Worship in the Advent Season
December 9 - Choral Cantata
December 16 - The Scripture as Theatre group will present the story through dramatic readings
and original music
December 23 - Alexi Pyles will return to create an original work of art during the worship
December 24 - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 9:00 p.m.
Cinema Showcase - Wednesday, December 19th
The next gathering of Cinema Showcase will be on Wednesday evening, December 19th, with a showing of "Silver Bells." The screenplay for this wonderful movie was written by our Artist-in-Residence, Jim McGrath. We will begin the viewing of the movie at 6:00 p.m., and follow it with interesting facts and a fun time of discussion. Come enjoy the popcorn and this great movie.
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. (on hiatus on December 1 and 8), 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.
Art within the Church
One of the highlights of our 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.
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.