 2021
Upcoming Events and Virtual Gatherings
We pray that the hope of Easter fills you this week and invite you to participate online in the Good Friday Experience and the Easter Sunday Celebration!
Sunday, April 11th, 6:00-7:30p

We are launching a brand-new weekly, in-person gathering for Middle and High School students- Sunday Night Picnics! We would love to kick it off with a family picnic, so students, parents, guardians, and siblings can catch up with their Crossroads Family and meet some new folks. Everyone is invited, but pre-registration is required.

Bring your own masks, meals, and chairs. All activities will meet social distancing regulations.

Register here
Sundays, beginning April 18th, 6:00-7:30p

Any students 6th-12th grade are welcome to join the fun, catch up with old friends, and meet some new ones! Everyone is invited, so feel free to bring a friend.
Bring your own mask, meal, and chair. All activities will meet social distancing regulations.

+ We would love to have parents help supervise once a month plus get a chance to connect with some fellow Crossroads parents of teens! Please email Erin if you can help out.
(Younger siblings are welcome to join if parents are volunteering)

Register here
Every Sunday Morning, 9:30-10:00a

Families with elementary-age children are invited to join us for an exciting, interactive gathering! Parents and children can join from home for bible stories, prayer, songs, crafts, and time to get to know each other.

Anyone is welcome, so invite friends or neighbors to sign up too!

Register here to receive the secure Zoom link
HOPE Preschool Registration 2021-2022

After the long shutdown due to the pandemic, we are excited to safely welcome back our HOPE Preschool students, families, and teachers this Fall! Registration forms are available now online for HOPE Preschool for the school year 2021-2022.

Please visit their website for additional information, FAQs, and forms.
Weekly Scripture Focus
Jesus Has Risen

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee”
Luke 24:1-6 (NIV)
A Reflection:

We celebrate Easter in the church as the time when we remember the resurrection of Jesus! He was put to death, even though He had done nothing wrong, because He was taking the punishment for our sins. He died and was put in a tomb with a huge stone over the entrance. On Sunday, when some of His friends went to the tomb, they found out it was empty! All that was left behind was the linens they used to wrap up His body.

An angel told the women who went to see Jesus that He had risen from the dead and was alive! Well, they were so excited they ran to tell His disciples. Do you think we can get that excited about Jesus? We have hope and new life that lasts forever. For us, this holiday is even better than Christmas. Not only was Jesus born, but He lived and died, and came back to life!

Easter celebrates the culmination of God’s big rescue plan for us. We have hope and new life that lasts forever! When we see this hope all around us, how can we help but share it? We can do that every day, because Easter isn’t just a day or a season. It is living with Jesus and trusting in God's love every day!

  • As we celebrate Easter, pray with your family at mealtime about things you are grateful for.
  • Hearing the good news about the resurrection of Jesus, think of ways you can share your happiness with others or help others in need.

A Prayer:

Dear God, thank You for saving us and for Your unending love. We feel the hope of Easter and want to share it with others. Praise You and Your son Jesus. Amen.
This Week's Highlighted Resources

Teach your kids about the Easter story with this at home craft using plastic eggs and things around the house. The link includes printable cards and fun game ideas.

Here is a fun and simple craft to do with your kids. Tracing their handprints onto paper to create cute paper bunnies, to be used to decorate the holiday table and then as keepsakes. 

As the weather warms and spring sports begin again, parents and children might experience some anxiety. This article breaks down reasons for this rational response as well as gives some tips to address these issues. Even if your child is not yet participating in group sports, there is good advice as we venture back out into the community and expand our circle of friends and family.
Additional Resources