Come join your sisters the first Friday in June us as we discuss together the topic of experiencing freedom from bondage! What are the things that you can not function without? What do you use in excess - that sometimes may enslave you? Join us as we dive in to God's word together and remind each other that we have been set free in Christ! May we all experience the freedom from bondage that Christ offers. We can't wait to see you all there!
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We believe that sharing a meal with someone is a key way to build friendship. With that in mind, we enjoy periodic simple meals together at the end of our Sunday gatherings. This is a great time to invest in each other and celebrate old and new friendships.
Join us after the service, upstairs in the cafeteria, for good food & fellowship!
If you'd like to bring food, please sign up here.
The transition from adolescence to adulthood is full of dramatic change. But Gateway recognizes that what matters most, ultimately, is how Christ works in each student during this key life season.
This year our 5th and 6th graders have journeyed through Foundations - a class designed to cover the basics of the Christian faith and to help them transition gracefully and peacefully into middle school.
Historically the church has encouraged children, when they are ready and have been prepared, to make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and to receive a blessing by the laying on of hands by the elders.
On Sunday, May 27 we will be recognizing our Foundations students in front of the congregation. Our goal for this morning is to help students know that they have sisters and brothers in Christ who love and support them, that they are a vital part of the Body of Christ, and that they are capable of embracing their calling not someday, but now.
We were created to create. Made to make. Whatever it is you make, write, craft, draw, photograph, play, or design this night is for you. Bring a project and let's create together!
We won't have a communal project this time so make sure to bring something of your own to work on or share. We want this to be an open environment for all sorts of creation so whether is art, music, writing, crafting, technology, photography, or anything else, we invite you to come & share your passion with us!
Please contact Kate Mabee with any questions or if you need directions.
Baby Dedication is a practice in which parents commit themselves to raising their children in the grace and knowledge of the Lord. Dedicating your child to God is a public sign that you are seeking to bring your children up in the ways of Christ, and as a community we stand with you in that passion.
This service typically includes a Scripture reading, prayer, and a series of vows spoken by parents and the church. We pray for the parents as they strive to teach their child and for our community as we learn to model Christ to our children.
If you are interested in having your child dedicated please contact Kate: email@example.com
This year for our Men's Retreat we will be meeting at Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston.
We will gather Friday evening and Saturday morning to hear from our guest speaker, Dr. Ed Ashby. Cost of registration is $50 which will include dinner on Friday and Breakfast on Saturday.
Friday: Arrive at 6:30pm, dinner at 6:45pm, program 8:15pm-10:00pm.
Saturday: Arrive at 7:30am, breakfast at 7:45am, program 9:00am-12:00pm.
5291 Stoney Creek Ct, Johnston
More about Dr. Ed Ashby:
Dr. Ed Ashby is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and owner of Family Legacy Counseling. In addition to serving as an individual, marriage and family counselor for the past 25 years, Dr. Ashby has been an ordained minister for over 35 years, pastoring churches in California, Ohio, and Iowa. Ed earned his Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary in California, his Masters in Counseling Psychology from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio, and a Masters in Contemporary Ministry from Azusa Pacific University in California.
Dr. Ashby addresses a wide variety of issues in counseling such as depression, anxiety, anger management, and relational conflict. Marital counseling is a major focus of Ed’s work, and along with this emphasis come the individual issues and unresolved hurts that create relational discord. In addition, a significant portion of Ed’s work is helping clients whose self-esteem has been damaged by abuse (physical emotional or sexual) and the resulting difficulties that emerge in their adult lives. Other areas of counseling focus include
- Addictive behaviors
- Emotional dysregulation and anger
- Abuse recovery
- Post traumatic stress disorder
- Communication skills
- Leadership development
- Spiritual formation
- Personal Growth for Christian Leaders
In addition to counseling, Ed works with a wide range of issues within the church, as well as the specific stresses relating to ministerial families. For the past several years, Ed has been engaged in the study of spiritual transformation, the process of spiritual direction and discipleship. This has developed into an additional role as Teaching Pastor within his local church. Ed’s work as a pastor, and his experience in serving on local and regional boards, enable him to speak and coach with empathy, insight, and passion.
The Sisterhood Retreat
We will come together April 6 & 7 to worship, fellowship and learn from this year's IF:Gathering. We will eat together Friday night and enjoy a light breakfast and lunch on Saturday! (There will be a small cost to cover food expenses - price TBD).
Here is the description of what to expect from this year's IF:Gathering:
"At IF:Gathering 2018, we will look at one of Paul’s letters to Timothy as he reminded him of the power and responsibility of sharing the gospel. We want to give God away in the very places He’s put us, so we’re going to gather for the purpose of remembering why following God and making disciples matters. We all get tired, we all wonder if what we’re doing matters, so IF:Gathering 2018 will be the reminder--it will be the celebration. The work we’re doing to share the gospel on the earth is worth it and God DOES move through the little things that nobody sees."
Easter is the joyous celebration at the very heart of the Christian faith.
On the cross Jesus Christ defeated humanity's greatest foes - sin, darkness, evil, and even death itself. And his resurrection announces that God has not given up on the world. That God is redeeming and restoring and renewing all creation. There is new life, new hope, a whole new world bursting forth right here in the midst of this one.
Jesus invites us to trust his resurrection is a sign. A glimpse of a new reality, a snapshot of how things will ultimately be.
Easter changed everything and now anything is possible. Join us!
Downtown Des Moines’ Favorite Egg Hunt!
Bring your Easter basket, your family and all your friends to Western Gateway Park, downtown Des Moines on Saturday, March 31 for the 8th annual Eggs, Eggs Everywhere!
This is a one-of-a-kind urban family experience with more than 17,000 candy- and prize-filled eggs, music, games and laughter. The event is brought to you by The Gateway Church and is completely FREE!
After the massive egg hunt, stick around for more family fun at the Kids' Art Station, Giant Inflatables Area and the Face Painting Station. Parents can keep up with the hunting mayhem with FREE coffee all morning long!
Saturday, March 31
9am - 12pm
Western Gateway Park
1000 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309
Throughout the history of the Christian Church, Baptism has been one of the most universally accepted practices. It is a symbol of our being united with Christ in his death and resurrection. This is a sacred and beautiful opportunity to declare, “I believe the best possible way to live is the way of Jesus, and I am committed to following Christ - daily dying to myself and allowing the resurrected Christ to live in and through me.”
If you have committed to following Jesus and have not yet been baptized,
our Easter Service would be a perfect opportunity to do so!
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What does it mean to be "reverent in behavior"? How do we walk that out in our everyday life? Join us for our March Sisterhood gathering as we look at this piece of Titus 2! We'll join together for worship, fellowship and time in His Word!
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Join us on Sunday, February 25th for our annual membership meeting. This will be a time of prayer and celebration as we present the Annual Ministry Report and share some very exciting news about the future! The meeting is open to everyone who attends The Gateway Church.
6:30pm at 8|7 Central (520 E Grand Ave)
Every great story has a basic form, a common structure: a hero who goes on an adventure, faces tremendous crisis, yet overcomes incredible odds and wins a decisive victory. The hero then returns home transformed with the power to give hope and rescue to those left behind.
During lent we focus our hearts on Jesus Christ, the ultimate hero, as he journeys to the cross, overcomes the tomb and leads his people into resurrection life. Lent is a time to reflect on the brokenness of our world and a time to repent for the brokenness in our lives. It is also a time to look ahead to the day when all things will be made new!
Join us Wednesday, February 14 at 7:00pm at Central Campus (1800 Grand Avenue) for the beginning of Lent. We will gather for a brief introduction to the season of Lent as well as the imposition of ashes, holy communion, contemplative prayer and corporate confession. More information coming soon.
Small groups of 5-15 help people grow and develop as followers of Jesus by gathering on a regular basis for prayer, laughter, Bible study, support, and encouragement. The winter session of small groups will kick-off on Sunday, February 4. After the service there will be a reception where you can meet group leaders and sign up.
Join us in January as we begin our dive into Titus 2! We will be digging into the word and looking at what it means to have a "sound doctrine." As always, we will worship together, have tasty snacks and spend time in the Word!
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Christmas Eve Service
Join us this Christmas Eve for a special candlelit service in the Central Campus auditorium. The service will be filled with hymns, carols, and the Christmas story. Featuring special musical performances.
Sunday, December 24 | 10am
Central Campus Auditorium
1800 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA
Covenant Members are invited to stay for a brief meeting after worship on Sunday, December 10. Pastor Paul will be sharing some reflections from his summer sabbatical.
We will also be affirming a new member of our Board of Stewardship, Shannon Crout. Shannon regular serves on our hospitality and worship teams, displaying a gracious spirit and Christ-like love. She is a doctor of osteopathic medicine and an assistant professor at Des Moines University.
The Board of Stewardship (BOS) serve as the official board of directors of the church, oversee all financial matters, and work in cooperation with the Lead Pastor and the Elders for the overall governance of the church.
According to our bylaws (Article Thirteen, Section 2) BOS members shall be recommended by the Board Selection Committee and affirmed by a majority of the Covenant Membership. Shannon has been recommended because of her faithfulness and love for The Gateway Church.
1. Covenant Members who have a concern about the qualifications regarding any of the recommended candidates shall have the opportunity to express in writing their concern to the Selection Team prior to the Annual Covenant Membership Meeting.
2. Board Candidates who have been duly presented, and have no valid objection to their qualifications, shall be affirmed by a majority of the Covenant Members present at a duly called Covenant Membership Meeting.
This Holiday season, The Gateway Church will host our annual Advent Shop to help individuals create gifts that will inspire and make an impact. Gifts will range from locally made, justice oriented, socially conscious and handmade goods.
The shopping event will take place immediately after service on Sunday, December 3rd from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Open and free to everyone!
If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact Kate Mabee.