Here at Gateway, we’d love to be your Church family and home away from home. Whether you are a student or out at work we want to see you rooted in Jesus, rooted in community and rooted in friendship. 

We are passionate about equipping our young people to live a life of adventure with God! We want to see you rooted in Jesus, rooted in community and rooted in friendship. If you are coming to work in Bournemouth and Poole or study at Bournemouth University or Bournemouth Arts University, don't miss out on church life.

navigating this next season 

This Coronavirus season has been disorientating and disruptive on many levels, and so it's vital in times like like these that we stay close to God and invest into a community. If this season has taught us one thing, it's that church is not a building and it's not somewhere that we go. Church is a community of people, we live church.

Starting a new job or returning to university in Bournemouth offers up much uncertainty in the current climate, but at Gateway, we are here for you. We are fully aware that things look somewhat different at the moment, but there is still so much to enjoy during your stay in Bournemouth or Poole.

Get in touch with us with the form provided or email us:


If you're an international student, we'd love to help you acclimatise and settle quickly into your new home. On your arrival we are happy to collect and deliver your food shop to you, depending on whether you are in quarantine. We can bring you supplies and help you with practical needs, if nothing else we can check in with you and connect you with others in our church. We're committed to help in any way we can. Just get in touch with us and introduce yourself:


From September, we launch into all of our social events which are great ways of meeting others and getting a flavour of what we are all about. Our gatherings are centred around fun, food and friendship! We'd love to have you join us.


Beach Volleyball

Join us down at Canford Cliffs on the 16th & 23rd Sept as we play some volleyball on the courts there. 7-8pm.

16 & 23 Sept | 7-8pm

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Sunday lunches

Each Sunday after our morning services, we send our students off to different families at Gateway for some lunch! This a great way to get to know others in the church and get fed in the process!


Life Group 

Our S20s life group will be starting in late September and runs through the autumn term. This is for students and 20s to form friendships, learn more about Jesus and do life together.

Sunset on the Beach

Beach BBQ & Swim

We plan to make the most of the warmer weather with some BBQ and beach antics over the coming weeks.

27 Sept | 6pm at Alum Chine


Aside from our Sunday morning meeting, we run regular social gatherings, centred around fun, food and friendship!


We are a diverse group from all corners of the globe who love to hang out, eat good good and encourage one another in our walks with God. 


Whether you are a fresher starting uni or a fully fledged working professional, there is plenty of room and many others here who are in the same boat as you! 

Gateway Students & 20s
Gateway Students & 20s

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Gateway Students & 20s
Gateway Students & 20s

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Gateway Students & 20s Lunches
Gateway Students & 20s Lunches

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Gateway Students & 20s
Gateway Students & 20s

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Hear the stories from some of our past and present students summing up their time with Gateway Church.

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Eric | Tourism Management

As a student living so far away from home, I am very grateful to find Gateway Church. It's a great community, especially for international students to be firm in your faith and find people who are always ready to receive and pray for you.


Sophie | Tourism Management

Gateway instantly welcomed me with open arms and I quickly threw myself in to getting to know people at student lunches and quiz nights, as well as through serving on the youth and worship teams. Upon finishing uni I decided to make Bournemouth and Poole my home because of the family I had become a part of at church.


Tom | TV Production

Coming to Bournemouth 8 years ago to start university, I couldn’t have expected to find such a loving church family as the one I have at Gateway. Moving away from home was the biggest change in my life up to that point, so it was incredibly reassuring to join a church that felt like a close family. I got baptised at Gateway within the first 6 months of being at uni, and I haven’t looked back since!