Guests - What to Expect
Gateway Church is a place where you can find both family and community, as well as a place to experience God in a personal way. Just as our vision statement indicates, we want to welcome people from every generation and every nation, and want every person who attends Gateway to be touched by the love of God in powerful life-changing ways!
When you fill in a Guest Registration form at the Gateway KIDS registration table in the foyer, we will provide you with a name badge for your child(ren). If your child is age 5 or under, the name badge will also have a number that allows us to page you if needed during the service and ensures that your preschool-aged child will be released only to you when it’s time for children to be picked up after the sermon. After your first visit, you will be able to print your child’s name badge directly from our check-in computers.
Every Sunday in both services, we offer KidsQuest for elementary-aged kids in Grades 1-4, while Grades 5 & 6 can enjoy Impact, a class designed specifically for preteens!
As you enter the auditorium at our South or Panet campuses (which, at Panet, serves as a gym for The King’s School, a ministry of Gateway Church), you will be greeted by another volunteer who will offer you a weekly Gateway bulletin and help you find a seat.
Sunday services in two locations!
One of our campuses is in northeast Winnipeg, at 851 Panet Road, where we the service is presently at 10:00am (though in the fall, we will go back to having two service times at 9:00am and 11:00am).
Our other campus in the South Osborne area, at 486 Rathgar Avenue, meets on Sundays at 10:30am (though from June 30 to September 1, the service will begin at 10:00am for the summer).
Service times are generally about 90 minutes.
What’s the service like?
Each of our services begins with a live band leading everyone in a time of worship, singing a mixture of contemporary and traditional songs. Children remain in the auditorium, often with their parents during this part of the service, though many children love to dance and wave colourful flags that are provided as an expression of their enjoyment of this time of worship.
Children are then released to Gateway KIDS classes, where they will meet in age-specific groups in fun, age-appropriate environments to learn about God from trained and screened staff and volunteers. Please let an usher know if you are attending for the first time with a child or children, and they will direct you to the Gateway KIDS registration table in the foyer so that you can register your child(ren) for their classes (see Where will my children be? below for details). Teenagers can also attend a class specifically for them every second Sunday.
Those who remain in the auditorium will then hear a Bible-based message that contains practical applications to our everyday lives.
A church library is also open in the Panet cloakroom after the service. It has many titles for readers of all ages.
Offerings are optional
We don’t want any of our guests to feel under any obligation to give when it comes time for the offering. If you are a guest at Gateway, please feel free to let the basket pass you by without feeling any pressure to give. If you would like to give, you are welcome to do so, but the offering time is primarily an opportunity for those who are a regular part of Gateway to give.
Where will my children be?
Gateway’s Children’s Ministry is a fun and exciting time where kids meet in both large group formats as well as in smaller groups for age-appropriate discussion times. The kids enjoy having their own times of praising God together, time spent playing games and activities, as well as time learning about Jesus in creative and interactive lessons.
Babies and children up to kindergarten-age attend various age-specific classes in Noah’s Ark, which is a safe and fun environment for youngsters. The check-in system for all the children is designed to give all parents peace of mind. When you check in, we will provide you with a numbered tag that allows us to page you if needed during the service, and ensures that your child can only be released to you when it’s time for children to be picked up.
Children in grades 1-4 attend Heirforce each week, and children in grades 5-6 attend Impact every second Sunday. Junior High and Senior high Youth can attend Fusion when it is offered (usually 2 Sundays a month). Other youth activities happen every Friday evening, and updates regarding what’s happening each week can be found by calling our Youth staff at 204-989-6580, ext. 207.
If you have any questions that haven’t been answered here, please contact us.