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As God loves us,

we are called to

love others.

One of the ways in which we do this, is through our Gatehouse initiative, as we aim to be the first responders to the social, physical and emotional needs in our town. Our aim is to prevent and alleviate isolation and marginalisation in the BCP area and beyond.

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Starting from Thurs 30th September there will be an opportunity for members of the Gatherers community to come and be together at our Alder Road building, from 10am to midday. This will be a fortnightly event and is an opportunity to bring your own games and food (especially cake!)

At the same time as this is happening, we will also be running the popular Truth Be Told with parents and toddlers. This will be a great intergenerational event that will allow all to benefit from some time with others. If you'd like to sign up for the Truth Be Told session or you'd like to get involved in helping, please see the link below. 

 

On attending TBT the expectation is that a small donation be made from each family, of £2 per session.

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TRUTH BE TOLD

Truth Be Told (TBT) is a project that brings joy and life into residential care homes for the benefit of 0-4s, their parents and residents. This set of storytelling sessions for intergenerational groups puts a short tale of hope at the centre of some songs, a treasure trove of props and a multitude of imaginative interactions then a reminder that 'I am loved' or 'I am special' or 'I am safe' relating to the theme of the story. With a cup of tea and treats afterwards, there is time to chat, play, build relationships and community together. TBT has had remarkable success at engaging and benefiting people of all ages. It is launching new local groups and encouraging other churches across the country to do the same. If you are interested in starting or joining a group, please contact Gemma on gemmagillard@hotmail.com

OASIS

Oasis is a group of men and women from Gateway who serve victims of domestic violence. It is a chilling fact that 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence, yet for many, this remains a silent, painful epidemic with little hope of respite. That's why Oasis exists to bring some level of healing and hope to men, women and children who have survived this trauma. Whether holding pamper days, providing clothes or furniture, or just ensuring that children receive a gift for Christmas, our mission is to show kindness and mercy to those who haven't known it. The Oasis team serve both within the domestic violence refuge as well as befriending people longer term who have moved out of the refuge. There are a number of practical ways that you can serve Oasis.

 

If you are interested in serving this ministry, please contact Hayley at:

 hayley.stephens@gatewaychurch.me

 

 

If you, or someone you know is affected by DVA, here are some helpful resources:

 

- 01202 710777: Bournemouth & Poole DVA helpline, for immediate local help.

- https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/: Woman’s Aid, who are part of a national multi-agency support and refuge network for victims of DVA

- Download: The Bright Sky App on your smartphone or tablet. A useful app for diagnosing and/or locating immediate help.

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LITTLE GATORS TODDLER GROUP

Little Gators is a fun, interactive group for 0-4's and their grown ups. There are areas for exploring, toys and role play and includes an interactive story and song time. Little Gators is completely free of charge to attend and we also offer free hot drinks and snacks for the grown ups.

PLEASE NOTE: Little Gators is not currently running.

LIFETIME

For adults with learning difficulties and their carers at 129 Alder Road (BH12 4AA). Occasional gatherings that include fun and fellowship, with helpful and relevant teaching from the bible.

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GATEWAY GATHERERS

A midweek time of friendship support and conversation for retirement-aged people (although anyone is welcome). We meet together for coffee and fellowship every second Thursday morning at our Alder Road building at 10am.

FAITHWORKS

Faithworks is a local Christian charity serving BCP by addressing some of the most pressing poverty issues in our conurbation head-on. They help churches and individuals to support people to find freedom from debt, addiction, homelessness, food poverty and loneliness through a range of initiatives and programs.

 

Faithworks also runs the Bournemouth and Poole foodbanks, which we are pleased to support. Faithworks is run by a team of directors, one of whom is part of Gateway. There are a number of opportunities to serve our conurbation through Faithworks, ranging from serving in a food bank, to supporting rough sleepers, to befriending and helping lone parent families..

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SENIORS TEA

A group for those in their senior years to meet on the first & third Wednesdays of the month for afternoon tea. Please note: This is currently not running.

If you are interested in getting involved with any of these projects, or have further ideas of how we can engage our community through acts of compassion, please contact Richard Stamp at richard.stamp@gatewaychurch.me

Life Lounge was a series of short, free interactive Zoom sessions aimed at building skills and techniques that improve personal resilience. In an ever changing world, having the ability to adapt and acclimatise could be the difference between 'surviving', and 'thriving'. We want you to thrive!

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2020 LIFE LOUNGE SESSIONS