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Children’s Ministry

2023 Kids Christmas Story: Color Your Own Adventure!

This year’s Christmas story has a special twist: it’s a “Color Your Own Adventure” which means that your choices will determine how the story goes. If you choose to go on this quest, you can download the coloring book here! Read More 

What is… Family Rituals?

Most families have routines of a sort that shape their days and weeks—maybe who does what chores or what kind of madness must ensue to get out of the house in the morning. We could also call these “rituals.” Often there is not much thought in these routines, so what happens when families create intentional rituals to connect to each other and to Jesus? We decided to answer that question through a program called Family Rituals. Read More 

2022 Kids Christmas Story

Each year, Woodland continues the tradition of sharing a story with kids on Christmas Eve. This year’s story is titled When the Lights Go Out, and it was written and illustrated by Emily and Hannah from our Communications team! You can download both the coloring book version, and the colored-in version of the story here. Read More 

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mothers out there!
To have some fun this Mother’s Day, we asked the kids of Heroes Gate to write & draw some reasons where their mom’s are awesome! Read More 

Life-Sized Game Night Recap

No foolin’, on April 1st Woodland Hills saw 80 kids and adults transform themselves into life-size game pieces! Heroes Gate’s game night started off with families racing around the room in an energetic scavenger hunt, and ended with life-size foosball, connect four and tic-tac-toe! Read More 

Easter Jam Photo Gallery

Easter Jam was a hit! Dozens of families turned out for this sunny Saturday adventure. And while finding eggs is fun, we were most excited about begin able to see so many of you in person!

Enjoy these photos from the day. Read More 

Easter Jam Egg Hunt & Downloads

Are you ready for some safe family fun? We’re hosting an outdoor Easter egg hunt right on our front lawn with fun activities for kids of all ages. Each family will be assigned the task of finding twelve multicolored eggs including a bonus golden egg for a special prize.  Read More 

Kids Advent 2020

Families with kiddos, join us this Friday for an Advent Activities Box Pick-up Parade! Stay in your car, drive by and pick up an Advent box for the month of December for your family. Please register for a box so we have enough! Read More 

Reverse Parade Gallery

Last Wednesday, staff and volunteers from Heroes Gate (our children’s ministry) hosted a Reverse Parade at Woodland Hills. While honoring social distancing, they spread out along the front sidewalk of the church to wave hello, chat from a safe distance and hand out prepackaged snacks and activities for kids. Fifteen volunteers dressed up in costumes (masks and gloves included), played musical instruments and held signs that said, “I’m so excited to see you.” Twenty-six cars showed up with fifty plus kids. The pandemic certainly didn’t stop them from having fun! But don’t just take our word for it, check out the awesome photo gallery. Read More 

Heroes Gate Reverse Parade

Your family is invited to join us at Woodland Hills for a REVERSE PARADE! The Heroes Gate staff and volunteers will honor social distancing by spreading out along the front sidewalk at the church. They are excited to wave, say hello, and even chat from a safe distance with your kids (while they stay safe inside your car).  You just drive through the front parking lot slowly.  You can even stop and chat for a while! Read More 

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"I was incredibly blessed by everyone who came out to the clean-up event to serve neighborhood seniors. It literally brought me to tears knowing that there are amazing people out there restoring my hope in what it means to love and serve each other."

– Merrick Community Services staff member