We want to help everyone who comes to WestGate Church move from attending to belonging. This is more than a t-shirt slogan (although we did print t-shirts with that saying on them).
We believe the Christian life isn’t just difficult to do alone. It’s impossible.
So, this summer, during the months of May and June, we're inviting you to join our staff and key leaders to join us as we…well…just do stuff.
So check out this sweet list of WESTGATE CHURCH MEET-UPS and let the fun begin.
HIKING AT QUICKSILVER :: GOLFING :: FLY A KITE
SURFING :: HIKING AT FREMONT OLDER ::
DOG PARK MEET-UP :: BOOK CLUB ::
PAINT SOME CERAMICS :: BURGER BASH
HIKING AT FREMONT OLDER (2) :: HIKE AT CALERO ::
WARRIORS GAME WATCH PARTY ::
TACO TUESDAY (YOUNG PROFESSIONALS) ::
SF COFFEE CRAWL (YOUNG PROFESSIONALS) ::
BIKE RIDE (ADVANCED) :: BIKE RIDE (INTERMEDIATE) :: BIKE RIDE (BEGINNER) ::
FAMILY PARK DAY :: VASONA PARK FAMILY PICNIC ::
MEN’S BACKYARD BBQ (SARATOGA CAMPUS) ::
GO SEE TOY STORY 4 :: KIDS PLAYDATE - PARENT HANGOUT! ::
FAMILY PLAYDATE :: FAMILY DINNER PICNIC IN THE PARK ::
ROSE GARDEN PICNIC DINNER :: M/W NOON LAP SWIM
HIKING ST. JOSEPH HILL :: SENIORS LUNCH :: CHIX AND FLICKS
BOARD GAME NIGHT ::
FILOLI GARDENS :: MOMMY AND ME WALK IN THE PARK
BOOK CLUB (2) :: PETROGLYPH CERAMICS
BACKYARD BBQ + SWIM (SOUTH HILLS) ::
LADIES WINERY SIP AND SNACK :: ESTATE SALE SHOPPING
Play 18 holes at Coyote Creek or Eagle Ridge Golf Course. Cost, approximately $65 for a round. Meet at Eagle Ridge Golf Course. Approximately 5 hours. Must sign up/RSVP at the link below four days prior to the event date in order to secure the tee times.
HIKING AT QUICKSILVER
Go hiking at the Quicksilver Mines Trail in South San Jose. Meet at 8am at the Trail Head at 17571 McAbee Rd, San Jose, CA 95120. Meet at 8am. Hike will last roughly 1.5 hours. It’s an aerobic hike, but not too tough.
FLY A KITE
Let’s go fly a kite. Up to the highest height. No seriously. This is great for kids and families, and anyone who loves books by Khaled Hosseini or is really into yards and yards of string. We’ll meet at the Mountain View Kite Park from 6pm–8pm.
Meet at the parking lot at the end of 41st Street in Santa Cruz at low tide. We’ll surf for roughly 3 hours. (Weather permitting. We won’t surf if it’s raining, but hey, it’s May and the likelihood of that is really small.)
BIKE RIDE (ADVANCED)
This will be a 2-hour road bike ride around through Saratoga/Cupertino and/or Los Altos. Must be able to ride efficiently and manage some hills. Meet at 2pm at the upper patio of the Saratoga Campus Worship Center.
FAMILY PARK DAY
Come hang out with your kids at Saratoga Creek Park from 10-11:30am. Bring a snack to share. We will meet by the playground. The park is located on Hoyet Drive off of Cordelia Avenue (off Lawrence Expressway).
VASONA PARK FAMILY PICNIC
This is perfect for families with kids. We’ll be going to Vasona Park for a family picnic. We’ll meet at noon, and head over to the Oak Meadow Park (it’s the big field to the left immediately past the park’s entrance). We’ll be meeting from about 12noon-1:30pm. Please bring a picnic lunch and blankets or lawn chairs!
BIKE RIDE (INTERMEDIATE)
OPTION 1: Meet at the WestGate Church South Hills Campus at 1pm and we’ll go for a moderately nice road bike ride around the beautiful back roads around South Hills. Maybe we’ll be gone for an hour. Maybe two. We’ll see how we feel.
OPTION 2: This is a moderately paced bike ride (average speed 16-18 mph). It will probably include one moderately challenging hill climb. The ride will be approximately 20-28 miles and take under 2 hours. We will meet at the South Hills Campus parking lot (6601 Camden Ave, San Jose, CA 95120) at 9am-11am. More than likely it'll be a loop from SH to either Bailey or Willow pass. Bring water and if needed, a Powerbar. If we're so inclined, we might wrap-up by getting coffee afterwards.
BIKE RIDE (BEGINNERS)
We’ll be going on a morning bike ride along Baylands Trail around Moffett Field. This is a casual ride good for adults of all ages and children 8 yrs and older. For those wanting to ride one way it is possible to catch the VTA Light Rail at the Lockheed Station in Sunnyvale and ride it back to downtown Mt. View (bring money for fare). We’ll meet at the Stevens Creek Trail entrance at Central Ave, Mountain View, CA. We’ll ride from 8:00am - 11:00am
WARRIORS WATCH PARTY
So, sure, the Warriors looked a little rough-around-the-edges in Round 1. Which likely means the second round opponent - the deadly-and-terribly-unfun-to-watch - Houston Hardens, will be filled with much tension. And who knows what after that. And if this Spring is like ‘15, ‘16, ‘17 and ‘18, we’ll be watching deep into May. Join us at Buffalo Wild Wings (near WestGate Mall) or Smokeeaters (on Almaden Expressway at Almaden Ranch) and we’ll cheer the Dubs on together. Fill out the form if you’re interested, and we’ll let you know where we’ll be watching a few days before after the schedule is set.
Join us for a book club, where we’ll read interesting and provocative books and then discuss them. For the month of May we would discuss "The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction" by Adam McHugh. For the month of June we would discuss "The Making of an Ordinary Saint: My Journey from Frustration to Joy with the Spiritual Disciplines" by Nathan Foster. We’ll meet in the dining area inside Whole Foods Market on Blossom Hill and Almaden Expressway from 7:15pm–9:00 pm.
PAINT SOME CERAMICS
We'll get together to make some painted ceramic items. We’ll do this from about 5pm–6:30pm on Thursday, May 23rd and Thursday, June 13th. Meet at Color Me Mine at 5337 Prospect Rd, San Jose 95129.
HIKING AT FREMONT OLDER
Intermediate/advanced hiking at Fremont Older Open Space Preserve. Meet at 7:30am. We are going to hike part of Seven Springs Trail loop, approximately 3-4 mile hike. Parking is limited; if lot is full, park on the street down from lot.
COFFEE CRAWL (YOUNG PROFESSIONALS)
We’re going on a Coffee Crawl in the City. We will be visiting some popular coffee shops in San Francisco to do a coffee tasting. We will either rally up at the Saratoga campus or possibly BART on Fridays at 11am and plan to be back by 5:30pm. This is for anyone who finds themselves wanting to adventure in the city, want to explore coffee/matcha, and meet other young adults.
TACO TUESDAY (YOUNG PROFESSIONALS)
Hey Young Adults! What’s better than Tuesday? Taco Tuesdays, of course. Join us for Taco Tuesday with La Burrita Food Truck at Hapa's Brewing Company in San Jose.
HIKING FREMONT OLDER 2
Intermediate/advanced hiking at Fremont Older Open Space Preserve. Meet at 9am. We are going to hike part of Seven Springs Trail loop, approximately 3-4 mile hike. Parking is limited; if lot is full, park on the street down from lot.
Hike around the Calero Reservoir at Calero County Park, 23205 McKean Rd. Meet at 9am on May 17th and 8am on June 15th. The hike is easy-to-moderate and should take roughly 60-90 minutes.
KIDS PLAYDATE (PARENTS HANG-OUT)
PLAYDATE! Meet at the Seven Seas Park in Sunnyvale. Parents hang out while kids play on the awesomely-fun structures or splash pad. Play from 10am-12noon.
This is perfect for families with young kids. We’ll be hanging out at Seven Seas Park in Sunnyvale. This meetup will be a time for parents/kids to connect. The park has multiple playgrounds (geared more towards younger kids), a water play area, and a grass field. We will meet on Tuesday nights from around 5:30-7pm. For anyone who wants to come, we will be meeting at the water play area. Note: parking can be a bit challenging sometimes, but in worst case, people can park walking distance away in one of the neighborhoods.
FAMILY PICNIC IN THE PARK
Hey, it’s Friday Fun Day at the Park. At the end of a long summer week, who wants to cook on Friday night? So don’t! Bring your family, pack a picnic dinner (or buy something take-out!) and bring a blanket and join us for a Family Picnic Dinner at the Park. We’ll be meeting at Doerr Park (Park Wilshire Drive and Potrero Drive in San Jose), which is a *great* park featuring a large grassy area to kick a soccer ball around, basketball hoops, tennis courts, a toddler playground as well as large play structure with ninja warrior type obstacles that’s great for slightly older kids! Meet from 5pm-7:30pm, at the covered picnic tables
GO SEE TOY STORY 4
Woody and Buzz and the whole crew are back for the final installment of this beloved Pixar franchise. Since Toy Story 4 comes out on June 20, so we’ll all go see it Saturday, June 22nd. We’ll watch the movie at Century 20 Oakridge at the Oakridge Mall, and then afterwards, hang out in the high-class Mall Food Court. Exact times are yet to be determined.
DOG PARK MEET UP
MEN'S BACKYARD BBQ (SARATOGA CAMPUS)
Are you a guy? Do you like grilled meat? But we repeat ourselves. On Wednesday, May 22 from 6-9pm, we’ll be meeting at a home that has a big backyard, with a deluxe grill. RSVP and the event coordinator will send you the info! Come hang out with other guys . Cost is $10.
BACKYARD BBQ + SWIM (SOUTH HILLS)
Do you attend the South Hills community? Join us for a backyard afternoon swim party. Bring your own towels and grub. Lots of grass, a BBQ, and pool (NOTE: no life guard on duty!). This is at a home in the Willow Glen area (and after you RSVP, the event coordinator will email you with all the deets).
ROSE GARDEN PICNIC DINNER
Bring your picnic basket or sack dinner and blanket and meet up at Municipal Rose Garden Park at the corner of Dana Ave and Naglee Ave San Jose, CA 95112. Look for us by the fountain in the park. We’ll be there from 530pm - 7pm on June 21.
MONDAY/WEDNESDAY NOON LAP SWIM
Join us on Mondays and Wednesday through May and June for a lap swim at Santa Clara International Swim Center ($6 drop in or $5 per swim with advance card purchase from the nearby Kiely Community Center). Arrive a bit before noon. Swim in a lane that goes your speed; half the lanes figure out their own workouts, the other half are open swim, generally more relaxed. Will likely be setup for Olympic long course 50 meters. Swim for an hour then depending on schedule go grab a bite to eat nearby. Long course lanes doing workouts generally can repeat 100s freestyle on 1:30 or 1:40 or 1:50 and will do 2500-3000 meters; open swim is suitable for beginners - note pool is mostly all deep.
HIKING ST. JOSEPH'S HILL
Join us as we hike St. Joesph's Hill in the morning. Meet at the Jones Creek Trail Entrance (note: closest intersection is Jones Rd and College Ave). You can park on the street on Jones Rd which is a residential area. Walk all the way to the end of Jones Rd and it will dead end at the entrance to the Jones Creek Trail which is also known as St. Joseph’s Hill Open Space Preserve. The hike will last about 1.5 hours. Meet at 8:30am.
Are you a senior (as in “age 55+” not as in “I am about to graduate high school”). This lunch is open to men and women at a HOA Clubhouse in Los Gatos (it holds up to 56 guests, so come one, come all.) The lunch will start around 12pm with no ending time (to allow people to visit and connect for as long as they’d like. RSVP below, and the host will contact you about exact location details. Cost will be roughly $15 for the food.
BOARD GAME NIGHT
Do you love board games? So do we. We’ll have a night where we’ll play (and teach) awesome board games to adults and/or kids at our house. Kids can play their own games or watch a movie while parents play adult board games OR, depending on the crowd, we can play family friendly games with parents and kids. The time will be from 8pm-10pm at a house in the 95124 area (the event coordinator will email you the address after you RSVP below).
Join us as we go to Filoli Gardens. Filoli is a country house set in 16 acres of formal gardens surrounded by a 654-acre estate, located in Woodside, California, about 25 miles south of San Francisco, at the southern end of Crystal Springs Reservoir, on the eastern slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains. If you love flowers and strolling through beautiful gardens come join us as we admire the beauty and fragrance of different blooming flora. We will meet in the front of WestGate Saratoga Worship Center at 9:30am and carpool or caravan to Filoli. Admission to Filoli is $22, Students $15, Children 5-17 $11
MOMMY AND ME WALK IN THE PARK
Mommy and me walk in the park (strollers and all). We’ll meet at Almaden Lake Park, 6099 Winfield Blvd. San Jose 95120 and walk from about 11am-1pm. We’ll meet at the back entrance of the park off of Winfield Blvd.
BOOK CLUB (2)
Enjoy reading? Enjoy talking about what you’ve read with other folks? If so, join up with a group of gals to discuss John Ortberg's Who Is This Man? We will alternate meeting at a couple of homes near the Saratoga Ave/Payne area of San Jose (very close to the Saratoga Campus). We’ll be doing this on Sunday nights starting on June 16 from about 4:30pm-6:00pm. RSVP and we’ll contact with details about where to meet.
Paint Your Own Ceramics at Petroglyph located at 1140 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125 in downtown Willow Glen. Get creative, try something new, bring a friend, bring a drink, personalize a mug, paint a dinosaur, make a one-of-a-kind bow for your pet. We’ll be there Sunday from roughly 1-3PM-ish.
LADIES WINERY SIP AND SNACK
Ladies come and join us at the Testarossa Winery for their Sip and Snack on May 30th from 11:30am-1:00 Bring snacks to share. If you want a tasting, the cost is about $20 Meet at picnic table area. Testarossa Winery 300 College Ave. Los Gatos
ESTATE SALE SHOPPING
Join us to go shopping at ESTATE SALES (these can be as far north as Mountain View and as far south as Morgan Hill). Definition of an ESTATE SALE: An Estate Sale is a way of liquidating the belongings of a family or (house) estate. These are usually much more than GARAGE or YARD sales. They are used when someone is in need of a way to sell items due to downsizing, moving, divorce, bankruptcy, or death. If you are interested, RSVP and the event organizer will contact you and get you details about the when/where of the sales that week. This usually lasts from 9am-noon.
CHICKS AND FLIXS (LADIES ONLY)
Ladies out there! Join us for a movie and then brunch or lunch following. The movie is TBA, but we'll send out some movie options the week of and decide the time and movie at that time. This is for all ages 18+ and all campuses welcome.