Gateway on the Square

Sundays at Gateway on the Square

Our Sunday rhythm is a little different at Gateway on the Square. On the first Sunday of each month, we gather around tables and eat together. On the fourth Sunday of each month, we go out in to the community to serve.

First Sunday Meal

The history of the church is around the table. For hundreds of years, this I where the people oof Jesus met. The gospel spread from one table to the next, from one home to another – all over a meal.

The table is a very ordinary place – so routine and every day, it is easily overlooked as a place of life changing community.

By setting a table and sharing a meal, we provide the context for which people feel loved, where people feel heard. A place where God’s spirit can move.

The practice of eating and drinking is central to the kingdom of God. Jesus ate with the lost. Jesus ate with community. Jesus ate with God. The gospel of Luke says Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Jesus cam eating and drinking.

Want a glimpse into eternity? We’ll provide the meal, you can join us for at the table at Gateway on the Square at 6pm on the first Sunday of each month.

Fourth Sunday Serve

We know that the church is measured by what we do once we leave the building. So, on the fourth Sunday of each month we spend our time together seeing in the community.

Want to join us in putting the love of Jesus on display? Come to Gateway on the Square at 6pm on the fourth Sunday of the month.

COMING SOON (and not so soon)

Spring Break, Serve Day at CIAA – March 24 11am-1pm

Gateway is grateful to have the chance to serve at our local schools. On Tuesday, March 24 we’ll be working at Covington Integrated Arts Academy (CIAA). Volunteers of all ages will clean up, paint, power wash, and repair the playground areas.

Be sure to bring gloves. Volunteers should wear work clothes and a smile! Anyone who would like to ride the bus from Gateway Atoka, meet in the parking lot at 10:30am.

The Covington Easter Egg Hunt – April 4 11am, Boys & Girls Club

Gateway on the Square is so grateful to partner with the Boys & Girls Club of the Hatchie River Region to bring a HUGE Easter Egg Hunt to Covington. There will be thousands of candy-filled eggs in areas divided by age categories – including a preschool area. Be sure to get there early to register for door prizes! To finish off the morning, lunch is provided. Everything is free! We can’t wait to see you there.

April 4, 11am at the Boys & Girls Club in Covington 412 Alston Circle

Volunteers register here!

Celebrate Recovery – Tuesdays 6:30pm-8:30pm

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ centered 12 step recovery group dealing with life’s hurts, habits, and hang ups. We are not a group for just drugs and alcohol, in fact only 1 of every 3 people come to Celebrate Recovery for chemical addictions. Celebrate Recovery is a safe place for all people to express their issues and find healing for their struggles through biblical teaching. 

First Sunday Meal

On the first Sunday of each month, our gathering time is spent around the table.



Everyone doesn’t have family nearby, but still want to share in a traditional meal with others. You are welcomed and loved at Gateway! Sharing a meal together helps build community. We know that it’s important for our spiritual growth, plus it’s a lot of fun. That’s why we’re issuing an open invitation to gather for dinner. 

Volunteer Opportunity! There are three ways you can serve at this event.

  1. Pray. Ask God for community connections.
  2. Invite those without family nearby to join ours.
  3. Volunteer to cook, serve tables, set-up, or clean up. 

Complete the form below and the volunteer coordinator will contact you soon.

Still have questions about Gateway on the Square? Let us answer them, complete the form below for more information.

A Little History . . .

As a part of Gateway’s long range strategy, multiplication of our campuses, and planting churches is always on our minds.  With that being said, initially, there were no real plans for moving toward a work in Covington any time soon. However, early in 2017, when preparing for the summer Kids Club mission began, a group of faithful volunteers planned to host a club in Covington at the Housing Authority. Out of that weekend in July grew a desire to come back every month! It’s grown so much since then — with more volunteers getting connected and new families coming each month. Through the relationships built during this club, we’ve become more and more aware of the need in Covington.  Through this Kids Club, we have been able to partner with Forerunner Baptist Church, a predominantly African American congregation and their pastor, Bro. Thomas Bester.

Bro. Steve Carpenter, Gateway’s Lead Pastor, met with Bro. Bester and ended their time together with a specific prayer “God, what is it that You want to do in Covington, and how do you want us to be a part of it.”. That was on Tuesday. On Friday of the same week, Bro. Steve got a call from the owner of a building on the Square asking if there were any thoughts of starting something in Covington. It is clear that our plans, aren’t always God’s plans!

Well, where is it?!

The building is basically ready to go. And it is being offered at an incredible rental price. Over the next few weeks, Steve began sharing with leadership, prayer partners, deacons, and finally with our congregation at our Family Meeting in October 2017. Every conversation has been met with excitement.

The building is located at 101 W. Court Square. It’s “The Chamber Center” (on the square in Covington). As a matter of fact, it is where we held Christmas with Dignity 2017 and 2018!  There is very little work has to be done to the building for our purposes at this time. As a matter of fact, there are chairs, tables, audio/visual equipment, a well equipped prep kitchen, and plenty of restroom facilities. The building will be easy to minister from and easy to find.


Gateway will aim to love and minister to the whole community during the week and conduct services on Sundays at 6pm.  The same emphasis on discipleship and the gospel that exists at all of our campuses will characterize Gateway on the Square.

The weekday ministry has a million possibilities as we seek to love the people of Covington so that many might find Jesus and follow Him!  The barriers are great, but the gospel crosses every racial, ethnic, and economic line. The goal is that the ministry of Gateway on the Square and all of our campuses would reflect the beauty and diversity that exists around the throne of God. Our desire is that Gateway on the Square will be an evangelistic, disciple making church that reaches in love to every part of Covington and beyond.