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You might be wondering what’s it like at City Gates Church? Simply stated, at City Gates, we’re all about Jesus. You won’t be met with shame, guilt, or condemnation. And we don’t care how you’re dressed or who you voted for. Our church is made up of imperfect people with every kind of story imaginable.

Want to know the best part? No matter what you’ve been through or what questions you might have about God and faith, our church is a place where you’ll find the love, grace, and forgiveness Jesus gives to everyone.

What’s more, we’d love to meet you and give you a free gift. Simply fill out the short form below and we’ll send out your gift!


We know meeting someone for the first time can be intimidating, and going to a new church for the first time can be nerve-racking. We want to help make your first experience at City Gates Church a great one!


  • In total, a City Gates Church service is about 90 minutes in length. Services begin with the City Gates Church band leading the church in worship – song lyrics are projected onto the screens so you can sing along and/or engage with worship however you feel most comfortable. After the music portion of service is complete, one of our pastors will come out to share an encouraging and hope-filled message about Jesus.

  • We believe that kids should have a blast at church every single week – and at City Gates Kids (4-10) and City Gates Youth (11-18), we make this a priority. The other thing we make a priority is your children’s safety. Because of that, we have a detailed check-in process for our Kids and Youth programmes the first time that you visit. You’ll want to leave yourself an extra ten minutes to get signed in. City Gates Kids and City Gates Youth is offered at both of our morning services.

  • Sunday’s at City Gates are exciting, casual, and relaxed. Come as you are and expect to feel welcomed as our guest.

Service Times

First Service

Sundays – 9:30am

Second Service

Sundays – 11:30am
Also streamed online

Encounter Prayer Meeting

First Tuesday of every month at 8pm

Location and Parking

City Gates Church is located in Ilford Town Centre.

Parking: There is a multi storey car park directly opposite the church building.

Up to 1 hour: £1.20

Up to 2 hours: £2.00

Up to 3 hours: £2.50

Up to 4 hours: £3.00

*Please note that you can get a 30% discount at the reception desk.

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Ready to check out City Gates Church in person? We can’t wait to meet you in person. Simply make your way to the Next steps Area on the ground floor and one of our team would love to meet you.