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Here’s our latest newsletter. Click the images to get a pdf file.

EyreMail Mar 2011 page 1 EyreMail Mar 2011 page 2

Roy and Becky

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Becky and I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We spent a few days in Amelia Island and had a bountiful feast with family in Jacksonville.

Here’s the November newsletter. Click on the images below to view the pdf files.

 

 

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CrossPointe Church Orlando

Our new church building

For those who like the big picture, here’s the view of our new building from the parking lot. Our attendance on Sunday was double what we were running four weeks ago, so this lot was pretty full!

As promised, here are a few more shots of the children’s rooms. On Saturday, I’ll be hanging a couple of pieces of artwork I’ve created that illustrate the idea of church and home coming together to amplify the gospel message in the life of each child.

God is Bigger

A participatory mural where kids can bring in the biggest pine cone or a photo of a giant peach

The space room

When Kaitlyn walked into her classroom and saw this planet, she exclaimed, "Wow! That's big!" Exactly.

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As I explained in my last post, our goal is for every child to think of the biggest thing they can imagine or comprehend and realize that God is bigger than that. So when Kaitlyn walked into her space classroom and exclaimed, “That is big!” we felt pretty good. She gets it.

Kaitlyn is big

Kaitlyn shows off the mural in the reception area

Our reception area is dominated by an interactive mural that encourages kids to participate. I just mounted a shadow box today (I’ll post photos tomorrow) where children can display the biggest pine cone they’ve ever seen, a photo of a giant peach they saw on a road trip, or their mother’s cell phone bill — our pastor’s recent suggestion.

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The last month or two, Becky and I have been going full speed trying to prepare for our move into our new church building. Our particular focus is the Children’s Ministry, and the building that was handed to us had far too much beige for our children!

The Children's Ministry hallway

We tried to brighten and create a sense of movement in a long hallway

Becky organized two workdays with about 25 volunteers at each, painting hallways and murals, putting together “partial assembly required” swings and toys and organizing supplies. A small design team and I created and painted a number of murals focused on the bigness of God.

Each room is themed around the question, “What is big for this age group?” For infants, flowers can be huge! For walkers, all they see are legs. For toddlers, trees are big. Preschoolers can begin to take in the bigness of a mountain. And Kindergartners think space is the biggest thing they can imagine.

Our first preview service was last Sunday, and it was a big success. We had about 250 more people than a typical week, and almost double the number of children. At times it was absolutely crazy as we worked out kinks and learned a new registration system. This week we’re anticipating a small reduction in attendance because of Labor Day, but the following week will likely set a record for our highest attendance ever. Please pray for Becky and me as we make our plans. It’s exciting, but growth and special events take a lot out of you. Becky has especially been putting in a lot of hours.

Thanks for your partnership with us.

The nursery

What's big for infants? Even the flowers and ladybugs are huge!

Jungle-themed Toddler Room

Cotter takes in the jungle-themed toddler room

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