MEANINGFUL GROUP OF JESUS FOLLOWERS.
The Gate Church Community (TGCC) is a local church for all ages.
They call it caring about community, but actually we think it’s being church as it was intended, with less focus on maintaining religious institutions and more effort on participating in revealing God's ways.
Sound a bit grand? Well, we work it out in big ways (advocating for our neighbourhoods) and small ways (an act of kindness to the old lady down the street), in spoken ways (helping someone understand Jesus’ message of hope) and unspoken ways (helping people in trouble at all hours).
The Gate Church Community is simply a community of Jesus-followers who prefer people to programs. We’re a great bunch, deeply committed to working together in God’s mission in Christ to bring peace and hope and love to the world – including our own world in Brandon as well as the whole world out there.
Being in community together means we look after each other and help our local and international neighbours. We spend time together meeting over meals, celebrating the goodness of God, working to understand the scriptures, and praying together.
MAKING A BETTER WORLD
In ancient cultures, when issues arose within a city, citizens would be called-out of their homes to gather, deliberate, and come up with solutions for the city's welfare. It has been suggested that they assembled at the city gate. From this concept, Jesus built for us an understanding of church in a community (the English word 'church' is from the Greek word ekklesia, which means a 'called out' assembly of people). Jesus himself called-out an assembly of 12 people to follow him in attending to the welfare of the world. As they went along, this 'church' learned to live and give in the community in the very same ways Jesus demonstrated.
In short, the name "Gate" came about because of our desire to be a community of genuine and practical care in the city of Brandon.
Today we suggest that "the gate" can refer to any gathering place of people who respond to an inner call to build up community for the sake of others and who are open to considering the relevance of Christ's teachings along the way. No one is excluded from Christ's invitation to join Him in this so feel free to work with us in building Gate Church Community in Brandon for the benefit of everyone!
GREAT CONNECTIONS AND FAIRLY DECENT SNACKS.
Community Groups are an essential part of our journey and are open to everyone, irrespective of whether or not you attend Sunday morning church service.
At the Gate Church Community we believe it is our friendships, and the sense of belonging people experience in our community, that will influence much of our discipleship journey. We care about groups that include people, are centred around Jesus and where all feel welcome, no matter what our starting points are!