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Sundays at HopeGateWay

Worship Online via Zoom: Every Sunday at 11 am (Eastern time)

We are worshipping online via Zoom on Sundays at 11:00 AM (Eastern time) for the foreseeable future. 

Please do not come to 509 Forest Avenue!


May 24 Zoom Meeting link: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84168545593?pwd=N1NLRVYvV1FhOXB4c2dIeDFBL0w4UT09


Stay safe. Take care. Be well. You are loved.

Read more about our COVID-19 response here.


Zoom Social Connection Gatherings

Here are a few opportunities to gather this coming week. If you would like to host a gather just let Liz know and she will set one up for you.

  • Friday, May 29th at 8pm   • for parents – facilitated by Erica Lovejoy
  • Sunday, June 7th at 1pm  • French Language Gathering - facilitated by Nathan Ndayiziga

Unordinary Time Bible Study | Thursdays, May 21 + June 4

10:30-11:30 am + 8:00-9:00 pm via Zoom

Join Sam Johnson (in the morning) or Bob Moore (in the evening)  to  connect  with other  HGW  friends and  discuss unordinary Bible stories. The topics will be the same for both morning and  evening  groups. May 21: Peter and the vision of unclean animals (Acts 10). June 4: TBD.


Freed-Up From Debt with Mike Davis | Tuesdays, June 2 + 9 at 7 pm | via Zoom

We live in an unordinary time with many challenges including financial ones. Freed-Up from Debt draws on our faith and solid financial principles to help participants develop a plan to get out and stay out of debt all in a judgement free setting. At the end of the course participants will establish a personalized debt elimination plan. The class meets for two one hour sessions and is limited to 5 family units (individuals or couples). Register here. Registration closes when the class is full - so act now - first come, first served! More info/questions: mike@hopegateway.com.


Monthly Community Taize | next gathering: Tuesday, June 9 at 7:45 pm | via Facebook Live

Join our old friends Shelley and Mike Tworoger for weekly Taizé service: chant-like simple songs repeated many times, with periods of silence and readings. Shelly and Mike have curated a brief Taizé experience on Facebook Live so that we remain spiritually centered and connected. (You do not need to be on Facebook to participate!)


Call to Prayer and Silence | Fridays at 3 pm

As a HGW Community during this time of global crisis, we are calling for prayer for our communities and our world. Throughout the week, you are invited to name persons and situations you want to hold in prayer during this time at this Facebook event. At 3pm on Friday, pause from your day (to the extent that you can) and pray for each person and situation, the community and the world. (If you are not on Facebook and would like to participate, please contact Jeff to add prayers and to get updates.


HGW Discernment Process | next gathering: May 24, 2020 | 1:00pm | via Zoom

HGW is engaging in an intentional process of reflecting on our identity and relationship with the United Methodist Church over an eight-month period of time. We hope to have the whole community engaging in this process as much as possible. We are continuing to move forward with our discernment process about separating from the United Methodist Church. 


The May 24 meeting will be facilitated again by Rev. We Chang, Metro Boston District Superintendent. The topic of the meeting is General Conference (which has been postponed to August 2021) and the New England Annual Conference Open Spirit Task Force Scenarios. The New England Annual Conference Annual Meeting is postponed to October 2020 and will meet virtually. The postponement of these meetings has affected deadlines and timelines. You can connect to the meeting via this link.


On May 31 we will meet and conclude our 8-month process and make a decision about how to move forward from here. This will be an internal meeting with no outside facilitator. 


Our last session was held on April 26. The meeting focused on community partnerships and the process and requirements for disaffiliation, which have become clearer. As required by the process, this was an open meeting, to which the public was invited. We heard from partners in the recovery community, the ecumenical community, our non-profit partners, and LGBTQIA leaders. If you missed the last meeting you can view the recording of it at this link. There was some open, honest, and deep sharing. It's worth taking a listen if you weren't able to be present. HopeGateWay is not alone in this process. Ten other churches in New England are following this path. You can learn more at www.ne-discerners.org.


Gateways daily reflection - subscribe now!

Are you seeking a new spiritual practice or wanting to commit to a daily quiet time of meditation and writing? We send out a daily email with a prayer, reflection, or Scripture reading — something to ponder and reflect on. If you don’t already receive it, subscribe now.


An Invitation to embrace our Community Practices

We invite you to express your commitment to God and to the HopeGateWay community by signing your name to our 2020 Community Practices commitment wall. This is an annual practice – an opportunity to say yes to prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness — yes to God — and yes to HopeGateWay!


HopeGateWay Kids - temporarily suspended

Join us between service 10:15am for HopeGateWay Kids a fun, interactive time for kids in grades kindergarten through 5th grade. Each week we engage different stories of faith through games, songs, drama, crafts and more!


Volunteers Needed Before and After Sunday Gatherings - temporarily suspended

We are in need of individuals to help Set-up and Clean- up our Sunday gatherings. Come at 8:30 to help create our worship space or stay after 11:00 worship ends to help clean up. FMI: Mike Davis at mike@hopegateway.com


Time and Talent Sheet: An Opportunity to Connect

Stewardship means living a life of gratitude by sharing prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. If you haven’t had the opportunity to fill out your Time and Talent sheet please do so and return it to the basket marked Time and Talent at the back of the gathering space. The Time and Talent sheet can also be submitted on-line here on our “Serve” page.


Sharing the gift of hospitality - temporarily suspended

Coffee and snacks are an important part of our Sunday morning hospitality — and it’s a great opportunity to serve! Sign up to bring snacks, make coffee, and share your gifts of making people feel at home by hosting in the coming weeks. If you need an orientation to the kitchen, one will be provided.


Bible Study - temporarily suspended

Thursdays: 10:15-11:30 am  | 75 State Street

Because of the concerns around COVID-19, especially for seniors and those with health issues, the Bible Study that Rev. Don Rudalevige leads at 75 State Street, a retirement community. is suspended until further notice. We are grateful for Don's faithful leadership for many, many years, and we hope this group will resume when the concerns subside. If you have questions, please contact Don.


Drumming Circle - temporarily suspended

Second Friday of every month | 7:00-8:30pm

All are invited to join this drumming circle no experience needed. 


Grab a CLYNK Bag and Support HopeGateWay!

Support the ministry and mission of HopeGateWay in a super easy way! Just pick up one of our Clynk bags in our lobby, fill it with returnable bottles and cans, and return it to Hannaford. If you have a personal Clynk account, you can also donate your balance to HGW! Your gift through the Clynk fundraiser helps us to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Hang tight while we look up scheduled events...