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 Classes:
*Due to the necessary precautions surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Chosen By Grace is postponing all Sunday morning meetings until further notice. Please visit crossroads.org/coronavirus for more updates!
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. Join us twice a month to fellowship and encourage one another.
Millbrook Campus - Chosen By Grace Adoption & Foster Care Group
9:15am | Rm 732
Led by Josh and Susan Northington
Meets every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. For more information about this class, contact Josh and Susan Northington.
Wake Forest Campus - Chosen By Grace Adoption & Foster Care Group
11am | Rm 206, Wake Forest Campus
Led by Kurt and Carey Koenig
Meets every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. For more information about this class, contact Kurt and Carey Koenig.
A Crossroads Care ministry that networks job seekers, employers, recruiters, trainers and organizations. We offer several opportunities for you to connect with important resources and networks as you continue your job search. If you are looking for a job or are an employer in the Triangle NC area, reach out and we’ll be happy to help.
Are you a Business Owner or Hiring?
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Are you seeking Employment?
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Why Career Connections?
- Benefit from one-on-one career coaching
- 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)
- Connect with community businesses and non-profit partners.
*Due to the necessary precautions surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Career Connections is postponing all weekly meetings until further notice. We currently have some online coaching opportunities and in-person opportunities are being assessed. Please use the 'Sign Up' form above for more info.
Visit crossroads.org/coronavirus for more updates!
Crisis Care Response Team (CCRT) and Extended Care Team (ECT)
Crisis Care Response Team (CCRT) and Extended Care Team (ECT)
CCRT and ECT offer immediate short-term physical assisstance, of less than one month, to those in the church not yet in a small group or on a ministry team and small groups that are overwhelmed by long-term crisis. This team also provides supplemental long term care (3 to 6 months) to members or attenders who are sick, shut-in, widows, or have longer term medical needs due to illness or accidents. 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 CCRT or ECT?
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
- your need requires long term (3-6 months) supplemental care
How Can I Serve on the Crisis Care Response Team and Extended Care Team?
Would you consider volunteering to check in on a person in need just once a month? Many people in our church are in a special situation, and we want to show them love and compassion. A kind word, a phone call, or a personal visit is all that is needed to let them know we care. Email Bob Cooke if you're willing to join us.
Celebrate Recovery: A Christ-Centered Recovery Program
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Celebrate Revocery is here for YOU!
What is Celebrate Recovery?
Celebrate Recovery (CR) is a Christ-Centered Recovery Program that provides healing from lifes hurts, habits and hangups. CR is a 12-step recovery program for addiction based issues, and so much more. You can experience healing from Anger, Anxiety, Codependency and Enabling, Depression, Eating Disorders, Relationship Challenges, Sexual Abuse, and Workaholism.
Want to join? Check out the groups below!
Online Step Study Groups: We can't do the step study online. We can connect and get to know each other while we are waiting for the church to open. This will give you an opportunity to have extra support.
- Men's Step Study: Tuesday Night 7pm to 8:30pm (the Men's Tuesday Night Step Study will begin meeting on campus starting June 16th, from 6:30-8pm).*
- Women's Step Study: Sunday Night 7pm to 8:30pm (the Women's Sunday Night Step Study will begin meeting on campus starting June 21st).*
*All Step Study participants and leaders will be required to wear face masks and keep 6ft distancing. Rooms will be sanitized.
- Celebrate Recovery Crisis Response (CRCR) is an online Open Share Group: Friday Nights 7pm to 8pm.
- Friday Night Celebrate Recovery will begin meeting on campus starting June 19th. All leaders are required to wear masks. We recommend participants bring and wear their mask and practice 6ft distancing. NO CHILDCARE will be offered at this time (childcare may possibly begin in August, we will keep you updated).
Celebrate Recovery offers gender specific support. Contact CR Ministry Leaders below:
Men call: Gary B. 919-631-2972
Women call: Elaine M. 919-539-8220
For more additional information about Celebrate Recovery, please go to the national website: celebraterecovery.com
Crossroads Celebrate Recovery Leadership Team, is here to support you on your road to recovery. You are not alone!
Offering a Safe Place to Heal
What is DivorceCare?
*Due to the necessary precautions surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), DivorceCare will be offering an online version; for those who would like to participate contact Liz Poole, 919.741.9356. Please visit crossroads.org/coronavirus for more updates!
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 a similar schedule as DivorceCare. If you are divorced and have completed two rounds of the 13-week DivorceCare course, this growth oriented series will help you take the next step toward better relationships in all parts of your life. Beginning March 9, we will be studying Boundaries by Henry Cloud and 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
**YOU WILL BE ASKED TO ADHERE TO THE GUIDLINES FOR SAFE PRACTICES REGARDING COVID-19!
GriefShare Classes - Millbrook Campus
GriefShare is a biblically-based, Christ-centered, 13-week DVD-based ministry program for anyone who has lost a loved one due to death. At Crossroads, 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 grief journey.
Each week your GriefShare group will watch a video seminar featuring nationally recognized Christian experts on grief and recovery subjects followed by a time of discussion and sharing with others who have also lost a loved one. Each session is self-contained, so you may join at any point.
We meet on Mondays 6:30 - 8:30 pm | North Lobby, Millbrook Campus*
A one-time fee of $15 is required at registration for the cost of the workbook.
We hope to offer free childcare (6 weeks to 10 years) but can not guarantee it with ever-changing COVID 19 precautions and restrictions.
Click the button below to register!
*View our Parking Map for options closest to the North Entrance.
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.
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.
Safe Families for Children
Safe Families for Children
*Due to the necessary precautions surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Safe Families for Children Informational Meeting will be rescheduled, TBD. Please visit crossroads.org/coronavirus for more updates!
12:30 - 1pm | Sunday, Date TBD
Millbrook Campus, Rm 501
Could you open your home to help a child whose family is going through a crisis? Join us to learn more about this organization, and how to help children navigate through a family crisis. For more information, contact Pastor Anthony Thomas.
Why Do We Exist?
Founded in 2003, Safe Families for Children (SFFC) surrounds families in crisis with caring, compassionate community. We are a volunteer-driven nonprofit that provides hope and support to families in our local communities. Our vision is to create a world where children are safe and families transformed through radically commpassionate communities. Our mission is to host vulnerable children and create extended family-like supports for desperate families through a community of devoted volunteers who are motivated by commpassion to keep children safe and families intact.
What We Do
SFFC is a movement fueled by compassion to keep children safe and families intact. Through Host Families, Family Friends, and Family Coaches, we temporarily host children and provide a network of support to families in crisis while they get back on their feet.
We open our hearts, open our arms, and open our homes.
Interested in learning more about serving with Safe Families for Children? Contact Jeff and Jennifer Grote.
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:
*Due to the necessary precautions surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Abilities Enabled is postponing all meetings until further notice. Please visit crossroads.org/coronavirus for more updates!
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, September 11
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: