The Gathering  is a community of faith, not an outreach project of a church. It is a place for those who may not be comfortable entering conventional church doors, but who still desire to be part of a Christian worshipping community.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

 

The mission of The Gathering is to build and nurture a loving and compassionate faith community where the housed and un-housed, churched and unchurched gather together to seek healing, spiritual fulfillment and Christian community, affirming and encouraging the worth and dignity of all, and attending to both pastoral and physical needs of displaced members of the Body of Christ.

 

 

HISTORY AND BACKGROUND

 

The Gathering was born during a sermon by Bishop Stanton when he challenged listeners to get out of their comfort zone and follow Jesus to help the outcast and marginalized.

 

Arch-Deacon Jim Webb caught the vision for the need of a spiritual gathering place in Dallas, TX, where the housed and un-housed can come together on Sunday to seek healing, spiritual fulfillment and community.  A place outside where no one is afraid to enter; where they can be members, or where they can be present without feeling they are making a commitment to something they don’t understand—a place that invites people of all identities to become one as we worship and give thanks to God.  He gathered a team of clergy and lay people who came together to say they would provide the necessary arms and legs to make it happen.

 

What began in December 2012 with five parishioners as an outreach program of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, has become The Gathering, a formal worshipping community in partnership with all the parishes of the Diocese.   With an average of 90 people attending Mass and lunch each week, The Gathering brings together the last, the least and the lost, where they are honored, respected, and listened to. The community is supported by other established churches in the metropolitan area who give of their time, talent and treasure to weave the larger community together. 

 

We have had weddings, as well as funerals. We have had confessions and healings. We have helped people get jobs and sent others to rehab. We have made connections for much needed social services. We have sponsored two mission trips. In short, we are church. We just happen to be outdoors.

 

Since Jim Webb’s passing in the spring of 2014, The Gathering has continued to thrive and experience continued growth with the support of the Bishop and a team of strong leaders, both laity and clergy.

SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS

EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF DALLAS

THANKS-GIVING SQUARE

 

Dallas Diocese Parishes

 

Annunciation, Louisville                                St. John, Pottsboro

Church of the Transfiguration, Dallas         St. Lukes

Epiphany, Richardson                                   St. Marks, Mt. Pleasant

Episcopal School of Dallas                           St. Marks, Irving

Good Samaritan, Terrell                               St. Michael and All Angels,                                                                                   Dallas

Good Shepherd, Terrell                                St. Paul, Waxahachie

Holy Trinity by the Lake, Rockwall               St. Pauls, Prosper

Our Merciful Saviour, Kaufman                   St. Peters, McKinney

St. Andrews, McKinney                                 St. Phillips, Frisco

St. Anne, Desoto                                            St. Thomas, Dallas

St. Christopher, Dallas                                  

St. David's, Garland                                                                      

 

Other Organizations

 

HOSA students of South Garland High School

First Presbyterian, Dallas

Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Dallas