LIFE Groups are something everyone in the church should be a part of. Most of them meet every week all over the Syracuse area, and are a great time to connect and go deeper into the message from the weekend. Sign up for a LIFE Group here
Support Groups are friendly, caring groups of people who will walk alongside you through some of life's most difficult experiences. They meet on Wednesday evenings at 6:30.
DivorceCare is for those recently separated or divorced.
GriefShare is for those dealing with loss.
Single and Parenting helps those raising kids on the own to be the best parent they can be.
Financial Peace University is a class about making good decisions with money.
TGP Kids is a fun, safe experience for your kids in the Nursery - 5th grade, starting at 10:30 on Sunday mornings. Stop at the check-in station to register your kids. It takes about 5 minutes the first time, and 30 seconds every time after that. Once your kids are checked in, they'll head into the secure children's wing for games, music and Bible lessons. That way, you can relax and enjoy the worship service. Our teachers will have your cell phone number to reach you if they do need you.
AWANA takes place every Wednesday evening from 6:30 - 8:00. It's a program designed to help your child learn more about the Bible. There are fun events throughout the year like the AWANA Games, Pinewood Derby and Bible Quizzing, to help reinforce the lessons the kids are learning every week.
UPWARD BASKETBALL & CHEERLEADING is a program all about playing with purpose. It takes place every fall/winter, and our leagues fill up very quickly. Your child will be placed on a team with other kids of similar age and skill, and be coached on the rules of the game and value of teamwork.
CORE Student Ministry takes place very Sunday evenings from 6 - 8 for students from 6th - 12th grade. There is a student-led worship band, games and separate message for grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. After the message, the students meet in small groups to talk about it and spend time in prayer.
TGP Women is a community of like-minded followers of Jesus committed to learning more about Him and growing closer to one another. We do this in several ways.
Bible Studies take place throughout the year on Wednesday nights at 6:30. Some past topics have been Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirrer, and time for prayer.
Coffee Talks happen once every quarter and are an extended time for women to meet, talk and enjoy food (and of course coffee). These usually feature music and a special speaker who talks about the issues women face in our world.
Girlfriend's Getaway Weekend is an annual early Fall retreat for women of all ages. It's a time to relax, grow closer and learn.
MOPS is a community of mothers who have preschool age children. They meet the first and third Tuesday of every month at 9AM. Childcare is provided so that the moms can relax and learn God's word, crafts and enjoy time together.
Bible Studies take place throughout the year on Wednesday nights at 6:30. Some past topics include, What Makes You Happy? by Andy Stanley.
Men's Conferences take place throughout the year. The biggest event is Iron Sharpens Iron, a men's equipping conference that comes to our church in November every year.
The Sportsmen's Dinner happens every year in the early fall and is for hunters and fishermen of all ages. It features world renowned speakers who will teach you both about the outdoors and about the God who made it all.
Our purpose is to meet the spiritual needs of mature adults, as well as providing encouragement to them, in our church, our neighborhoods and surrounding communities.
TGP Deaf has been an ongoing ministry for 35 years and is the oldest Deaf ministry in the Syracuse area. The 11:00 AM service is ASL interpreted, just find the DEAF section in the front left of the Worship Center. Bible Studies happen both on Sunday mornings at 10:00 and Wednesday evenings at 6;30. Past topics include studies of the Old Testament. The Deaf also have their own LIFE Group, Wednesday Bible Study and host special activities every month.
Little Lamb Christian Preschool and Kindergarten provides both a preschool and Kindergarten program. We have a special concern for the children it served. It is our purpose to provide a sound academic program integrated with opportunities that help broaden a child's knowledge of God and His truths that are found in His Word, the Bible. Little Lamb is a cooperative school with the expectation of parents helping in the classroom and providing snacks on a rotating basis.
The Gathering Place believes in reaching our local community in practical ways. The Gathering Place Community Center at 907 Butternut Street in Syracuse hosts a Tuesday night TESL, an English learning classes, for refugees and their children.
In an effort to meet the practical needs in our community:
The TGP Food Pantry, located at 107 Wells Ave W is open the 4th Sunday of each month (after each of the services) and is open the 1st Tuesday of the month.
TGP Open Wardrobe located at 105 Wells Ave W is open Tuesdays 11 AM - 3 PM; Thursdays 2 PM - 6 PM and Saturday 11 AM - 3 PM.
The Gathering Place believes in taking the Gospel to every nation. Currently, we support 46 missionaries 33 different mission agencies working in 18 countries on 5 continents. We also support 12 retired missionaries.
Dominican Republic: Andy Johnson in his recent book, Missions: How the Local Church Goes Global says that, "Being long-term focused [about missions] means doing short-term trips with a long-term mindset." He challenges churches to do more than provide an international missions experience. By doing short-term projects and working alongside existing long-term missionaries, missions becomes missional in ministries the church already supports. Our partnership with SCORE International in the Dominican Republic is exactly that. For the past several years, we have designed projects together with SCORE so that the deaf can learn sign language and hear the Gospel message; so that by coming along side national pastors like Cesar Sayra Manon in the small sugar cane village of Los Altos, his people can experience a better quality of life and plant new churches where there aren't any; and so that American Missionary Ben Hand in the poor suburban community of Canada Seca can grow disciples who are passionate about the Lord and plant new churches in mountain villages that have none.
Cuba - Like Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey when God opened a door of faith for those in cities where Jesus' name had never been proclaimed; so, too, God is at work in the Island nation of Cuba opening the eyes of faith for many. Until very recently, Cuba was closed to the Gospel. And, although we are in a critical period of time for the church of Jesus Christ in Cuba, now is the time for Christians to come together to assist nationals who are boldly making disciples among their own people. Two Pastors, Oniet Nunez and Issac Green, are among many who are being used of God to establish new disciples. Pastor Oniet and Pastor Green are making disciples in two separate, suburban neighborhoods of Havana. Although we do not support these pastors financially, TGP has been instrumental in improving the houses of neighbors, helping meet humanitarian needs, made improvements to their church buildings, helped Cuban Christians develop businesses, led evangelism and discipleship training programs for lay men and women, distributed Bibles, led VBS programs, dug cisterns, distributed Bible training devices, increased awareness in the US of what is happening in Cuba, and assisted in building relationships with Cuban and US officials
The Gathering Place Cafe was started in 2016 and is a place for family and friends to connect between our services. It's currently open from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM every Sunday morning.