WE ARE CURRENTLY MEETING OUTDOORS UNDER THE OAKS (WEATHER PERMITTING). DRESS WARM!

WHAT TO EXPECT AT GGC

A BIG WELCOME

We strive to create a warm and welcoming environment for anyone who joins us for service. Regardless of your background or where you currently are in life, you will feel loved at our church. All are welcome!

A RELAXED ATMOSPHERE

We are a family-oriented church that seeks to offer a relaxed but engaging worship environment which includes a band-driven worship team and Gospel-centered preaching.

A FUN AND SAFE KIDS PROGRAM

As you worship with us, you can check your kids into our Kidzone Sunday School program. In Kidzone, they will learn the Bible, participate in fun group activities and meet other kids. All our teachers are trained, well-vetted and background checked. 

KINGDOM BUILDERS CAMPAIGN

We believe God wants us to build a new facility to help us realize a greater Kingdom impact in our community. Our goal is to build a new 7700 sq. ft. worship center that seats close to 400 people. We will also upgrade our existing building to increase ministry capacity. As we have prayed for guidance, God has already provided in significant ways! We currently have raised over half of the needed funds, and trust that God will complete this good work that He has begun!

THE LATEST BUZZ

JOIN US FOR OUR NEW ADVENT SERIES

Join us Sunday mornings for our new advent season series entitled “God With Us”.

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WE’RE HEADING OUTSIDE!

Back by popular demand, we have returned to weekly meetings outdoors with worship under the oaks. This will give us the means to gather together in a larger group setting so that more folks can hear the gospel and worship our Lord.  We ask that you bring a lawn/beach chair for yourself. We’ll also have folding chairs on hand if you forget.  In the event of inclement weather, service will be moved indoors. 

CHRISTMAS EVE UNDER THE OAKS IS BACK

We invite you to join us under the oaks for our outdoor candle light Christmas Eve service!  The service starts at 4PM.  It will be outside weather permitting.  Dress warm in case of cold weather.  Merry Christmas from GGC!

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: THE TREASURE PRINCIPLE

We just wrapped up our church-wide Fall campaign entitled, “Heaven”, as well as part two of the campaign entitled “The Treasure Principle”.  Check out our recordings as Pastor Scott and Pastor Roman lead us through weekly messages.

HELP CONNECT PEOPLE TO GGC!

Our Connections Team is looking for a few good servants to get involved:
• connecting with our guests
• helping them in their worship experience
• connecting them with all that going on here

Our guests are a big priority. Friendly, Jesus-loving servants encouraged to apply. For more info, click here or see our Connections Team Coordinators Chris Miller, Bill Storms, or Bob Warringer.

CALENDAR

<– See what’s cooking. Click on our calendar to find out what we’re up to this week, month, or season. 

WORSHIP ARTS

Engaging worship.
It involves our entire being.
Impassioned worship.
Making a joyful noise to our awesome God.
Inspiring worship.
Our God is high and lifted up.

WORSHIP

Scripture teaches us that God is to be praised through songs and by using different instruments (Psalm 150). Our worship team leads us in musical worship each Sunday morning, typically in a full-band setting. We sing contemporary worship songs by artists such as Hillsong, Elevation Worship, Chris Tomlin, Phil Wickham and more. We also love to incorporate revamped, classic hymns in our worship sets. We believe in the power of corporate worship and we strive to worship God in spirit and in truth. 

KIDZONE

Kidzone
Seriously happy kids.

A FUN AND SAFE KIDS PROGRAM

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.

NURSERY

Newborn – 2 years old

TWOS – THREES

2 – 3 years old

ELEMENTARY 1

Ages 4 – 1st Grade

ELEMENTARY 2

2nd – 4th Grade

THE BRIDGE

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 us for more information.

TRIBE

Tribe.
Pursuing Christ together.

TRIBE – HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

TRIBE is our gathering of both high school and middle school students every Wednesday night from 6:30-8:30 pm on our GGC campus. We grow deeper in our walk with Jesus and with each other. We 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.

LIFE GROUPS

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dinner life group
bible study
grilling
coffee life group
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LIFE GROUPS

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. Check out our list of life groups to learn more about their current study and format and see which one fits you and your schedule best.

MISSIONS

Missions
Ordinary people. Extraordinary purposes.
Missions
Proclaiming good news to the least of these.

HANDS AND FEET OF JESUS

GGC is a missions-driven church.  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.

NICARAGUA

For many years we have been committed to sharing the love of Christ in Managua, Nicaragua. Specifically, we serve a small but growing church Roca Eterna (Eternal Rock) 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…

PUERTO RICO

2017’s Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico. And they are still struggling to recover from the distruction. Our teams have been working with a local pastor and his church in the city of Ponce helping with reconstruction efforts.

EVERGLADES CITY, FL

Closer to home, neighboring Everglades City, Florida was “ground zero” to 2017’s Hurricane Irma. We were able to send teams to serve in the rebuilding of this small community that was in such great need. 

HURRICANE RELIEF

PROCLAIMING GOOD NEWS

LOCAL AND BEYOND

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HOPE4COMMUNITIES

“Day4Hope”

Through the annual city-wide Day4Hope event, Hope4Communities is serving homeless children & those in need through the love of a caring community.

SARASOTA MEDICAL PREGNANCY CENTER

Provides free, confidencial counseling for those who are pregnant and are looking for options and alternatives to abortion.

CARPENTERS FOR CHRIST

An amazing ministry that serves the Lord by providing volunteer labor constructing church buildings.

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KIDSHOPE USA

Church-school partnerships that pair GGC members with at-risk kids in supportive, mentoring relationships. You can also contact GGC’s Kids Hope USA Coordinator Crystal Sherk directly.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Scott Rich, lead pastor, gulf gate church, sarasota Florida, teacher, preacher, pastor

                       SCOTT RICH

                               Lead Pastor

roman Gritsak, student pastor, youth pastor, gulf gate church, sarasota Florida

                      ROMAN GRITSAK

                             Student/Young Adults Pastor

           NANCY MILLER

               Interim Children’s Director

           DENISE MCCARTHY

               Administrative Assistant

WE'D LOVE TO CONNECT

CONTACT US

 

WHEN AND WHERE

SUNDAY WORSHIP 9:15 AM

Gulf Gate Church

6501 S. Lockwood Ridge Road Sarasota FL 34231

(just a couple blocks south of Clark Rd. across from Gulf Gate Elementary School)

Church office hours M-Th 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

welcome@gulfgatechurch.com

941-924-3315