City Groups are the church scattered throughout the city in different groups so that we can more specifically love each other, and get better equipped to love our city through the gospel and good works that adorn it.
We love to eat together, study scripture and pray together. This is definitely the place to get relationally connected, as each group includes men, women, and children. This is a place where all are welcome.
At a minimum, each City Group gathers weekly, and first-time visitors are always welcome! City Groups typical range from 20-35 people. We believe proximity matters for community, so we would suggest visiting the groups closest to you first. Below will find contact information for the group leaders. Please contact a city group leader since locations can change from house to house.
If you join a group, you can be included on the "Group Me" (free messaging app) and stay updated.
Every City Group welcomes children. We believe children are active participants in the life of the church.
The Hunters meet on Thursdays at 6:30pm.
The Oleskys meet on Wednesdays at 6:30pm.
The Langhams meet on Wednesdays at 6:30pm.
The Mathews meet on Wednesdays at 6:30pm.
The Cross Church exists to glorify God by making disciples who enjoy Jesus together. That last word - "together" - is important. Enjoying Christ is not just something we do alone, but together as a church.
Although the Bible gives no (explicit) commands to become a "member" of a local church, the Bible does (implicitly) assume we will be a member of a local church. In other words, there are simply no categories for living the Christian life outside of commitment to the local church.
In Scripture, every follower of Christ upon being baptized moves into direct relationship with God's church. There are many biblical arguments one could give to establish the necessity of local church membership and its importance for our growth in Christ.
The biggest argument may be that Jesus didn't just die for "you" he died for "us". We matter to Jesus! And if we want to grow as Christians we will do so leaning into one another, not away from one another.
Jesus is the head of the church, the church is his body, and each person is an indispensable member of it. This is why The Cross takes church membership so seriously, agreeing on a 5-fold process for church membership.
When God's people gather to pray, the Bible says we are engaging in warfare. "For we war not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." (Ephesians 6:12)
This is the reality we acknowledge when we gather for prayer each Sunday before the worship service. As such, it is both a serious labor and a joyous privilege to seek the Lord's face together.
All are invited to join in a time of intercession and worship through corporate prayer on behalf of our church, our people and their needs, the worship service and preaching, our city and community, the work of Christ in Pensacola and throughout the world.
Sundays at 9:30am-10:15am
— Child Care Provided —
Please feel free to come and go as you need at either of these meetings.