Into the comunity
There are many areas you can get involved in at Gateway Waterside.
We believe that we are called to partner with God to bring His kingdom to earth, that we are anointed to “preach good news to the poor, to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…”
Gateway Church, in partnership with Christians Against Poverty, runs Marchwood CAP debt centre. This provides help for anybody in the community who is struggling with debt. This may well have happened because of unemployment, poor health, or relationship breakdown. When people seek help, they ring the national CAP number 0800 328 0006 and an appointment is made with the local centre. Visits usually take place in their home, where the journey out of debt is explained. Together with people from the church, appropriate support is given to help in this process.
We see this as an active expression of Jesus’ love and compassion and believe that this is the sort of thing He would be doing.
Waste not Want Not
WasteNot WantNot (WiN project) is a local community group who connect donated items with those in need of them.
A major part of the project is to collect surplus food from supermarkets and food producers at the end of the day that would otherwise go to waste. Throughout the week, volunteers collect and then distribute produce via pop up food share outs directly into a number of different communities across the Waterside area. Many households rely solely on this food to manage and on other items such as hygiene products, clothing, household goods etc.. Through building up relationships within communities needs are identified and volunteers can then signpost to other organisations for support.
Continually developing and expanding, WiN also support a local pre-school, nursery, school and several other projects whenever they can
The Crossings is a housing and homelessness charity founded by the local churches in 2019. Serving the Waterside area of the New Forest, it offers support in two complementary ways:
Drop in Centres – run weekly at centres across the Waterside. These offer a welcoming place to talk, access IT, and help address visitors’ housing issues – whether facing eviction, living in temporary accommodation, sofa surfing or rough sleeping.
Drop in at Home – An initiative for those recently housed to adjust to their new circumstances & help them make a success of their next steps. Providing practical support & offering a listening ear with encouragement, they help those dealing with isolation and anxiety to integrate into the community as fits their situation best.
A part-time Project Leader is employed to facilitate these services with a team of trained volunteers.
The Christian worship group believes in expressing their worship through dance once a month. They come from varying backgrounds and ages, but share the same faith in Jesus. During their gatherings, they dance to songs that remind them of God’s love, grace, and goodness, pray for each other, and share testimonies. Dancing is seen as an avenue to connect on a deeper level with God, allowing Him to move in their lives.
Messy Church is a way of being church for families and others. It is Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration.
The Norbs MAF in Papua New Guinea
MAF ( Mission Aviation Fellowship) provides essential services to isolated communities in Papua New Guinea. These services include medical evacuations, transportation of goods and services, and improving access to education. As a result, the organization plays a critical role in supporting remote communities. MAF employs local staff, investing in the local economy, and works alongside other NGOs and mission organizations. With a strong track record of delivering essential services to the most remote and isolated areas of PNG, MAF contributes to improving the overall health, education, and wellbeing of the local population.