We know it can be intimidating to try something new. Here are a few insights to make your first visit a breeze.


Where is Gateway located?

We are located at 353 E Donna Drive, Merced CA 95340 behind In Shape. Join us on Sunday mornings in the main building.

When should I arrive?

Our Sunday morning services start promptly at 9AM & 11AM. We encourage our attendees to arrive a little early to have adequate time to drop off kids at our Kid's Ministry programs, grab a cup of coffee, and get settled in before worship begins.

What should I wear?

Be yourself! If you're more comfortable in your blue jeans, feel free to wear them! If a suit and tie help you worship God, then by all means, wear that! Our atmosphere is predominately casual; we’re more interested that you connect with God and our church family than we are in what you wear.

What should I expect at a service?

You'll enjoy contemporary worship music and practical messages that will help you deal with real life issues, along with the chance to connect with a community of believers.

How can I get more information about Gateway?

On Sunday mornings, feel free to drop by the Information Center (located in the lobby of the Worship Center). A staff member or volunteer will be there to help answer any questions you might have, as well as provide you with information about upcoming events. You can also call the church office at (209) 723-4283, or subscribe to our email list at the bottom of this page.

What about my kids?

We love kids at Gateway, which is why we have an excellent nursery for infants – 3 yrs old, as well as a dynamic kid’s program for preschoolers through 6th graders during the Sunday morning worship services. Teens join us in the main service, and are invited to Crossroads Middle School Ministry Tuesdays at 7 PM, and Catalyst High School Ministry Sundays at 7 PM, which meet in the Student Center. Check out our Kids page or Middle / High School page for all the details!

Am I expected to give when the offering bag goes by?

Not at all. The offering bags are passed for the convenience of our regular attenders. Let our service be a gift to you!