Ga†eway’s Sunday meetings at Mottram Hall and New Lodge are central gathering points, seeking to welcome new people. Mottram Hall is a unique setting, on the edge of the town centre, but also on the edge of a local community. We are not far from the famous Oakwell Stadium of Barnsley Football Club, where we first launched Gateway on Easter Sunday 2011. Over many years, heroes have been cheered from the stands and wonder goals scored on the pitch. At Ga†eway we take a look at a unique CHAMPION, and encourage Barnsley people to consider their GOAL. Our 2nd congregation that meets at the Outreach Centre, is a 5 minute drive from town in a well-known area called New Lodge and Athersley (near the location where the famous 'Kes' was filmed).
The Ga†eway meetings are straight-forward in style seeking to make clear the ‘Good News’ of Jesus. It’s sometimes chaotic and never perfect, but Ga†eway, across the two venues, is a growing crowd of Barnsley people.
We usually get under way about 4.00pm every Sunday afternoon with a cuppa available at the start. So feel free to come a little earlier as the meeting begins at 4pm.
After the welcome, with the children joining in, we have a short time of singing and praying to God, seated or standing around tables. You don’t have to join in if you are not used to this - you may just listen.
After the first 10 or 15 minutes, the children go downstairs for their own groups called ‘Shine’.
Sometimes, we have ‘One-to-One’, which is an informal 'interview' with a Christian who shares their ‘story’. What follows next is a talk, based on a passage from the Bible, seeking to explain the meaning and relevance of it. Usually the Bible passage is on the screen if you wish to follow. Of course, you are welcome to bring your own Bible (if you have one). Some even bring it on their mobile devices. We use the NIV Bible version.
After a quick break and stretching of legs, we conclude the meeting with a brief discussion based on the talk and ‘Any Questions’, followed by a prayer and a song.
But Ga†eway does not finish then! At about 5pm we have a simple buffet meal, and a chat, and people can go home when they are ready. So that’s the game-plan, but anything can happen!