We are called to Community
As God loves us, we are called to love others. Community is at the heart of who we are.

Here are some of the things we do to engage in community in Poole, Bournemouth and around the world.


For those with special educational needs and their carers at 129 Alder Road (BH12 4AA). A great time of fun and fellowship, with helpful and relevant teaching. Find us on the first and third Tuesdays during term time at 7:30 - 9:00pm.

Gateway Gatherers

A midweek service of mostly retired age, blending traditional and modern forms of worship. We meet together for great fellowship with a guest speaker each week. There's even an opportunity for lunch afterwards. Gateway Gatherers runs between 10:30 and 12:30 with lunch served immediately afterwards.

Gators +

Are toddlers groups no fun for your little one? Then this special Gators group may be the place for you. We are a group for pre-schoolers that don't always fit in. Whether your child has a diagnosed learning difficulty or not we'd love you to join us. We meet from 10-11.30am every first and third Tuesday of each month at Gateway Church, 502 Ashley Rd, Parkstone (BH14 0AD). To attend, or for more information, please call 01202 746 938 or email


Oasis is a group of men and women from Gateway who serve victims of domestic violence. It is a chilling fact that 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence, yet for many, this remains a silent, painful epidemic with little hope of respite. That's why Oasis exists to bring some level of healing and hope to men, women and children who have survived this trauma. Whether holding pamper days, providing clothes or furniture, or just ensuring that children receive a gift for Christmas, our mission is to show kindness and mercy to those who haven't known it. The Oasis team serve both within the domestic violence refuge as well as befriending people longer term who have moved out of the refuge.

There are a number of practical ways that you can serve Oasis. If you are interested in serving this ministry, please contact Richard Stamp at

Homeless Refuge

The rate of rough sleeping in Poole and Bournemouth is amongst the fastest growing in the country. People can find themselves homeless for a number of reasons, including relationship breakdown, debt problems or loss of job. Other factors may also contribute, either as a cause, or a result of becoming homeless, such as mental or physical problems, or substance misuse problems. We work with the Bournemouth and Poole Rough Sleepers team to help people by providing short term accommodation in one of our buildings during times of severe weather.

Gateway Food Bank

Food poverty is one of the most appalling forms of deprivation, and affects many families in our conurbation. Redundancy, relationship breakdown, sickness and low income can all contribute towards forcing families into having to choose between paying the bills and buying food. In response, at various times in the year, we provide emergency food parcels, and seek to help people find solutions that may help them out of poverty.

Anyone is welcome for a free cup of tea or coffee, a piece of cake and comfortable place to read or chat at the Gateway Food Bank, and will also be able to redeem a food bank voucher (if in receipt of one).

The Gateway Food Bank is a satellite of the Poole Food Bank and is occasionally open on Tuesdays at our 502 site between 10am and 3pm. For more information about times and availability, please contact the church office.

Gateway Job Club

Work is good! We were designed to work, knowing that employment provides an outlet for our skills, an income to support ourselves, and can boost our sense of purpose and wellbeing. The Gateway Job Club is a free 7 week course, open to anyone who is looking to get into, or back to work. Come and meet some new people, enjoy a free lunch, and learn some practical skills for finding employment. For more information, or to book on to the next course, give us a call, visit our Facebook page, or sign up here. We look forward to meeting you.

Michael House

Michael House in Boscombe is a dry house offering supported accommodation to homeless people. The Michael House model is unique in our conurbation in that it offers supported living, accommodation and help and training, not just to provide temporary relief from rough sleeping, but engages and equips people to find skills to enable them to get back to work, independent living and rebuilding their lives. Michael House is run by a team of directors, two of whom are part of Gateway. There are a number of opportunities to help serve Michael House, ranging from being involved in training life skills to fund raising, to simply having a coffee with a resident.

If you are interested in getting involved with any of these projects, or have further ideas of how we can engage our community through acts of compassion, please contact Richard Stamp at

Parkstone International Community

A community welcoming people of all nations, cultures and faiths, offering friendship family and support.

If you are an international living, working or studying in the UK, you will find a warm welcome at Parkstone International Community. We will be opening an English Conversation Cafe at 502 Ashley Road each Wednesday from 7:30pm-9:30pm. If you would like to practise English conversation or make friends with people from around the world, you are welcome. All events are free and provided by Gateway Church, Poole in partnership with Friends International Dorset. For more information contact or check our facebook or twitter page for other food and cultural events.

More information on Facebook or Twitter @ParkstoneIntr

Giving to Give Away

Each year we give away 10% of all that is given at Gateway to help alleviate suffering, increase resources for those in need and share the Good News of Jesus.

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