Gateway meets each Sunday at 10.30am at the Glenearn Community Campus.
Walking into church for the first time can be a bit daunting - especially if it's a brand new experience. But even if you've been a regular elsewhere it can be difficult to know exactly what to expect - churches of different traditions and in various places each tend to have their own unique flavour. As a result, you probably have some questions:
This section is intended to put your mind at rest, but if you have any questions that aren't answered here please feel free to get in contact with us - you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The church is friendly and informal, so you can wear whatever makes you feel comfortable - most of us dress casually - jeans are certainly not out of place. The building is modern and usually nicely warm!
You don't need to bring anything, but if you have one, you could bring a Bible.
Most people generally turn up a few minutes before the service starts at 10.30am. The people who come along to Gateway Community Church are generally quite a friendly bunch. You will be directed to available parking and to the rooms where we meet. You will probably be welcomed as soon as you walk in. There is no seating allocation so take a seat wherever you feel most comfortable, whether it's the back row or right up at the front.
In a word - yes! People of all ages are welcome at Gateway. If you have young children, there is a crèche which is available in an adjacent room. Children up to the age of eleven are encouraged to come along to Sunday Gang, our Children's Church, which takes place during the service in another room. Gateway has a child protection policy and all leaders of children's activities have been Disclosed.
The service normally starts with some church news and announcements, and then an opening time of singing (worship). The offering is usually collected during this time. There is no requirement to give money. (Many of us give via direct debit anyway, so you'll not be the only one not putting cash in the basket). After the music, young people up to the age of eleven are invited to Sunday Gang - children's church in a nearby room - where they can enjoy fun and relevant Bible teaching suited to their age group. The speaker for the week then delivers a message from the Bible. Sometimes there is a song to close the service, which is normally over by 11.30. Then there is an opportunity to chat, mingle and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.
Singing is something Christians do as part of their worship of God. The style of our music is modern or classic hymns played with a contemporary twist. We try our best to reflect the rich diversity of people and tastes within our church. The music is amplified and led from the front, to guide and give confidence to those who are not used to singing or are unfamiliar with the songs.
I'm sure you know people who think the Bible is a largely irrelevant collection of fairy tales from a bygone era that is out of touch with contemporary life and culture. However, we believe that, even today, God speaks through His Word. It has a lot to say about contemporary issues and can greatly benefit individuals as well as our society as a whole. The talk will be about 20 minutes, applying the Bible to life as it is lived today.
We are convinced that God hears prayers and that things happen when people pray. If you would like someone to pray with you, there is always a prayer team available during or after the service.
As we meet in a modern school premises there is full wheel chair access.
Visual Impairment - If you plan on coming to a service at Gateway, we can email in advance songs and readings for the service. Alternatively we can have a braille copy ready for you when you arrive (advanced notice required). Please email email@example.com to request this.