Plan A Visit

Service times, directions, and what to expect upon your first visit to The Gate

Getting to know each other

We know meeting someone for the first time can be intimidating, and going to a new church for the first time can be nerve-racking. We want to help make your first experience at The Gate a great one!

SERVICE TIMES

The Gate meets every weekend online and in person in Hubs and Campuses across the Chicagoland region and beyond.

Streaming Live @ 9 + 11am

FIND A HUB NEAR YOU

The Gate has multiple locations across Northwest, Indiana. Find each location address by clicking here.

What can I expect?

Frequently asked questions about anyones first visit

What should I wear? 

You’ll see all styles of dress. A few may wear a suit and tie or dresses for the women. Some will wear jeans and t-shirts. We may even see shorts if the weather is warm enough. To answer your question, choose an outfit you already own, one you feel comfortable in, and join us. There’s no judgement here.


What will we do? 

We begin each service with virtual lobby if you’re joining us online or a time of fellowship and some hubs serve food. , We like to do life together and community is a priority here but there’s no pressure. You can be as connected as you’re comfortable with.


We open our services with praise and worship. Jesus is the Builder of His Church and first and foremost our desire is to see Him build what’s attractive to His heart. It is our heart to host His Presence well and to give Him the worship He is worthy of.


We will hear a powerful hope-filled biblically aligned gospel message. And at the end of the service we go around in our Hubs and talk about it. No pressure to share but this part of the service seems to be what most people love about this model of gathering. Really going deep in discipleship and activated to walk out what we’ve learned.


And, yes, in case you’re wondering, we will receive an offering as part of our worship to the Lord. Our offerings support the full range of ministries we offer in the church, community, and around the world. You are welcome to participate during this time but as a guest there is no pressure at all to give.


Will you embarrass me? 

We certainly hope not. It will be a primary goal not to do that. We don’t personally like to be embarrassed and wouldn’t treat you any less — so our goal is to create an environment that is comfortable for all. You WILL NOT be singled out as a guest. We don’t make guests stand, raise their hand, or even fill out a card if you choose not to do so. One of our core values here is to be a GUARD for people. A safe place where others can encounter Jesus free from gossip or judgement. So we place a high value on honoring one another. This is a safe place for your family to grow.


How long will the service last? 

About 60 minutes – give or take a bit. I’d love to say exactly 60 minutes, but sometimes the service ends up being shorter and rarely longer. At the most, you’ll be with us for an hour. (Walking to and from the car time and all.)


What time should I arrive? 

That’s a great question. We leave that up to your Hub Leaders as every Hub is different but most arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to make time for food and fellowship and getting the kiddos settled.


Do you have something for children? 

Absolutely. Birth through 5th grade have their own activities designed especially for them. They will enjoy a worship experience that will engage them at their level. Of course, we don’t keep you from bringing children with you in the worship service if that is more comfortable on a first visit, but our experience is that they truly do enjoy the service designed for them. Either way, we love when entire families join us. Our Kids Church Experience is ON DEMAND so you can watch it 24/7 on our app and website.


If I Visit Am I Signed Up For Life? 

There’s no obligation beyond your first visit. It’s a “free look” with no strings attached. Promise. We do love to stay connected with our guests so even if it’s not the right fit our door is revolving and you’re always welcome back. We love seeing who God brought to us as guests. We love meeting new people. And Hubs is designed so nobody gets lost in a crowd.


But, even if you choose to stay connected, we allow you to tell us how you want to be contacted. Phone, email, social media, or visit — or none — you tell us. We won’t put any unfair pressure on you to ever come again. We hope you will, and we’d love if your visit triggered that desire in you, but that’s your call — not ours. We’re just happy you’re connected somewhere. If it’s here— we want you to know The Gate is GOOD SOIL for your family.


We hope that answers some questions of those who think about visiting theGate. We’s be honored if you were our guest. 

 

The Gate Team


What's the culture like at The Gate?

Sunday's here are exciting, casual, and relaxed. Come as you are and expect to feel welcomed as our guest into any home or Campus you visit.

What about my kids?

We believe there is no Jr. Holy Spirit and that kids should have a blast at church every single week going deep in worship and The Word. At Kids at The Gate, we make this a priority.


The other thing we make a priority is your children’s safety. Because of that, at celebration services (our once a month gathering together of every Hub) we have a detailed check-in process for our Kids program the first time that you visit. Leaders in Hubs pouring into your kids are screened and trained as well. You’ll want to leave yourself an extra ten minutes to get signed in for the Kids at The Gate experience. Kids at The Gate is offered at every church service for kids ages infant through Grade 5.


Our Kids Services are able to be streamed and watched 24/7 through our website and app. We believe in a family approach to ministry and that parents are called to disciple their children and this is a way we partner with you to do just that.

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"Me and my family love this church! It's our church for life!"

Helen Smith