You Are Welcome Here
At Gateway Trinity Lutheran Church (GTLC), we strive to be a welcoming community where everyone can pursue a relationship with Christ. We welcome both members and guests to fully particiapte in the life of the congregation through worship, learning, fellowship, and service. If you ever have any questions about the church please contact the churhc office or any staff member at 239-561-1188.
What to Expect
Parking and Entrance
Our parking lot is directly off of Girl Scout Drive. During the busy portion of “season” overflow parking is available in the parking field (parking attendants will direct you during busy times). We also have plenty of handicap spaces near the entrance as well as 3 first time visitor spots. As you enter the sanctuary narthex, restroooms are on the left and the nursery is on the right.
Worship takes place in the sanctuary and feel free to sit wherever you’d like. Bulletins containing the order of worship are available from our ushers and the screen in the front of the sanctuary also projects everything you’ll need to follow along. Our worship services include prayers, songs, sermon, and holy communion each week.
Come as You Are
There are no prerequisites for you to attend GTLC. You didn’t have to grow up Lutheran or even grow up going to church. You don’t need to be perfect, becasue none of us are. If you think that you need to get to a certain point in your life to come to church, you don’t. Where ever you are right now, we want to welcom you. We are informal and casual in dress. Whatever you are most comfortable in will be fine, but you won’t find too many jackets or ties.
Communioin is for Everyone
We practice Eucharistic hospitality or “open communion”. This meal is a gift from God for all baptized people. What if you’ve never been baptized but have taken communion in other churches or want to participate? We welcome all people to God’s table, but if you become a part of our church on a regular basis it would be wonderful to have a conversation about being baptized and what it means for you.
Children in Worship
At GTLC we love kids and we welcome all ages to join us in worship. While we encourage parents to bring their young children to worship, a staffed nursery is avaiailable for infants up to 3 years old. Sunday school starts at the beginning of our 9:30 a.m. worship service and they join us in worship during the sharing of the peace. A special Children’s time happens for the kids as they enter worship at that time.
Did We Mention Coffee?
Lutherans love coffee! Our Fellowship time takes place outside in the patio area following the 9:30 a.m. service. In addtion to coffee there are pastries, donuts, and other light refreshments. This is a great time to meet other members of the church and you can visit our Welcome Table under the blue tent for a free gift (surprise, surprise it’s a coffee mug) and to have any questions answered that you might have.
Sundays at GTLC
8:15 a.m. Traditional Worship with Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. Worsihp with Holy Communion and Staffed Nursery
Adult Sunday school @ 9:30 in the Learning Center
11 a.m. Family Worship with Holy Communion and Staffed Nursery
Sunday school for Pre-K – 6th grade meets at 11 a.m.
11381 Gateway Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33913