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Crossover Orlando connects churches with Central Florida communities

By Barbara Denman

October 12, 2012


TAMPA (FBC)—Block parties, a basketball clinic and tournament, a youth event featuring a former Harlem Globetrotter and senior adult event featuring the music of “Dixie Echoes” are among activities Orlando area-churches plan to use to engage their communities with the Gospel during Crossover Orlando.


Other activities include a youth rally and an outreach event with illusionist Drew Worsham, mobile dental unit, a block party with the Strength team and a bi-lingual community festival.


The activities are slated primarily for the weekend Nov. 10-11, in conjunction with the Florida Baptist State Convention, which is set for Nov. 12-13 at First Baptist Church in Orlando, but some events will span the week.


Volunteers from Florida Baptist congregations across the state are encouraged to participate in Crossover for mission involvement and hands-on training experience as many of the events can be reproduced to reach people in their communities.


Crossover Orlando is a “dynamic partnership” between area churches, the Greater Orlando Baptist Association and the Florida Baptist Convention, according to Jeff Hessinger, strategist of the Convention’s Personal Evangelism Team.


“We are preparing for an incredible week of evangelistic outreach throughout our communities,” said Hessinger. “Crossover will provide various styles of outreach events throughout the region to connect local churches to unchurched people in their immediate communities.”


Hessinger commended the Orlando pastors and ministry leaders “who are passionate about sharing the Gospel with the area."


“We will touch thousands of people and see hundreds come to faith in Christ,” Hessinger said.


The FBSC host church, First Baptist Church of Orlando, will sponsor a basketball clinic on Saturday of Crossover. Students from 10 elementary and middle schools have been invited to attend the clinic at the church from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Guest speaker is Nick Anderson, first-ever draft choice and all-time leading scorer with the Orlando Magic basketball team. Basketballs will be given to the first 500 students who attend.


For more information on this event contact Bill Mitchell at 407-425-2555


First Baptist Church of Kissimmee plans to hold an evangelistic block party at a nearby apartment complex. The congregation has enlisted Christian illusionist Drew Worsham at two events—a student rally on Saturday and an outreach effort on Sunday. For more information contact the church office at 407-847-3138.


First Baptist Church of Central Florida is planning Crossover activities throughout the week. From Wednesday through Sunday, the church will host the Florida Baptist Mobile Dental Unit to treat needy patients. Then on Thursday, a senior adult “Friends Day” will feature the Gospel singing group, the Dixie Echoes.


On Saturday, the Central Florida church will present a three-on-three basketball tournament beginning at 4 p.m. The event will also offer food and fellowship and a basketball skills challenge. Former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams will speak during the event and during a youth rally in the church’s Worship Center on Saturday from 6 p.m.-7 p.m.


Sunday from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. the church will host a block party for Kirkman Community Church at Poppy Park with the Strength Team as special guests. The Strength Team is a group of professional athletes who share their testimonies and the Gospel along with feats of strength.


For more information on any of these events contact the Central Florida church at 407-293-4571.


The Strength Team will also be special guests during the Community festival at Iglesia Bautista de la Trinidad in Apopka on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Strength Team will perform from 11 a.m. to noon. For further information contact the church at 407-718-6261.


Also on Saturday, outreach festivals will be held at three Orlando churches, Hay Vida en Jesus, (407-927-1359); New Covenant Fellowship Baptist Church (321-443-6994); and Tangelo Baptist Church, (407-351-1585) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


The Iglesia Bautista Santuario Adoracion in Winter Garden will be the site of two Crossover activities. A block party will be held at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and then the Mobile Dental Unit will serve those with dental needs beginning on Monday.


According to Hessinger, the Spanish speaking church is holding the block party as a kick off to launch an English-speaking worship service the following week in their sanctuary.

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