Each Sunday - An opportunity to delve into themes of Advent in a discussion format at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, December 15th - The Chancel Choir will present its Christmas cantata as the centerpiece of worship
- Our annual baked goods and gift items auction will take place after worship
Sunday, December 22nd - Following worship, and a brief time of sharing in food, our Scripture as Theatre
workshop will present original dramatic works and accompanying music
Tuesday, December 24th - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 9:00 p.m.
Gateway Christian Church is a part of the movement called the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). On a national level we proclaim that we are "A Movement for Wholeness in a Fragmented World." In West Los Angeles, where our church family gathers for celebration, study and growing with one another, we strive to live out being a faithful part of that movement for wholeness.
Our tradition is founded upon the belief that we are all God's children. We live in that tradition as we openly welcome everyone. We celebrate communion weekly, and all are welcome to Jesus' table. Indeed, it is Christ who extends the invitation to the table, who meets us in that time, who offers his gifts of bread and cup to everyone. Join us in celebrating shared life in God, and join us at the table that is set for us.
Scripture as Theatre Workshop
The church continues to host the weekly Saturday morning workshops devoted to the exploration and development of original theatre works based on or reflective of Holy Scripture. Meeting on Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., these workshops are led by Gateway’s Associate Pastor and Artist-in-Residence Jim McGrath, a past winner of L.A. Theatre’s Ovation Award for playwriting, whose plays have been produced at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, The Director’s Company in New York, the Passage Theatre in Trenton, and the Met Theatre in Los Angeles.
The workshops are open to anyone who may be interested in participating in the creation of original theatre works from scripture. There is an exploration of all possible aspects of the theatre arts, including drama, music, dance, stage design, and the visual arts.
Our Pastor has Published a Book
This is what he has to say about it:
"I have been a part of small churches for most of my life. There is a richness of experience, and always ongoing challenges, in being a small church family. Unfortunately, many small churches eventually close, most of them certainly due to circumstances unique to each situation, but also often due to the common dilemma of wanting to grow yet being challenged in making changes to help that to happen.
"As we have experimented with different approaches to worship at Gateway Christian Church, we have used the Fifth Sundays in a year to experience worship in different ways. While our worship attendance still fluctuates with the expected ebbs and flows as with most congregations, these unique worship experiences have helped to foster vitality in both our worship gatherings throughout the year and in other areas of church life. We have found that most people do not want to miss these unique Sundays.
"I have published a small book entitled, Transforming the Small Church: Fifth Sundays and Beyond. It suggests a process for transforming worship, since that is the largest common experience in small churches. It also offers ten Fifth Sunday Worship Gathering suggestions as a way of prompting the reader’s own creativity. My hope is that some of the resources will be useful just as they are, and that others will be a starting point for other churches to create their own unique experiences. It is available through Amazon.com."
Art within the Church
One of the highlights of our 2018 Advent season was the creation of a work of art during one of our worship celebrations. Alexi Pyles, a member of our church, painted while the activities of worship went on around her. People were invited to get up and go and watch her progress during the singing of the carols. The finished creation is presented here.