KIDS at The Gate is one of the most important ministries at The Gate.
Our mission for KIDS at The Gate is to provide an environment where kids of all ages can encounter God. We want the character of God, the ways of God and the love of God to be real and understood by our kids. It is our desire to partner with parents as their children begin the lifelong journey of discipleship.
Safety and Security: Your child’s safety is our utmost concern. Therefore, in order to provide a safe and secure environment for our children, all children must be registered. First time attendees should register their children at the Welcome Desk in the upstairs Lobby. There your child will receive a name tag and parents will receive a receipt with the child’s quiet call number on it. This receipt must be presented to teachers as children are picked up after the Worship Gathering.
Toddlers (18 months – 3)
The Gate toddlers experience a safe and loving environment for creative play. Our curriculum is designed to communicate a “Big” thought for the month, which reveals the character of God and helps to lay a foundation in their young hearts. We utilize kinesthetic activities, crafts, bible memory and learning methods to ensure children are engaged and experiencing the “big” idea in every area, from free play to group time. Our team recognizes that we are helping to build a foundation of Christ and supporting parents as they look to impart the truths of Christ to their littles. The truth of God’s word is declared over our young ones through scripture, song and prayer.
Pre-K through K (ages 3-5)
This energetic and curious age group enjoys creative play with age appropriate stations and activities in a safe and loving environment. We carry our “Big” thought into our Pre-K classes, to ensure children are learning and experiencing a consistent concept in an age appropriate presentation, so siblings and families can reinforce these lessons at home. Our Pre-K class includes intentional movement, character development and life application that is relevant to this age group. Our team seeks to create an atmosphere of discovery, instruction and exploration, including times of worship and prayer.
Elementary (Grades 1-5)
Through teaching, prayer, worship, creative arts and hands-on instruction, our elementary aged children are learning the truth of God’s word and how it applies to their lives every day. This age group experiences both small group and large group activities and application that reinforce the lesson. So many kids start a relationship with God during this age group, we want to give them all the tools and resources to help grow that relationship in healthy ways. The Sunday morning experience includes group games, creative powerful lessons and worship. We believe worshiping together as a family is important, so this age group remains upstairs with their families for worship every 4th Sunday, and they remain upstairs for the entire service on every 5th Sunday (about 4 times per year).
Although students in grade 6 are officially part of our LEGACYouth middle school ministry, they are also offered the option of serving monthly in our other classrooms as a youth assistant. Training is provided prior to assigning them to a classroom, and parental consent and agreement to our expectations and policies is required. Discipleship and mentoring is offered as they learn how to be a leader and serve with grace. For more information about students in 6th grade, see the LEGACYouth section of our website.
A Place For 6th – 12th Graders To Connect
In LEGACY Youth, we are a young, passionate group of teenagers, hungry to encounter the presence of God and engage culture in way that radiates His love. We meet regularly on Sunday mornings, and we have awesome youth services on Wednesday nights (6:30-8:00 pm) And in case you’re hungry for more, we also participate in community outreaches, mission trips, worship gatherings, monthly events, family dinner & game nights, prayer walks, campouts, lock-ins and retreats, just to name a few.
Sunday Youth Service
The LEGACY Youth meet during 1st service (9-10:30 AM) following dismissal after worship. Youth service consists of dynamic teaching, with an opportunity to respond and participate at the end in prayer and ministry.
High School Leadership Track
Open to all high school students during 2nd Service on Sundays from 11-11:30 AM! These 30 minute sessions over a 4 week rotation include teaching and assignments to stretch, encourage and equip in the following areas:
- 9/8 – 9/29 Evangelism
- 11/3 – 11/24 Preaching/Teaching
LEGACY Youth Wednesday Nights
All youth gather together in the youth room for games, worship and announcements. We then split the Middle School and High School for teaching and ministry. Join us…and invite your friends!
Every month we hang out together just for the fun of it! Creating an easy open door to invite friends. These events are all about making memories together over some crazy, innocent, usually harmless, FUN!
- Sept 7th 6:00 – 9:00 PM Drive-In Moive @ The Gate
- Oct 26th 4:00 – 7:00 PM Pumpkin Launch @ the Volk’s
- Nov 8th 9:30 – 11:30PM WILCO UNITED @ The Gate
- Nov 16th 1:00 – 4:00 PM Flag Turkey Bowl @ Pinkerton Park
For more details on any of these events, email firstname.lastname@example.org or pick up a flier at The Gate!
Family Dinner & Game Nights
Every 2nd Saturday of the month you will find us at someone’s home for a family dinner & game night!
- Sept 14th @ the Petrounov’s (Middle School Only, High School TBD)
- Oct 12th @ the Weaver’s (Middle School & High School)
- Nov 8th @ the Bruinsma’s (Middle School & High School)
- Dec 13th @ the Phillip’s (Middle School & High School)
For more details on any of these dinners, email email@example.com or pick up a flier at The Gate!
If you have a child in the youth group, we encourage you to join us for parent prayer one Wednesday a month during Youth Group, 6:30 – 8:00 PM. It’s so important to us to hear from our parents what they are sensing from God over our group. This is a place to intentionally stop, and pray together over each others kids. Led by Julie Burnette firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wednesday Sept 11th
- Wednesday Oct 2nd
- Wednesday Nov 13th
- Wednesday Dec 11th
Women’s Ministry at The Gate is for women of all ages. Our gatherings are designed for everything from fun and fellowship, to ministering to God and to each other, to creating a welcome place for women who are new to the community.
For The Gate, Women’s Ministry is about building growing relationships among a group of women who want to be committed to one another as they walk through life. We are here to encourage each other to walk in the joy, freedom, and fullness of life that Jesus offers to every person! Join us…
Follow us on facebook Women of The Gate FB Page
In large measure, as it goes with men so it goes with marriages, families, church, neighborhoods, business, and society. The Gate recognizes God’s call upon men to lead with love, service, and self-sacrifice, and so we consider Men’s Ministry an important facet of life together as a church.
Through monthly breakfasts, retreats, service projects, and more, Men’s Ministry at The Gate reflects our desire for men to forge strong relationships with God and each other, to walk in spiritual freedom, and to be change-makers in their spheres of influence. We seek to be bold in the expression of the faith we have in Jesus, to pray with vigor, to see miracles, and for men and their marriages, families, businesses, and communities to come under God’s saving reign, infused with and transformed by His presence.
For more information regarding Men’s Ministry at The Gate, contact email@example.com
At The Gate, we believe that worship is not only a vital part of an individuals relationship with God, but is also an essential part of our corporate sense of community. Worship & Arts Ministry at The Gate provides a modern worship experience that is refreshing, non-manipulative and unforced. Our worship leaders are purposeful about keying into the Holy Spirit to provide an fluid worship experience that is both abandoned yet engaging. With a spontaneous prophetic flavor and an unrivaled depth of presence, our worship teams lead the congregation to a place that is both strengthening and adoring.
Worship Ministry at The Gate goes beyond the mere presence of an Arts Community Gathering and requires a high level of regular and ongoing commitment. Service on one of our Worship Teams is open to any musician or vocalist that has completed Starting Gate and exhibits an appropriate level of skill and proficiency, and is willing to commit to a regular schedule of preparation and weekly rehearsal participation. Small Group worship leaders / teams are also included under this ministry’s umbrella.
For more information on the Worship & Arts Ministry at The Gate, please contact Steve Garrett.
- Worship Community Grill & Chill meets quarterly
- Writer Collective meets monthly
- Worship Team auditions – by appointment only
For more information contact Steve Garrett, Worship Pastor: firstname.lastname@example.org