Stay connected, offer or receive help, and continue growing in Jesus throughout these months.

We are a church family who loves Jesus and is committed to serving our Fox Valley community. Scroll down to see ways you can connect online or in person as we continue to live with changes due to the pandemic.

Reopening

We are excited to begin meeting in our building again during the summer months! We will continue offering worship services online for the foreseeable future. Our Children’s Ministry will reopen in the fall. Scroll down for online Children’s Ministry resources you can use at home. The Fireside Café will remain closed through the summer. Our outdoor play area and walking path around the pond are open for use. Please note that all reopening plans are subject to change according to local health information and case numbers. If you wish to begin receiving email updates from Christ The Rock, send your contact information to mail@christtherock.org.

CTR PHASE 1 | through June 14
• Services and Children’s Ministry continue online
• All groups, classes and counseling are offered online
• Crisis 1:1 counseling meets in designated parts of the building
• Small Groups <10 meet outdoors/homes

CTR PHASE 2 | June 15

We are excited to resume some activities and care for people in person again, while keeping your health and safety as high priorities. Please note that reopening plans may change at any time pending local health information.
Sunday services and Children’s Ministry continue online. Links for both are located on this page.
• The building is not open to the public yet, but will now be open for Care & Support Groups <50 and 1:1 counseling
(Pastors, counselors and group leaders will meet you at the WEST Doors to let you in.) For more information about groups such as Celebrate Recovery, Freedom Fighters, Facing Heartbreak, and more, click here.
Weddings & Funerals <50 can be held in the building.
• Everyone entering the building must follow check-in procedures at the door. Masks are encouraged.
• Small groups <10 may meet outdoors or in homes (following CDC guidelines).
• Some classes will continue meeting online.
• Staff may return to the church office or continue working from home.
• Crossing will begin meeting outdoors Thursdays at 7 pm (weather permitting); contact Clayton for details about small groups. Groups of <50 can worship together outside or in homes (following CDC guidelines).
• The Fireside Café and play areas remain closed.

While the details of reopening are important, we believe that our attitude toward one another and our community are even more important. We want to honor those who differ in perspective, understanding that each person’s life circumstances impact their thoughts about reopening. While we can’t wait to meet together again, we also wish to protect the vulnerable and be loving neighbors to the Fox Valley. Paul’s words in Philippians 2:1-4 provide guidance about how we can strive to treat one another during the next months: Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

CTR PHASE 3 | June 28*:

• Worship services resume June 28 at 8:45 & 10:45 am at 40% capacity with social distancing
• Online services will continue to care for those at higher risk
• Children’s Ministry remains online only, with plans to reopen in fall
• We are encouraging attenders to wear masks to care for the vulnerable in our church and community
• Fireside Café and indoor play area will remain closed; outside play area will be open
• Communion, offering and other elements of services will be adapted to be “touchless”
*CTR’s plans may change per local health information and cases

While the details of reopening are important, we believe that our attitude toward one another and our community are even more important. We want to honor those who differ in perspective, understanding that each person’s life circumstances impact their thoughts about reopening. While we can’t wait to meet together again, we also wish to protect the vulnerable and be loving neighbors to the Fox Valley. Paul’s words in Philippians 2:1-4 provide guidance about how we can strive to treat one another during the next months: Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

 

Sunday Service Livestream at 8:45 & 10:45 am

Join us worship services each Sunday! Our current message series is Sit, Walk, Stand: The Path to an Unshakeable Faith. Join us to watch the livestream on Facebook at 8:45 & 10:45 am, or through YouTube or our website. We hope you’ll stay connected with each other in the comments on Facebook, or in the group chat on YouTube. If you know friends or family who could use the hope of Jesus, please invite them to watch too!

Children’s Ministry | Sun., July 5

Our Children’s Ministry will reopen in the fall — and we are excited to welcome your kids into the “big church” with you when we resume in-person services on June 28! Even though we aren’t meeting in person, our Children’s Ministry team wants to help kids keep growing in Jesus! We invite your family to open up your Bibles and practice the memory verses below, watch the teaching video together, then talk about what you watch. To keep the conversation going during the week, print out the Kids’ Devotionals and Parent Guide.

NEW! Now all our Children’s Ministry video resources are formatted in a playlist, so your child can watch this week’s worship video, teaching video and parent information from Miss Jen and Miss Theresa with just one click!

PRESCHOOL: Click here for your video playlist. | ELEMENTARY: Click here for your playlist. | CLUB 5•6: Click here for your playlist. 

July Memory Verses: Preschool | Elementary | Club 5•6: Faith is being sure of what we hope for. It is being sure of what we do not see. ~Hebrews 11:1

Parent Guides:  Preschool | Kindergarten-4th Grade | Club 5•6

Kids’ Devotionals: Kindergarten/1st grade | 2nd-4th Grade | Club 5•6

Tuesday Devotion, Study & Prayer | 7 pm on Facebook

Join our pastors for a time of Bible study and prayer in the middle of the week. You’ll find our Fireside Chat on Facebook by clicking here.

Student Ministries

July 20-23 is Student Ministries Week, with fun outdoor evening activities planned! Click over to our Student Ministries page for full details! We will also be offering two Bible studies July 15-Sept. 2, and all the details are here on our Student Ministries page. We will keep sharing details about summer activities here and on our AMPED and NarrowPath-CTR Facebook pages, and on Instagram (ctr_students).

Crossing Young Adult Ministry

Crossing is meeting in person again Thursdays at 7 pm outdoors by the pond (weather permitting). If you’re age 18-30, and would like to be part of Crossing, leave a message with Clayton through email or the Crossing Facebook page. He will connect you with the Group Me online meetings, small groups and other events.

Food Pantry

Our Food Pantry is open, and operating with safe social distancing practices in place. We are accepting food donations on Mondays-Thursdays 8 am – 3 pm on donation shelves outside the main entrance. Thank you for your generosity during this time of increased need for our communities! Items needed are: diapers and baby wipes, non-perishable items, peanut butter and jelly, bread, cereal, canned meats, and cleaning supplies, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, and hand soap. 

If you are in need of food: Because of increased requests, we are not packing bags for specific requests* – we will have pre-packed bags groceries for different family sizes. We are changing our pick-up method to a “drive-up” instead of our usual procedure. Our volunteers will meet you at your car and will be handing off bags. If you missed the sign-up deadline (5:00 pm Fridays) but still need food, we will have extra bags packed during these weeks. *If clients have serious health needs, such as food allergies or Crohn’s disease, we are asking people to please leave that information on the voicemail when you call. At this time, we are offering limited delivery to the elderly or those who have no transportation. To sign up for our next food pickup, click here

To volunteer for our Food Pantry as a driver or in other ways during this time of increased needs, click here.

CTR Covid HelpLink

If you have needs or want to request prayer OR want to help to other people in our church or community during this time of “safer at home,” click here. Needs might include a request for a household item you’re not using, delivering groceries, requesting someone to call to talk and pray everyday, or other simple ways we can help each other. Requests will be added to an email group where you can choose to help with someone’s need.

Sign up to Pray

Sign up here to commit to praying for a 1-hour time slot one or more days during the week. We will be praying for those who are vulnerable to COVID-19, for those who are sick, and for essential workers on the “front lines”: people working in medical clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, grocery stores, gas stations, shipping and other businesses that will remain open during these weeks of “safer at home.” We will pray for the Fox Valley, our nation, and those around the world who are suffering during this pandemic.

Online Devotionals

Pastors, ministry leaders and staff will be encouraging us all through this time of “safer at home” with Online Devotionals on our blog. You’ll find them here or on Facebook on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Cards & Notes for Hospital Care Packages

Right now, hospitals are not allowing visitors, and patients must spend long days alone. A CTR small group did the research to find out which hospitals would take care packages, and prepared and delivered 50 . . . and they’re working on 100 more! What you can do: Write a card with an encouraging note about God’s love, sign it with your first name only, and “Christ The Rock family.” Children’s cards and drawings are also welcome. Please do NOT lick the envelope — just tuck in the flap and write “You Are Loved” on the outside. Please pray the these care packages bring hope and peace to those who are suffering, and pray that these care packages would draw people to Jesus. Mail them to Christ The Rock: W6254 Highway 10 114, Menasha WI 54952.

Community Resources for Mental Health

If you need access to mental health resources, domestic violence or a crisis hotline, our counseling staff has put together a list of resources here.

Share Your Story

One thing we can count on during uncertain times is that God is always at work! If you have a story of how God showed himself, or ways that Christ The Rock has blessed you or our community, during these days of isolation, please consider sharing it here. We would love to bring God glory by celebrating these stories online or in future Fireside Chats.

For Hospitalization and Funerals:

Our crisis line for hospital visits and funerals will continue to operate. Call 920.730.8383 ext. 4361 if you have a death in your family or are requesting support for someone who is hospitalized. At this time, some hospitals are allowing pastors to visit. If a hospital does not allow visitors, our pastors can still call and pray (with the patient’s permission).

Give to the mission at CTR

Our mission is: Seek the Lost, Love the Hurting, and Make Disciples. Click here to give toward our Food Pantry, ongoing counseling and support groups, Community Partners (including Leaven, World Relief, Fox Valley Jail Ministries and more), and all ministry at Christ The Rock. You can give via text, direct withdrawal, credit/debit card, or by mailing a check to Christ The Rock: W6254 Highway 10-114, Menasha WI 54952.

 

Safety Measures in Place at Christ The Rock

We have cleaned and sanitized public areas thoroughly during the closure.
We are committed to offering a safe environment for everyone as we re-open.
Extra sanitizing stations
We will be adding more hand sanitizing stations near entrances and other areas in our building.
Offering
When we meet for services again, we will not pass offering baskets during services. Instead, we will have offering boxes just inside the entrances of the Worship Center. You can also continue to give online.
Communion
Our next communion time in July will be modified so we are not passing trays person-to-person. We will use sealed, pre-packaged juice and communion bread.
Self-Serve Coffee Suspended
We will not offer carafes of self-serve coffee on the hospitality table in the lobby. Please feel free to bring your own travel mug of coffee if you wish.

 

Planning for the Weeks to Come

• Please check this page for the most up-to-date information about changes to events and activities on this page.
• We will continue to disciple people with Sunday messages. You can watch our services online here.
• We will not be sending teams on mission trips to prioritize the health of both the people we serve and our volunteer teams. (Haiti Medical Trip in May, Peru and Alaska Trips in June)

As news about COVID-19 continues to unfold, our Senior Leadership Team will be praying about opportunities to show our community what it means to trust in God and find our security in Christ.