I Am New
When looking at new churches, the process can sometimes be overwhelming, and it’s easy to lose sight of the real reason you’re looking and what’s important to you and your family. To give you a glimpse of what you can expect when you visit Holy Cross, we have put together answers to some commonly asked questions.
If your question is not answered, please feel free to contact us anytime.
What kind of church is Holy Cross?
When visiting Holy Cross, you’ll see and meet a variety of people connecting and welcoming you to God’s house. We have a more traditional worship at 8:30 am and a more contemporary worship service at 11 am. Both will reveal the Word of God in ways that are memorable and relevant to what you are going through each day. Beyond worship, Holy Cross is a group of people committed to serving our Northwest Dallas community and making it a better place to live, work, and go to school. We do not exist only for the benefits of our members but to extend God’s love to all with whom we come into contact.
What kind of people come to Holy Cross Church?
At Holy Cross, you will find all kinds of people. The soccer mom, the business man, the student, the person in a suit, and the person in a tank top and flip flops all come together and realize we all have one thing in common. We are all sinners in need of a Savior and that Savior is Jesus Christ. Spiritually speaking, you will encounter people who are all in different places in their spiritual journey. Some are exploring the Christian faith for the first time; others are returning; others have spent most of their lives in church.
What if I don’t normally go to church?
That’s okay. We have many people in our church for whom the church experience is new. We seek to create a welcoming environment for those who are curious about God, but don’t always come to church. We want Holy Cross to be a place where you can learn, apply and wrestle with who God is and what He wants for you. It’s okay if you don’t have it all figured out yet; we don’t either. But we do know that God has changed many hearts… you never know what he will do for you.
What are the worship gatherings like?
At Holy Cross, we have three very different worship opportunities each week. Each lasts about 60 minutes and is centered on God’s Word and Sacraments, but each in its own way. The 8:30 am Worship opportunity uses a traditional Lutheran liturgy and hymns. Our pipe organ accompanies worshipers and our sanctuary choir adds a variety of special music to help us focus our hearts on the forgiveness and grace that is ours through Christ. Our Pastor wears robes during this service, and Holy Communion is celebrated every week. The 11 am Worship opportunity is more informal but just as focused engaging God’s people in a faith-strengthening time of worship. At this service, the liturgy is more fluid and changes with the theme of the Sunday. A worship leader and praise team lead the congregation in music, and Holy Communion is celebrated every week. Our Spanish-language worship service is 6 pm. It is also very informal, and is conducted completely in Spanish with a brief time of fellowship following each week.
What about my children?
Holy Cross is a family-friendly environment. There are several children and young families here. We believe that children are a blessing from God and should be taught about God and his plan for the world in a fun learning environment. For more information on our children’s programs, click here.
What should I wear?
Wear whatever you feel comfortable wearing. There is no set dress code at Holy Cross. You will find that the early Traditional service worshiper tends to be more conservative. However, most of the people that attend the contemporary service, dress on the casual side. (There are usually a number of people wearing NFL jerseys, especially during football season).
Can I invite my friends?
We would love for you to invite your friends. We do our best to be a warm and welcoming environment for people who are curious about Christianity or who are looking to belong to a community of Christ-followers. Holy Cross will always be a mission church that focuses on making a difference in the community, connecting people to Christ and training and releasing them as missionaries of Jesus in their daily lives. Holy Cross is part of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
What ministries are important to Holy Cross?
Holy Cross has been a part of this Northwest Dallas community for more than 60 years, and our neighbors are very important to us. We are active in our neighborhood schools and seek to provide ongoing ministries for the families in our community. For more information about ministries in our community, click here.