Building & Garden

View from our Memorial Garden

Here are some answers to the questions you might have about GPC. If you cannot find an answer here or on our website, please contact our office.

When do we worship?
We worship regularly on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. and we extend a warm welcome to anyone who would like to join us. We also have special services for holidays. For more information on our worship format and special services, see Worship Services.

Where do I park?
We have a large parking lot accommodating 172 cars, including 7 permanently identified parking spots close to the church entrance for people with disabilities. There is also a drop-off driveway along the sidewalk leading to the church entrance. During the winter, church members will assist people being dropped off in this area.

Where is the front door?
Our front door is in the back! We have three entryways to our church from the parking lot. The left (north) entrance under the portico has two entrances. The glass doors straight ahead are the main entrance to the narthex/vestibule and then to the sanctuary. The glass door to the left under the portico leads to the adult lounge, choir room and classrooms. The right (south) entrance leads to the Fellowship Hall, kitchen, classrooms and Rochester Area Preschool.

What should I wear?
We welcome you for who you are not for what you wear. There is no “dress code”. You will see us in casual attire, suits or shorts. So come and be yourself.

Should I bring the children?
Of course! Young people are a part of our church community, too. We invite children for a special “Thoughts for Children” gathering during our regular church service. We provide infant/toddler childcare during the worship service. FUS!ON Sundays, Sunday School (pre-K to 6th grade, Junior High and Senior High), choir and programs for all grade levels are ways we invite young people to hear and feel the word of God.

How do you announce closings for inclement weather?
We follow the Gates-Chili school district Emergency Closings policy. See our “Policy for weather related closings” in Policies and Procedures.

What type of accessibility do you have?
We encourage people of all abilities to worship with us. We have ground level and wheelchair access to all the public spaces in our church. Large print worship service bulletins, large print hymnals, and a personal P.A. system (induction loop) are available. We also welcome service dogs.

Could we have an event in your building?
We are very proud of our church building and our sense of community. We extend our hospitality in providing a place for people to gather for church or non-church related activities during the day or evening. Classrooms, a large Fellowship Hall (with kitchen) and an adult lounge are generally available for a nominal charge. You will need to make an application a month before the event and show proof of insurance. See Policies and Procedures. See also, Weddings, Baptism & Communion, Funerals and Memorial Services and for a list of current community users of our building check Opening Our Doors.