Farewell!

Laura GrierCross Missions

Following the end of my first semester away at college, I came home to Charlotte to a city I had visited twice, a church I’d been inside of once, and a home I had never seen. This served as quite the shock, and I found myself sitting at home, watching countless hours of HBO and Netflix, feeling bad for myself. … Read More

Running into Similarities

Laura GrierCross Missions

We are more similar than we are different. As a former high school cross-country runner, one of my favorite ministry partners of CROSS quickly became RunningWorks. Originally organized through the Urban Ministry Center, RunningWorks now operates as its own ministry, creating community and fellowship through fitness and teaching life skills. Distance running is one of the best ways to get … Read More

Holding Hands with the Kingdom of God

Laura GrierChildren, Cross Missions

Let’s get one thing straight – I am not a hugger. I consider myself a loving person but I am definitely not a hand-holding, hugging, kissing-on-the-cheek, snuggling, cuddling person… and yet the most striking moments of God’s kingdom this summer have been moments of physical touch and comfort. For one week, I had the privilege to lead fifteen 4th and 5th … Read More

Ministry Partner Post: Friendship Trays

Laura GrierCross Missions

Eyes Wide Open Friendship Trays loves to get kids and youth involved with our work and open their eyes to the reality of need in our community. One of our most loyal partners is CROSS Missions, a ministry of Myers Park Presbyterian Church. CROSS hosts groups of middle and high schoolers, college students, and adults from churches all over North … Read More

Strength

Laura GrierCross Missions

STRENGTH Strength: the ability to resist being moved or broken by a force. Strength of body, strength of mind, strength of faith, strength of God. This week has marked a week of tragedy for our country. The unnecessary deaths in Orlando came a week before the year anniversary of the Charleston AME Mother Emanuel Church shooting. Last year I watched … Read More

Neighbors

Laura GrierCross Missions

For those of you who do not know, this summer I am working as an intern for CROSS Missions in Charlotte, North Carolina. The mission of CROSS is to “cross over boundaries that divide us, cross out stereotypes that judge us, and share Christ’s love.” This summer I get to hang out with middle schoolers and lead them at two … Read More