As God loves us,
we are called to
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.
LIFE LOUNGE SESSIONS
Life Lounge was a recent 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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.
- Download: The Bright Sky App on your smartphone or tablet. A useful app for diagnosing and/or locating immediate help.
LITTLE GATORS TODDLER GROUP
On Friday mornings between 10:00 and 11:30 am we run 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.
For adults with learning difficulties and their carers at 129 Alder Road (BH12 4AA). A great time of fun and fellowship, with helpful and relevant teaching. Find us on the first and third Tuesdays during term time at 7:30 - 9:00pm.
A midweek service of mostly retired age, blending traditional and modern forms of worship. We meet together for great fellowship with a guest speaker each week. There's even an opportunity for lunch afterwards. Gateway Gatherers runs between 10:30 and 12:30 with lunch served immediately afterwards.
MUM'S THE WORD
Wouldn’t it be nice to just take a moment, catch your breath, eat some cake, drink some coffee, chat to some grown ups and let the kids play nicely by themselves? That is what "Mum's the word" is all about. Join our 100% cost free group for busy mums! We’ll create a safe space for the kids to play, where we can keep an eye of them while we sit, chat, eat cake and drink coffee. Come and make some new friends in a group that is fun for the kids, but even more fun for the Mums. Tuesday mornings at
10:00 – 11:30am every week. 502 Ashley Road
A group for those in their senior years to meet on the first & third Wednesdays of the month for afternoon tea. 2pm at 502 Ashley Road.
Michael House in Boscombe is a dry house offering supported accommodation to homeless people. The Michael House model is unique in our conurbation in that it offers supported living, accommodation and help and training, not just to provide temporary relief from rough sleeping, but engages and equips people to find skills to enable them to get back to work, independent living and rebuilding their lives. Michael House is run by a team of directors, two of whom are part of Gateway. There are a number of opportunities to help serve Michael House, ranging from being involved in training life skills to fund raising, to simply having a coffee with a resident.
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 email@example.com