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Teresa’s Goodbye

By Teresa Sayles, Children’s Creative Arts Director When I first came to Woodland Hills Church, I was a year out of college and had recently moved to the Cities from rural Minnesota.  To say things had changed in my life is a vast understatement.  And yet, 12 years later, I can hardly remember what life was like before I came … Read More 


Are You My Mother?

By Paula Bowlby, Associate Early Childhood Pastor Are You My Mother? The Dr. Seuss book has been a family favorite. The baby bird’s momma is out searching for food and baby hatches before she is back. Baby bird sets out to find its mother. The baby encounters all sorts of animals before it finally finds it way back to its mother. … Read More 


Heroes Gate Transitions

Change is inevitable, or so they say.  For Heroes Gate, this is definitely true.  We work with kids, and they keep growing.  Each Sunday, they are a little bit older, taller, and grasping deeper concepts. In Heroes Gate, change is coming, as well. We wanted to give you a heads up on all that is occurring in case your child may need … Read More 


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May Heroes Gate Preview Pack

Here’s a look ahead to what we’ll be learning in Heroes Gate this May: May 6: Toddlers-4th Grade will hear how the Jesus-hating Saul became one of the greatest followers of Jesus the world has known and came to be known as the Apostle Paul (Act 9:1-19).  Club 56 kids will talk continue their series on finding our identity in … Read More 


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We Love Our HG Volunteers!

Volunteers are the heart of Heroes Gate. To volunteer means to “freely offer to do something.” Our volunteers freely give of themselves week after week. In Heroes Gate, we would not be able to open the doors each week without people giving freely of themselves for the Kingdom of God. Our volunteers are various ages, do various roles and are … Read More 


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Family Missions Experiences

Throughout the year, people from Woodland Hills head out on short-term mission trips.  But did you know that some of those people are families?  We asked three parents about their experiences of taking their kids on mission trips recently and wanted to share their answers with you.   What appealed to you about doing a mission trip with your child/children? … Read More 


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April Preview Pack

Here’s a look ahead to what we’ll be learning in Heroes Gate this April: April 1: Toddlers-4th Grade will celebrate Easter and the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection (Matthew 26:14-28:10; Mark 14:12-16:8; Luke 22:1-24:12; John 13:1-20:18).  Club 56 kids will talk about how we can help our friends and those we meet encounter Jesus. April 8: Toddlers-Preschool will hear … Read More 


Good Friday and Easter Ideas for Families

By Teresa Sayles, Children’s Creative Arts Director Next week, we will remember the saddest day history has known and the greatest, most joyous day since the dawn of creation.  We remember how Christ’s love for humanity took Him to the Cross, where He laid down His life to redeem each of us.  We celebrate that death itself could not hold … Read More 


Practicing the Art of Believing the Truth

This week for our Heroes Gate thoughts, we are featuring a guest writer, Erica Morrow.  Erica and her family have attended Woodland Hills for a number of years, and we wanted to share her profound thoughts on believing what is true while parenting.   I have never considered Satan to be very creative. At least not with me, anyways. Throughout the mains … Read More 


Spring Fling Dance

Spring, our fickle friend. You bring sunshine and rain, warmth and then a cool down, snow and melting. You are welcomed and loathed all at the same time. We welcome you and your warmth and the hope of summer that you bring. We loath that March is often the snowiest month of the year, and we are very sick of … Read More 


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