We hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year break and as 2016 is here we want to inform you of some of the great things happening in the year ahead at Gate Church International.
We start the year with our 21 day fast, seeking God for breakthrough and His transforming power with the opportunity to pray each Friday from 7-9pm. We also are continuing our Acts of Kindness with the theme for January being Homelessness.
Deeper in the Word (Revelation part 2) is resuming on the 25th January and February sees the launch of Alpha once again (18th February) - there are the opportunities to build the church through relationship and connection and build ourselves by studying the Word.
We will be launching an new offerings initiative, in addition to our normal Sunday offering, £40 for 40 and this will give us a chance to build church further in the years ahead.
Of course 2016 sees our 40th anniversary celebrations continue and a fantastic celebration weekend is planned for 30th April - 1st May when we will have a Conference (30/4/16 - 1/5/16 at GCI) and then a church party on the evening of 1st May at the Apex Hotel. Tickets will be available for this soon.
We continue throughout the year to meet in small groups and we encourage you to get connected with one of these groups if you haven't already done so. They are a great way to grow with and encourage each other as a church family.
Many of the ministry teams are also looking for new volunteers so if you are interested in serving on any of the teams contact the office (firstname.lastname@example.org) and they will introduce you to the team leader.
So 2016 is going to be a year of opportunity, excitement and celebration.
We are excited to see all that God is doing and continues to do with you in this church. For every season of forty in the Bible it always ends with promises being fulfilled, this fills us with much anticipation for 2016. So let’s do this!
Pastors Gordon and Fiona Stewart