Gate Church Family
At the beginning of the year, God spoke to us about new wineskins and being UNCOMMON. We never expected our lives to be interrupted as they are today, but we believe God is re-forming His church to serve the body of Christ and the world in new ways. This is an opportune time for the church to unite, care for one another and build families of faith. This is a time for more church, not less!
During these unprecedented times, The Gate Church is providing alternative ways for the church to come to you. We invite you to join us online, connect on Wednesday, and partner with us in generosity to better serve our community.
WAYS TO STAY CONNECTED
1. Online Prayer. Join our pastors on Facebook Live on Tuesday and Thursday.
2. Sunday Services. Our Sunday service will stream online at 10 AM on our website, Facebook and YouTube. We encourage you to watch with your family or close friends and connect with others in the online community.
3. The Gate Unhindered. We encourage everyone to register for The Gate Unhindered on Wednesday night. Led by a Gate Church leader, each night will feature a teaching video from Bishop Miller or a member of the leadership team, a time of dialogue, and prayer for one another. We encourage everyone to sign up for a virtual group where you can increase connectedness, develop relationships and grow in your walk with Christ!
4. Gate Kids. Over the next several weeks, GateKids will provide online resources and teaching for children. Beginning this Sunday, you can watch videos and download activities from Pastors Zack and Scott on YouTube.
5. Gate Student Ministries is going online! Watch our Instagram and Facebook pages for more information about services and Zoom groups!
WE CARE. If you or someone you know needs assistance during this time, please contact our office. Our team is working to find ways to provide food and assistance for those in need, the elderly, and immunocompromised.
If you woud like to volunteer to assist with this ministry please contact us below.
PARTNER WITH US. UnCommon times call for unCommon people to do unCommon things. God is re-forming the body of Christ to serve our community in new ways.
Our team is working diligently to provide creative ways to minister to you and our community during this critical time. Ministry continues to happen on a daily basis and we invite you to partner with us through unCommon generosity! Your recurring gifts are vital to the work of the ministry.
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UPDATE | March 17, 2020
As things continue to change in our nation and world, we know that God is in control and He cares for each of us. We believe that these are unCommon days, which call for an unCommon people to share Christ’s unCommon love. During this time, we encourage you to find ways to help a neighbor or someone in need, or share encouragement to someone who may be discouraged.
If you or someone you know is in need of assistance or pastoral care, please contact our office at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join us in prayer for government officials, healthcare workers, and those who have been affected by the Coronavirus. The Gate Church leadership team continues to monitor the situation and the guidelines provided by the local and state agencies as well as the CDC. We will provide regular updates on social media and this page.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear…” (1 John 4:18).
UPDATE | March 13, 2020
As the spread of Coronavirus continues to be a growing concern across our nation, The Gate Church is taking additional precautions to provide a clean environment for our guests. We ask you to join us in prayer for our world, government officials, and those who are affected by this virus. Psalm 91 declares that God is our refuge and fortress, and we put our trust in Him.
We will hold services as usual on Sunday. In consideration of our guests, our host's team will be as friendly as ever but will greet you with a fist bump or elbow bump, wave, and a great big smile rather than a hug or handshake.
UPDATE | March 12, 2020
With the heightened awareness and public concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to assure you that The Gate Church continues to carefully monitor this situation. We are taking a proactive approach to ensure our environments are clean and safe. The health and well-being of our community remain a top priority.
As of today, we are adding additional measures to our weekly strategy in light of potential germ and virus contact throughout our facilities. We also want to communicate several health and safety protocols that have been a part of our team's regular strategy for quite some time.
- All seatbacks in the Worship Center are being disinfected after every service.
- Our weekly cleaning procedure includes that each table, seatback and all countertops are wiped down with Clorox wipes, carpets are vacuumed and garbage is emptied.
- Our GateKid's classrooms and toys are always disinfected after each service by our staff and volunteers.
- All cubbies, toys, and toy containers are sprayed with Lysol disinfecting spray as teachers exit the classroom.
- In addition, when children use the restroom, they are supervised for washing their hands with soap and water. Before snack, they use antibacterial soap or wash their hands in the restroom.
At this time, we are following the guidelines of the CDC and the overall risk to the general public remains low.
March 7, 2020
Gate Church Family,
As you are aware the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has reached the United States and the state of Oklahoma. I ask you to join me in prayer for those who have been affected by this virus, as well as their families and caregivers.
At The Gate Church, we understand our responsibility to care for our congregation in all respects, including their health and well-being. In accordance with the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), we have taken the following measures to provide a clean environment for our guests:
- Our facilities are cleaned and disinfected regularly including door handles, common surfaces, food service, and children’s areas.
- In addition to hand soap available in the bathrooms, we have alcohol-based hand sanitizers available for use throughout the building.
- Cleaning wipes are available so that commonly used surfaces can be wiped down before each use.
- We plan to continue to monitor suggestions for public meeting places such as churches provided by the Center for Disease Control.
We also ask the members of our congregation to take necessary precautions to keep yourself and others healthy. Please be mindful of these suggestions from the Center for Disease Control:
- Stay home if you are not feeling well.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Our response as a community of faith is that our God is “our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble (Psalms 46).” By faith, we speak over our church, our city, nation, and the world that God will place a guard around us (Psalms 91).
Therefore, let us not fear, but walk in confidence that we serve an UnCommon God! May we take this opportunity to be an UnCommon people, serving as the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and love for others!
-Bishop and Pastor Kathy