Hipsters, oldsters, newbies and preppies. Singles, marrieds, divorced and single parents. Passion for God. Compassion for people. One amazing group of believers on one amazing faith journey.
A relaxed but engaging worship environment. Smaller than a mega-church. Bigger than a Mini Cooper. Very casual attire. Audacious, band-driven worship. Passionate Bible-based teaching. Starbuck’s coffee. Life-long believers and brand-new seekers.
Excited about Jesus. Growing in their faith. Can’t wait to come back next week. Loads of faith-inspiring activities. Well-vetted, trustworthy teachers. Nursery aides who love little ones with the love of Jesus.
We love to use our God-given creative abilities to respond in worship to our heavenly Creator. The arts are such a powerful tool in communicating our worship of God. We are hungry for the things of the Spirit of God. We believe worship is a “contact sport” versus just rooting from the sidelines. We all get involved. In other words, we’d rather be “in there,” engaged in passionate, artistic worship of Jesus than be “out of it,” passive, unengaged.
Modern rock, indie pop, acoustic Americana.
Guitar, bass, drums, mandolin, keyboards, fiddle, cajon, cello, bells, backing vocals.
Original compositions plus popular songs from the likes of All Sons and Daughters, David Crowder, Brooke Fraser, Hillsong United, Jesus Culture, Chris Tomlin, Bethel Church, Kathyrn Scott, Matt Redman, Gateway Church, Paul Baloche and many others.
Connecting. Growing. Belonging. These traits help describe our tribe of young adults led by Student Ministries Director John Bothe. We are college age students and career-minded individuals ages 18-30 “ish.” Every Sunday night we get together hitting a different Sarasota venue. This is an awesome time to get to know one another better around food, games and various social activities. Text John at 817-680-4326 for details on where we’ll be stopping this week!
We work hard to make their worship experience a fun one. Your child will learn about Jesus’ amazing grace for them through Bible stories, crafts, and games taught by well-vetted, qualified teachers.
KidZone check-in is from 9:00-9:15am
All children must be checked in by an adult. When you arrive at our Sunday morning service you will be asked to sign your child in. Your child will have a wristband with his or her name on it and you will be given the corresponding number for pickup after class.
Newborn to 2 years
2 – 3 years
Age 4 – 1st grade
2nd – 4th grade
5th – 8th grade
We have awesome teachers! Each one of our KidZone teachers undergoes a screening process which includes completing an in-depth application and a criminal background check. We also require specific training for each teacher.
Nursery and 2-3s start at 9:15 when service begins. Elementary Levels 1 and 2 attend worship with their parents and are dismissed to class before the message.
If you’ve got a specific question concerning our program, you can always email our Children’s Ministry Director Jenn Schubert directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:30 pm our high school and middle school students gather together on the GGC campus to grow deeper in their walk with Jesus and with each other. A chance to relax, chat, hang out over snacks and enjoy group activities. Then shifting gears, we spend time in powerful and passionate worship, great teaching followed by a time of small group discussion and prayer.
They truly are the heart and soul of our effort to become disciples of Christ. Life groups are where the rubber meets the road in our spiritual lives and in our day-to-day living. Contact one of our life group leaders to learn more about their current study and format to see which one fits you and your schedule best.
& potluck dinner
Barry Johnson’s Fri 7pm
“A Heart Like His”
Charlene Meyer Mon pm
Jim Cymbala Study
“When God’s Spirit Moves”
led by Bill & Claudia Storms
Tues 6:45 pm-8 pm
Mothers of Preschoolers
led by Chris Snyder
1st/3rd Mon 6:30-8:30pm
Couples/Singles Bible Study
Book of 1 Peter
Fred and Pat Beals
2nd/4th Tues 7pm
Women’s Bible Study
Kay Arthur’s “Lord I Want To Know You”
Led by Jeanne McCoy
John and Jenn Schubert’s
Men’s Study Group
“Man in the Mirror”
Tom Lutz and Andy Parry
GGC is a missions-driven church. For many years we have been committed to sharing the love of Christ in Managua, Nicaragua. So much so that we have adopted a small but growing church called Roca Eterna in Managua’s outlying borough, Motastepe.
We are equally committed to a ministry in Managua called Villa Esperanza (Village of Hope) whose goal is to rescue young children from Nicaragua’s sex trade and provide them with a chance for a new beginning and a new life in Jesus. Check out more of what’s happening at the Villa…
Gulf Gate Church is full of ordinary people who come together for extraordinary purposes to be the hands and feet of Jesus here in Sarasota and beyond. We believe that every Jesus follower plays an intricate part in His plan. Pray about joining us on our mission.
Please use the form below to contact us for any reason. We’ll be sure to direct it to the right person.
Sunday worship includes our programs KIDZONE (children thru 4th grade), THE BRIDGE (5th-8th grades) & a nursery.
Both Kidzone and The Bridge are dismissed halfway through our worship service to attend their classes.
A cozy family lounge is provided in the back of our auditorium for nursing moms or fussy babies.