It is never easy to visit a new church for the first time. We want to make your first experience a good one.
Here's an overview of what you can expect on a typical Sunday.
Some people dress up in their Sunday best while others dress down and come casual. Dress the way that you feel most comfortable.
Our Sunday services always include reading scripture aloud. We do suggest bringing a Bible with you so that you can read along as the minister is speaking. You can either use a hard-copy paper Bible, or use an app or Bible website on your mobile device. We generally use the NIV Bible, but will occasionally use other versions, such as NLT, ESV, or The Message.
We recommend arriving about 10 minutes prior to the start of worship (by 9:50).
Sunday services normally last about 75 minutes. Below is a walk-through of what you can expect on a typical Sunday:
Upstairs, Gateway Kids offers childcare for all children ages 3 months through 5th grade. You can drop off your children as early as 15 minutes before the start of service; we request that children are picked up immediately following the close of service. Parents are also welcome to keep their children with them during service; we have a cry room adjacent to our sanctuary which new moms and dads are welcome to utilize.
We also have a Gateway Middle School ministry (grades 6-8). Our middle schoolers will sit in service through the communion, and then be dismissed to their classroom upstairs for their own lesson.
Gateway Teens (grades 9-12) sit with the regular Sunday service. They also have their own lessons and activities on other nights during the week.