Building the Community. Building the Kingdom.
Out of the Ordinary, God Does the Extraordinary.
Thanks to the grace of God and the generosity of our community we have raised gifts and pledges of almost $1.2 million dollars to the glory of God and to rebuild our youth center. Thank you to all who pledged and contributed. Construction is scheduled to begin in May with the new Crossroads hopefully opening in November.
Watch the Crossroads story here.
God has blessed us with a burden. APC is a small country church and yet we have one of the largest youth and young adult ministries in the country! This is a burden for this little country church. The amount of staff we have to hire; the amount of food it takes to feed teenagers; the scholarships it requires to include all students on retreats and mission trips; these are burdens.
That is why this church community is at a Crossroads. We have to decide, do we want to continue to house this ministry? The session approved the rebuilding of Crossroads but in reality, this is a decision of the entire church body. We must all consider the dilapidated condition of the current structure and pray about the future of this mission.
Do we want to continue to shoulder this burden of sharing the love of Jesus Christ with all of these teenagers and young adults with whom God has blessed us?
The Allentown Presbyterian Church and the surrounding community have a wonderful opportunity to insure that not only teens today, but future generations have a safe, Christ centered place to gather and encounter God. Please join us in prayer and consider how you can support this campaign to rebuild Crossroads.
“Then they said ‘Let us start building!” So they committed themselves to the common good.” Neh 2:18b
Crossroads: Building the Kingdom. Building the Community.
Frequently asked Questions
Q: What is Crossroads?
A: Crossroads is the name of the building on 75 S. Main Street. It is owned by the Allentown Presbyterian Church and is primarily used as the gathering place for youth grades 6-12 and young adults age 18-30. There are two separate structures that make up Crossroads, an historic 19th century 2-story house and a one-story building that was added on in the 1940s and used as a grocery and then a deli. Crossroads is also the name of the youth and young adult ministry that meets in the Crossroads building.
Q: What is the Crossroads Campaign?
A: It is a three year capital campaign to raise money to rebuild the one-story part of the Crossroads Youth Center of the Allentown Presbyterian Church.
Q: Why does the Crossroads Youth Center have to be rebuilt?
A: There are two structures that make up Crossroads. The historic house will remain largely as is. The one-story deli structure has many structural issues. In addition it is too small to adequately accommodate all of the youth and young adults and the different small groups currently using the facility.
Q: How big is the proposed new building?
A: The new building will be a two-story building of approximately 5805 sq. feet. The existing one-story building is 1450 sq. feet.
Q: Why is the new building so large?
A: The youth and young adult ministry of APC is one of the largest groups of its kind in the United States. There are between 100-150 young people and their adult leaders who meet there every week. The current limited size forced us to create several smaller groups. The groups need room to gather as a whole as well as small group break out rooms allowing the students to meet in smaller groups.
Q: What will the new building include?
A: It will include a large downstairs room that can hold approximately 150 people, a new kitchen, ADA compliant bathrooms, 6 new small group rooms, an improved mechanical system, and additional means of ingress and egress for safety.
Q: When will the construction take place?
A: Assuming we raise enough in gifts and pledges, work will begin in May. We hope to have the new building built and occupied by November of 2017.
Q: How much will the project cost?
A: The total cost is estimated to be $989,000. This includes the actual cost of the building and the other costs including architectural fees, engineering costs, site work, and appliances.
Q: How will the church pay for this?
A: Primarily we are asking individual members of the church and community to make a three year commitment of money (2017-2019) to pay for the costs of the project. Assuming we do not raise all of the money upfront, the church will fund the remainder of the costs from a line of credit and then pay down the line as people pay their pledges and funds become available.
Q: How does Crossroads benefit the entire community?
A: Crossroads is a missional outreach of APC to the community. Only 25-30% of the youth who attend Crossroads are from APC. About 50% of the youth at Crossroads do not have any church home. There are many students and families in the ministry whose lives have been dramatically impacted by this ministry. There are many members of APC who came into the life of the church through Crossroads. The public school has at times referred students and their families to Crossroads. Each month the youth visit older mentors as well as supporting different mission sites in the community.
Q: How will the new building be used?
A: The current Crossroads building is used 6 days a week. The new building, like the current building will be used constantly, primarily for the youth and young adult ministries of APC. There are other groups that currently use the Crossroads space that will also use the new space: various recovery groups, the weekly men’s ministry and others. Furthermore, other groups may use the space as schedules permit.
Q: How can I support the campaign?
A: We are asking everyone to make a pledge at the Crossroads Gala. The campaign will last for three years. You can pay in whatever way you want: a one-time gift, annually, quarterly, monthly or weekly. You may also consider the sale of stock or other assets. The church can assist with these transactions. We encourage people to consider approaching their place of business for matching grants.
Q: What is the Crossroads Gala?
A: The Gala is an evening to gather to celebrate the goodness of God and offer our gifts to rebuild the Crossroads Youth Center. The event will take place on Saturday March 18th at the Stone Terrace Ballroom in Hamilton from 5-9. It will include dinner, music, a keynote address and testimonies. Our keynote speaker is The Rev Dr. Craig Barnes, President of Princeton Theological Seminary.
Q: Who is invited to the Gala?
A: The entire APC/Crossroads community. This is an adult event. Specific youth will be there by invitation to help host, serve, share testimonies and/or lead music .
Q: How much does the Gala cost?
A: The cost is free. RSVP’s are required.