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Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2007 12:00 am

Anyone who drives on Highway 191 West can clearly see the universal symbol of Christianity —a large green cross that’s lighted at night. It is the introduction to CrossRoads Fellowship, a new place of worship at the junction of Highway 191 and Billy Hext Road.

Formerly Temple Baptist, a 64-year-old downtown church, the worshipping community is embracing change with its move and name change, according to senior pastor Griffin Jones.

“Our goal is to reach unchurched and de-churched people,” says Pastor Jones. “We want to remove potential barriers and let them walk through the doors to hear the good news about Jesus Christ.”

The facility at CrossRoads Fellowship is designed to reach out to every demographic and all generations. The auditorium where the message is preached Sunday morning at 9 and 10:30 seats more than a thousand and is complete with lighting system, video system, speakers and musical instruments. Concrete visual aids, such as the frame structure for the Flip This House messages now being preached, are frequently used.

For more traditional worship services, a chapel is available with wooden beams crossing overhead, hanging lights and movable padded chairs. A large adult fellowship room doubles its space when the wall is collapsed. Teens can congregate in the Clayhouse Café, and children gather at the CrossRoads Corral.

Children are very important in the life of CrossRoads fellowship.

“We’ve allotted more square footage in the children and youth areas than in the adult spaces,” Pastor Jones says. “Beginning in January, we’ll offer child development classes for children from nursery age through pre-school two days a week. Next fall, we’ll expand that to four days a week.”

CrossRoads Fellowship offers a variety of small groups to encourage people in their spiritual growth. These include classes for expectant and new moms, AWANA Club for kids, and adult Bible fellowship groups such as the Young Adult Ministry for 20-somethings, CrossRoads Nike for people “40-something and older,” Injoy for women, Married Life for young couples and CrossRoads Singles for single adults.

Volunteer opportunities abound with a worship arts community made up of musicians, vocalists, actors, dancers and artists, and audio and video specialists. Several other volunteer ministry opportunities, from greeters and parking lot attendants to the catering team, can also be found.

“Our methods have to change,” concludes Pastor Jones, “but our message hasn’t changed. We’re still about the scriptures, the gospel and reaching people, as it says in Matthew 28:19: ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.’”

For more information, call (432) 368-2500 or visit www.crossroadsodessa.com.

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