The Atrium. Children are welcomed and cherished in the Atrium.Â Â Â The whole idea is for children to fall in love with God and Jesus at a young age and to nurture that relationship.Â And how do they do that?Â Through meditative â€œwork,â€ where things unfold and are not rushed.Â Where they wonder about God and Jesus.Â The kids love it because itâ€™s meaningful and true.
Holy Cross is a place that grounds us as a family. It reminds us how to prioritize things in our lives.Â It reminds us whatâ€™s truly important on a weekly basis.Â The rest of the world seems crazy and consuming and sometimes I feel Iâ€™m losing myself in it.Â Then I come to church and itâ€™s like taking a deep breath.Â Itâ€™s humbling . . . and simple.
Holy Cross is a community. At Holy Cross we are part of a community, a consistent group of people that we see each week because we want to, not because itâ€™s an obligation. We gather for the purpose of worship in Jesus Christ, but also find friendship and support.Â Some of the people here at Holy Cross . . . I still donâ€™t know their names, but I know their faces and their friendly smiles and I look forward to seeing them each week (and getting to know their names :) ).
I asked my kids, why is Holy Cross important to you? Maddy said, â€œItâ€™s like a celebration for God.â€ Alex said, â€œIt means that weâ€™re praying.Â Weâ€™re talking to God and giving thanks.Â Maddy added, â€œBecause we honor God and Jesus.â€ Alex said, â€œItâ€™s because we like the baptism activity in the Atrium.â€
I thought to myself, itâ€™s because we are all a part of Holy Cross and we depend on it.Â And Holy Cross depends on us too.