Adoption & Foster Care
Care & Help Ministries
Care Ministries at Crossroads exist to uplift and strengthen our church and community to become fully devoted followers of Christ. We do that by touching lives in greatest areas of need as we seek to encourage progress in connecting, growing and serving. Find a ministry below that meets your specific need.
Chosen By Grace
Adoption and Foster Care Ministry
There are over 143 million orphans in the world today and over 400,000 children in foster care in the United States of which over 100,000 are adoptable. God holds a very special place in his heart for orphans and adoption.
As believers, God adopted each of us into his family...
- John 1:12 - But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
- Galatians 4:4-5 - But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.
And God calls each of us to care for orphans...
- James 1:27 - Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
The mission of the Chosen By Grace ministry is to...
- Educate and Inform the church body about the need for orphan care.
- Support families through prayer, personal contact, and encouragement, and offer mentoring between families who have already adopted/fostered and those who are interested in or already in the process.
- Resource families with information to evaluate agencies, funding options and the home study process.
- Network with other churches, agencies and groups around the world to spread the message of adoption, foster care and global orphan care.
Sunday Morning Connect Class:
Chosen By Grace Adoption & Foster Care Group
9:15am | Rm 732, Millbrook Campus
Led by Josh and Susan Northington
Do you have children that are adopted? Are you a current or upcoming foster parent? Come meet with a group of families who have adopted, provided foster care, and/or are currently serving as foster care parents and talk openly and honestly about the parental issues that exist with children who have experienced abuse, neglect, and other trauma in their lives. This Sunday class meets every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month to fellowship and encourage one another. For more information about this class, contact Josh and Susan Northington.
A local ministry that networks job seekers, employers, recruiters, trainers and organizations
9:15 - 10:30am | Rm 760, Millbrook Campus
Career Connections ministry on Sundays is designed for persons who are unemployed, underemployed or in-transition seeking resources in a one-on-one informational environment. You need to be aware of every pertinent resource you can utilize to reach your objective. Request a Sunday Morning Appointment. Our team is ready to help.
9 - 10:30am | North Lobby, Rm 760 Millbrook Campus
This group focuses on forming relationships, sharing links to business and career resources, refining and strengthening our faith, and learning to be accountable to each other while taking the reasonable steps in our job search. Come and have some coffee and fellowship with people who understand. The group is also open to any Crossroads volunteers who are interested in contributing, mentoring or encouraging the group. Email Career Connections for more information.
Why Career Connections?
- Benefit from one-on-one career counseling
- Take a personal inventory (Proverbs 25:2)
- Learn about the current job market and emerging trends
- Team up with others—it's important! (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)
- Learn about the benefits of time management and establishing a routine (Psalm 90:12, Proverbs 6:6-11, John 10:10)
- Develop a 'survival plan' (financial, basic needs, emotional, spiritual)
Other Career-Related Ministry Meetings
Colonial Baptist Church JobSeekers
Mondays, 8:30 - 11am
Colonial Baptist Student Center
Crisis Care Response Team (CCRT)
Crisis Care Response Team volunteers come alongside unconnected members and attenders who have experienced a life-changing event such as the birth of a baby, loss of a loved one, or a hospital stay. When your feet are tired and your hands are full, please call on us for help at 919.981.0222 x417 or email CCRT.
When Should You Contact Crisis Care Response Team?
When a need arises and...
- you are a member or attender of Crossroads Fellowship, and the need involves you or a member of your immediate household
- you are not currently involved in a small group or ministry team, or the need is greater than your small group or ministry team can support
- your need is primarily physical and less than two weeks in nature such as: meals, hospital visits, and home bound visits
Celebrate Recovery: A Christ-Centered Recovery Program
7 - 9pm | The Chapel, Millbrook Campus*
*Enter through the South Entrance off of E. Millbrook Rd. (Building Map) at the Chapel entrance.
Celebrate Recovery helps individuals connect to each other, find support and encouragement and grow in Christ as they meet together in Christian fellowship with biblical teaching, testimonies and joyful praise and worship. This ministry helps serve our church and community by providing a safe place where people in Raleigh and surrounding areas can come to take off the mask and openly confess their hurts, habits and hang-ups. As they work through the 12 steps and the eight principles found in the Beatitudes, and humbly trust in the unconditional love of Jesus and His victory over the penalty and the power of sin, people find hope, healing and recovery. Free child care is available.
Meetings are held in a safe, confidential environment with gender-based small groups dealing with:
chemical dependency / eating disorders / workaholism / anger and anxiety problems / gambling addiction / codependency and enabling / sexual addiction / control issues / relationship challenges
Friday Night Schedule
- Worship & Teaching or Testimony: 7pm | The Chapel
- Newcomers 101 (meeting for first-time visitors only): 8pm
- Open Share Groups: 8pm
- Solid Rock Cafe - join us for food and fellowship:
- Last Friday of each month | 9pm | The Chapel
12-Step Studies - For Men or Women
Contact the Celebrate Recovery leadership team or call 919.981.0222 x600 if interested in attending either study.
Please check out the national Celebrate Recovery website: www.celebraterecovery.com
Offering a Safe Place to Heal
What is DivorceCare?
*Resumes March 9!
DivorceCare is a biblically-based, Christ-centered, 13-week DVD-based ministry program. (View the "What is DivorceCare?" video) It offers a safe place to help people who are experiencing separation and divorce find help for the hurts, hope for the future and to experience God’s healing power. Many issues will be addressed, such as: facing your anger, loneliness, financial survival, kid care, and forgiveness—to name just a few. Whether you've been separated only one day or divorced for 20+ years, this is a great place to start your healing.
You will hear from nationally recognized Christian experts in the field of divorce and recovery. You will receive a guidebook to be used while viewing the video presentations; and you will be connected to a small group for discussion time following the video. Click the button below to register!
Foundations Track "Graduate Course"
The Foundations track follows the same schedule as DivorceCare. If you are divorced and have completed the 13-week DivorceCare series, this growth oriented series will help you take the next step toward better relationships in all parts of your life. We will be studying Hiding from Love by John Townsend. Foundations requires prior approval—email Deanne Schlegel.
Getting married is an exciting time in life and we are very happy to guide you through the process of how Crossroads can be a part of your great day, and help shape the marriage that follows.
Crossroads is committed to helping couples enter marriage in a committed and Biblical way. It is our desire to help couples create a solid foundation that will make a lasting covenant.
STEP 1 – Select a Pastor to Officiate Your Ceremony
If you are not using a Crossroad’s Pastor to marry you, but you would like pre-marital counseling through Crossroads or to use our facility, then you must still select a Crossroad’s Pastor to sponsor you through this process. You can contact any of our pastors by phone by calling 919.981.0222.
STEP 2 – Complete A Wedding Questionnaire
Each person getting married must complete a, "Crossroads Wedding Questionnaire," Click Here. The form will be electronically sent to the Pastor you have requested to officiate your wedding, or to your Sponsoring Pastor.
STEP 3 – Secure the Date & Location of the Wedding
If you are planning on using our Church Building on your wedding day, your sponsoring pastor can work with our facilities department to secure a particular room for the ceremony or reception. See our, "Policies and Procedures Manual," Click Here for details, or you can contact an administrative support person in the Facilities Department at 919.981.0222.
STEP 4 – Complete a Premarital Counseling Process
All couples getting married at Crossroads are asked to participate in a premarital counseling process. The typical process for this is through our Pre-Marriage Mentoring Team. This is a team of trained mentors who meet with you several times prior to your marriage and often continue this mentoring relationship through the first year of marriage. You must be referred to the pre-marriage mentoring team by your Sponsoring Pastor.
GriefShare: When You've Lost Someone You Love
Offering a Safe Place to Heal
GriefShare Classes - Millbrook Campus
'What is GriefShare?' Seminar
Sunday, March 1 | 2 - 4pm
Room 751, Millbrook Campus
Have you lost a loved one to death? This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. Find out if GriefShare is right for you.
'Loss of a Spouse' Seminar
Sunday, March 1 | 2 - 4pm
North Lobby, Millbrook Campus*
You're invited to the one-day seminar for folks who have lost their spouse. This all-important seminar precedes the start of the new spring cycle of GriefShare that begins on Monday, March 9. Our caring facilitators have been where you are and will assist and support you on your grief journey.
There is a $5 registration fee for the booklet you will receive (scholarships are available). Cash or Check only. You can bring your family or friends to the seminar for personal support at no cost. During the seminar, child care is free for children 6 weeks to ten years old. Click the button below to register!
Each lesson is self-contained, so you may join at any point. If you are coming for the first time, registration is open before each meeting from 6 - 6:30pm. The registration fee is $15 and includes a workbook (Scholarships available).
Free child care available (6 weeks to 10 years)
Click the button below to register for GriefShare begining March 9!
*View our Parking Map for options closest to the Millbrook North Lobby.
What is GriefShare?
GriefShare is a 13-week Biblically-based and Christ-centered support group program for anyone who has lost a loved one due to death. At Crossroads, you will find open arms and open hearts.
A one-time fee of $15 is required at registration for the cost of the workbook.
GriefShare is the place for getting whole and healed through Jesus Christ.
We offer a safe place for you to receive comfort and caring support as you walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death on your grieving journey. Each session includes a video of helpful information and a time of sharing with others who have also lost a loved one. For more info call 919.981.0222
2 Corinthians 1:3-7: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
GriefShare - Advanced Course
The Advanced Course follows the same schedule as GriefShare. If you have completed the 13-week GriefShare series, this growth oriented series will help you take the next step toward navigating through trials in life. The Advanced Course requires prior approval—email Suzanne Weldy.
Pre-Marriage Mentoring is designed to help engaged couples begin their marriage with a Biblical foundation. A mentor is a more experienced couple who empowers an engaged couple through sharing resources and relational experiences. A Pre-Marriage Mentor is neither a Pastor, or marriage expert! They are hand selected, well trained couples who are key leaders at Crossroads Fellowship with a heart for marriage and helping couples honor God in their marriage. Completion of the Pre-Marriage Mentoring program is typically required of anyone who is getting married by a Crossroads' Pastor.
Marriage Enrichment Mentoring
The purpose of the Marriage Mentoring Program is to provide appropriate guidance, help, and support to couples who are in need of ministry in their marriage, and in their walks with God. The Marriage Enrichment Mentoring Program is part of a System of Care that uses all the existing support networks within the church.
The Marriage Enrichment Mentoring Program involves a team of Marriage Mentors who are trained and equipped to mentor a couple through a time of difficulty. This team will be hand selected by key leaders based on maturity, experience, spiritual gifting, and desire for ministry. They will be people who are themselves in a small group or fellowship, and who are established members at Crossroads.
Mental Health & The Gospel
Every 4th Wednesday
Mental Health & The Gospel
Every 4th Wednesday | 6:30-8pm
Rm 751, Millbrook Campus
Wednesday, January 22 – Depression. Our guest speaker is local Christian Psychiatrist Dr. Peter Van Dyck, MD. Dr. Van Dyck has been in private practice in Raleigh since 1987. He was Medical Director of the Minirth-Meier/New Life Treatment Program at Holly Hill Hospital and later the Clinical Director of the Adult Inpatient Program at the same hospital.
Wednesday, February 26 – Suicide Prevention. *Meeting in the Chapel at the Millbrook Campus. Our guest speaker is Dr. Pamela Perkins, PsyD. Dr. Perkins earned her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois. Her Undergraduate degree in Theology and Education is from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois. Dr. Perkins has extensive experience in conducting psychological assessments as well as therapy, and is the Director and Owner of Perkins Counseling & Psychological Services in Wake Forest.
Wednesday, March 25 – Anxiety. Our guest speaker is Julie Sams, LPC, owner of Bowman Family Services and a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 18 years of experience working with families and anxiety. Julie has presented at state conferences and local parenting venues on the topic of childhood anxiety. She understands the dangers of over-thinking and strives to help others with anxiety as a therapist.
Wednesday, April 22 – Trauma. Our guest speaker is Bill Venable, LPC, Co-Founder and President of LifeCare Counseling and Coaching, which has been in existence since 1997. The treatment of trauma is a large part of his practice and Bill has a passion to bring healing to those who are fractured and deeply broken in their souls. Bill has experience using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), which is a newer technique in treating trauma.
Crossroads Care Encouragers
For Difficult Times
Crossroads Care Encouragers offer care, support and encouragement to people whose lives have been disrupted by divorce, death, grief, loss of a job, retirement changes, health problems, loneliness, discouragement, childbirth, questions about God and faith, and so forth. This ministry trains and supervises lay caregivers to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to people in and around our church. Men meet with men and women meet with women.
Crossroads Care Encouragers support people who for the most part have their basic coping skills intact, their thinking in order and their emotions under control. These care receivers need someone to walk beside them, to encourage them, to pray with them and for them, and to bear their burdens with them. The Care Encourager offers his or her support through attentive, active listening and a caring presence.
If you are interested in learning more about the help Crossroads Care Encouragers can provide, please call us at 919.981.0222 during business hours.
Do you need prayer?
If you would like our Pastors and Elders to pray for you:
(Emergency prayer requests should not be sent to the email address. Please contact your pastor or ministry leader for more time-sensitive prayer requests.)
Other methods for submitting prayer requests:
- Crossroads Elders are available to pray with you after Sunday morning services at the front of the Worship Center.
- Write your prayer request(s) on the tear-off flap in the bulletin and drop in the offering basket. Pastors and Elders will be praying for you throughout the week.
Important information regarding prayer requests:
All prayer requests are distributed weekly to our Pastors, Ministers & Elders. All prayer requests are handled confidentially and Crossroads Fellowship reserves the right to edit or disregard requests as we see fit before passing on to our intercessors.
Dedicated to ministering to those among us who have special needs by:
- Creating a church home enviroment for persons of all ages with disibilities to worship learn and connect to God
- Providing support to individuals, children and their famlies as they navigate the waters of the special needs community
- Reaching the Raleigh community to witness God's love and grace lived out through the lives of famlies as our wonderful volunteers.
Sunday Morning Connect Classes & Volunteer Opportunities:
AE (Ages 6-12)
11am | Rm 360
A Sunday School class (Sunday Morning Connect) for children with special needs, ages 6-12. We embrace each child's special needs and provide a safe environment where they can learn about Jesus in a more sensory-integrated environment. Children worship through music, prayer, crafts, and play. We also provide shadows for children who are able to participate in their main-stream classes as needed.
AE Teens (Ages 13-17)
11am | Rm 764/765
A Sunday School (Sunday Morning Connect) class for teens and preteens with special needs, ages 13-17. This class is a more structured environment. Teens can worship, do crafts, pray, and develop a relationship with Jesus. We also provide shadows for teens who are able to attend youth main-stream programs as needed.
AE Adults (Ages 18+)
11am | Rm 732
A Sunday Morning Connect (Sunday School) class for adults with special needs, ages 18 and up. Group homes are encouraged to attend. We offer worship, prayer time and a Bible lesson with discussion. It is a great time of learning and fellowship in a relaxed and safe atmosphere. For more information about this class, contact Leigh Sawtelle at 919.981.0222 x161.
Shadow Buddies Needed
The Abilities Enabled Ministry needs fun loving volunteers to serve as Shadow Buddies Sunday mornings during 11am service and Friday night Respite. No experience or special skills necessary, just a heart for the special needs community. Volunteers must fill out an application and background check form and be at least 8th grade to adult. For more information, contact Leigh Sawtelle at 919.981.0222 x161.
Click HERE to fill out a volunteer application and background check.
Friday, February 21
6 - 9pm | Rm 359, 360
Once a month our Respite program provides a break for families with children with special needs. This typically occurs on the second Friday of the month. Respite includes crafts, snacks, playground time, movies, and plenty of games. Both children with special needs — from 6 to 15 years of age — and their siblings 12 and under are welcome!
Below you will find the necessary forms for Respite Attendance. Please print and fill these out prior to attending Respite in 2020.
- Read the Monthly Respite Program Policies. *Respite policy is currently being updated, more to come.
- 2020 Respite Program Registration Form - *Turn in completed form prior to attendance.
Upcoming Respite Dates for 2020:
July - No Respite
August - No Respite