Posted on : Tuesday June 3, 2014

The countdown has begun! Crossover BaltimoCrossover-72re will be here before we know it. To be held on Saturday, June 7, preceding the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, Crossover Baltimore is an amazing opportunity for local churches in and around Baltimore to share the love of Jesus with individuals who live and work in the area.

Presently, 62 outreach events are planned with 54 mission teams coming from 17 states and six seminaries, including Midwestern, New Orleans, Southeastern, Southern, and Southwestern, as well as Liberty University.  Seminary students will arrive earlier in the week, canvassing neighborhoods for church plants in Baltimore.

“This amounts to around 1,100 volunteers!” shared Bob Mackey, director of missions for the Baltimore Baptist Association.

“We are deeply appreciative that God would raise up people in our state and country to help the churches in our region,” said Mackey, visibly moved. He said most of the volunteers are coming from churches in the multi-state Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware.

Thirty-two BBA churches, 25 of which attended one of three BBA evangelism trainings, are participating in these evangelistic endeavors. These include block parties, festivals, a 5k run and family fun day, health fair, sports outreaches, a coffee house, car wash, construction, prayer walking, and canvassing. The Baptist Collegiate Ministry is hosting “Sand America,” a beach volleyball event on Rash Field with games through the day, free food and a bounce house for children.

Here is a preview of some of the events. All are on June 7 unless otherwise noted:

*   Captivate Church is partnering with American Indian South Broadway Baptist Church and Freedom Church to host a community fun day on the North side of Patterson Park Church from 10 am to 2 pm.

*   Catonsville Church will have a block party from 4 to 7 pm.

*   Chestnut Ridge Church will have a family fun day from 11 am to 3 pm.

*   Colonial Baptist Church will have a block party from noon to 4 pm.

*   First Baptist Church, Brooklyn, will have a block party and feeding unit from noon to 4:30 pm.

*   First Baptist Church, Dundalk, will have a block party from 2 to 6 pm.

*   Faith Baptist Church, Glen Burnie, will have a 5k run and family fun day.

*   Freedom Church Block Party, Friday, June 6, 5-8 p.m.

*   Infinity Church will have a community health fair from 9 am to 2 pm.

*   GraceWay Church will have a block party from 2 to 7 pm.

*   Long Green Baptist Church will have a water distribution and free car wash at church from 10 am to 1 pm and minister at a block party with Cockeysville Baptist Church from 3 to 7 pm.

*   Manna Bible Church will be prayer walking and hosting a block party from 2-11 p.m.

*   Mars Hill Church will have a car wash (at church) from 10 a.m.-2 pm.

*   Middle River Church will have a sports outreach from 9 am-3 pm.

*   Northeast Baptist Church will have a block party from 3 to 7 pm on baseball fields near the church.

*   Parkville Baptist Church will have a baseball clinic from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and later, a family fun day starting at 4 pm.

*   Pathways Church will have a coffee house at 7 pm on June 6. Several seminary students will provide the music for the evening.

*   Seventh Metro Church will host “City Fest” from 11 am to 5 pm.

*   Streetlite Christian Fellowship will host mission teams that will help with construction ministry and church members will prayer walk.

*   Tabernacle Church will be host mission teams that will help with construction and members will canvass the community.

*   The Village Church will have a block party.

*   Fire & Light Community (a new Reisterstown Plant), Gallery Church at East Point, and SoWeBo; Grace Life, The Light, Iglesia Bautista de Baltimore and Valley Church will be canvassing their neighborhoods.