NEW Summer Events to add!

We have a few new Summer Events we want to add to our calendar, as well as modifying one.

-Summer Games Guys Bible Study
Solomon will be leading a time of fun and devotional at Bryan Park every other Tuesday for the guys to get together. The hang out will begin at 11:00 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m. The dates are June 15, June 29th, July 13 and July 27th. For more information, contact Solomon.

-Girls Sleep Over at the Hoards House
Margaret Grace will be having a sleep over full of fun on the bay, star gazing and other shenanigans at Cheryl and Rusty Hoards house on June 15-16. Here are the details:

All the info you need to know for the sleepover 🙂

Who: YOU! You are invited to a sleepover with the other girls of the youth group! Abby (Children’s Intern) and Margaret Grace will be there to hang out with you!

What: Multiple questions for this one!

  • What are we doing? We will be swimming on the bay and having fun with the other girls. We will be writing cards, singing karaoke, watching movies, eating dinner, breakfast and ice cream, and so much more!
  • What should you bring? Your beautiful self obviously! A sleeping bag, swim suit, PJs, change of clothes, and Bible.

When: Tuesday the 15th at 4pm-8am

Where: The Hoard’s House- 9460 Kainui Drive Pensacola FL 32526

-Under the Stars Wednesday Night Worship
On the original summer calendar, we had a Wednesday night bible class on June 30th at the Madaris’ house. We are CHANGING that time and location for a special worship. On June 30th, from 5 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. we will all meet at Jen Kughn’s Parents new property (getting a physical address soon) to enjoy a sandwich dinner, some fun games and then worship and devotional underneath the stars. All parents are welcome to stay and join us. Make sure you bring a Camp Chair!!! More specific details will be sent out closer to the date, so be on the look out.

Gateway Camp 2021

 Gateway CAMP 2021
July 18-23rd
Grade: 4-12th Grade
Cost: $150 per Camper
Deadline: June 27th

Hello all!

We are coming up to our time to begin really planning for our annual week at Camp. We are beyond excited to get to have Camp this year and are looking forward to spending that time with your students. Camp is held at Gulf Coast Bible Camp in Lucedale, Mississippi and will be July 18-23rd. Registration begins on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. and pick up on Friday begins at 10:00 a.m. It is open to all students, grades 4-12th, using the upcoming year, 2021-’22 as our gauge.

Camp is a time of focused devotions, engaging bible classes, meaningful worship, and great fellowship. It is a time for students to lead within their own giftedness, a time to run and laugh and play and a time to eat really good food. It is a time to learn how to be patient, to be kind, to be understanding and to practice self control. It is time to challenge our own selfishness, our impatience, our anger and the things that we know lead us down the wrong paths. 

Here are a few details for you to know for planning purposes and also if you are interested in counseling this year:

You are in charge of getting your student to Camp on Sunday and picking them up on Friday. If your student can drive, that is up to you, but once they park their vehicle, it is to remain parked for the week. You can arrange car pools with other families as well. If you are absolutely in a bind, please contact Seth and we can see what we can work out.

The cost is $150.00 per camper. If you have siblings attending, contact Seth so we can arrange the final cost. This money covers ALL food, canteen snacks, t-shirt, a majority of the crafts, games and more. We keep things very busy and entertaining.

Packing List:
This will go out closer to the date of camp. This will include special craft items, banquet theme outfits and more.

Our master Chef, Marcia Wright runs the kitchen and she cooks amazing meals. If your camper has any special dietary restrictions, we have available space in the fridge for pre packaged meals for them. The earlier this is communicated, the more we can plan(picky eater is not considered a special dietary restriction).

Special Schedule:
If your camper needs to arrive late or be picked up early, PLEASE note this on the additional information section of the application. If you have already turned in your application and something comes up, please communicate this as early as possible to Seth so he can put that in the notes.

Visiting Camp:
We welcome parents visiting whenever they would like, but it needs to be communicated so we can make adjustments to the menu and it cannot be disruptive to the scheduled activities.

Medical Release Form:
We ask ALL participants for ALL Gateway Children’s Ministry and Gateway Student Ministry to have a 2021 Medical Release form on file. This is where you can notate any special circumstances, allergies or anything else we need to be mindful of for your camper.

Special 2021 Camp Wednesday Night Experience:
This year, we are doing something special on Wednesday night. More specific details will be given later, but we are asking all parents that can to plan on attending dinner that night and our evening Chapel service. That is July 21st. We will adjust the times of these events to be a little easier then usual to help accommodate your drive but it will be very meaningful, so please put that on your calendar.

If you are interested in counseling at Camp, please fill out an application and get that back to Seth or Jeremy. Even if you have verbally told us you are wanting to come, we need a physical application for planning purposes. Counseling is a privilege and we make sure we hold our counselors to a very high standard. In the next few weeks, we will begin sending out information about what we believe counseling is and how   you can begin prepping for this week. We do ask that you be willing to put in a lot of work with a lot of grace! Counselors are there FOR the Campers and all answer to the Director. Counselors must be at least 2 years removed from being active in the Youth Ministry and counselors are not guaranteed a spot. We fill by need. Counselors applications will be taken at any time, and the earlier you send that in, the more planning we can incorporate you on, so fill those out quick! If you have any other questions on counseling, please see Jeremy.

Camp Applications:
We ask that your campers applications be turned by June 27th (fill one out for EACH Camper). They can be turned in to Seth, Jeremy or Liz on Sunday mornings, run by the office, or scanned/photographed and sent in via online methods. Payment will be due on July 11th.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Be blessed and see you soon!

Summer Calendar 2021

It is so much closer than we think! Can you believe it?

If you scroll down, you can download a physical copy of our Summer Calendar for the Gateway Student Ministry.

This calendar reflects our Life Groups on Sunday nights and locations (these will be led by our two interns), our Wednesday Night Bible Classes (mostly in the month of June), as well as our three major Summer Trips.

This calendar does not reflect various plans that are a little more spontaneous and nature and put together by our interns but all of those will be communicated in good time.

We are very excited about this Summer and are really praying our teens connect with God and with each other and the Body of Christ at Gateway. Be praying for our teens, our Interns and everyone else involved.

GSM Mystery Road Trip


The Mystery Road Trip is quickly approaching and I am hyperventalating!  Below you should see two things.  First, your packing list for your teens.  They will need to have their stuff pre-packed and to me at 51 Industrial Blvd by June 19th by 11am (You can drop it off earlier in the week if necessary).  If they skip this step it will cost you $69.  Don’t forget, they leave on the 21st and rejoin their luggage that evening.  Second, you should have already filled out your Gateway Medical Release Form for the year.  Please submit it to me ASAP!!!  Third there is a mandatory Zoom Meeting for the Mystery Road Trip, Monday, June 14th at 7pm.  This meeting is for last minute questions regarding the meeting.  If there is anything you can do to help me it is fill out your medical release form and also have either a copy of their birth certificate/school id/learner’s permit/driver’s license for their trip.  They will need one of these to accompany them on the first leg of their journey.

Mystery Road Trip Packing List (pack as minimal as possible): 

– Modest Swimsuit (Our rule for Church trips is boys and girls wear a t-shirt/tank-top over their swimsuit.

– Sleeping Bag and Pillow

– 2 Towels and Toiletries (Deoderant is MANDATORY)

– 1 poncho

– 1 pair Comfortable Tennis Shoes (mandatory-not doing this might exclude them from an activity)

– Sandals/flip-flops are ok, but they will still need one pair of tennis shoes

– 5 Shorts (Modest shorts, no daisy dukes up on this trip) and 5 Shirts for 5 days (Try to fit it all in a small luggage or backpack of possible)

– $100 per person for both trip costs and trinkets for them.  If you wish to give them more, I would only give them up to $50 extra (that wouldn’t be a bad idea)

– Phone Chargers

To receive an invitation for the Zoom meeting, contact Jeremy Kughn!

Upcoming Summer Events

June 14 – Mystery Road Trip Zoom Meeting
June 15 – Summer Games Guys Bible Study
June 15 – Girls Sleepover!
June 16 – Wed Night Bible Class and Worship
June 20 – Life Group at the Ray’s Home
June 21-26 – Gateway Mystery Road Trip (Click here for details)
June 27 – Life Group at the Pinney’s Home
June 29 – Summer Games Guys Bible Study
June 30 – Special Under the Stars Night of Worship
July 1-8 – Honduras Mission Trip
July 11 – Life Group at the Key’s Home
July 13 – Summer Games Guys Bible Study
July 14 – GSK VBS
July 18-23 – CAMP (Click Here for details)
July 27 – Summer Games Guys Bible Study
July 28 – Wed Night Bible Class and Worship
August 8 – End of the Summer Hang Out