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Be Our Guest

By Paula Bowlby, Associate Early Childhood Pastor For the past 10 years, Woodland Hills has been hosting families who find themselves without shelter in partnership with the organization Project Home. This year we will have Project Home guests the month of March and April. We are looking for volunteers for the various volunteer shifts and slots. Project Home provides a … Read More 


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All-Ages Ash Wednesday Service

February 14th is Valentine’s day, but this year it is also when Ash Wednesday lands, which is the official beginning of Lent.  This special day occurs 40 days before Easter (excluding Sundays) and is traditionally a time of fasting and preparation including special church services (usually with their own sacraments), ceremonies, and prayers. Unlike a Catholic or Lutheran church, Woodland … Read More 


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HG February Preview Pack

Here’s a look ahead to what we’ll be learning in Heroes Gate this February: February 4: Toddlers-4th Grade will hear God wants us to use what He’s given us to share His love with others through the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30).  Club 56 kids will being a new series entitled “Under the Radar” and talk about the question: … Read More 


HG: Beyond Sundays

By Teresa Sayles, Children’s Creative Arts Director If you’ve ever been back into Heroes Gate on a Sunday morning, you know it’s a busy place!  Kids from infants to 6th grade are playing together in their classrooms, hanging out with their leaders, and learning Bible stories and worship songs.  A lot happens in that hour and fifteen minutes! But did … Read More 


A Life-Changing Welcome

By Patrick Showers, Elementary Pastor Several years ago, a single mom of two children decided to attend our church.  She had never been to a church and came very reluctantly.  Her past experiences, her pain, and her perceptions led her to believe that even though she felt compelled to be here, she wouldn’t be accepted because of her past.  As … Read More 


Heroes Gate Values

By Paula Bowlby, Associate Early Childhood Pastor The start of a new year is a good time to reflect on who you are and where you are going. In Heroes Gate, we feel the same way, and our staff and volunteers are invested in sharing Jesus and Kingdom principles with children and their families. Heroes Gate is designed to be … Read More 


Taking Risks in 2018

By Teresa Sayles, Children’s Creative Arts Director A month ago, I was working with a group of upper elementary students.  They were spread out over three tables and, as usual, the boys had all congregated at one table.  The girls were at the other two tables, all except one.  There hadn’t really been room, so she had quietly pulled out … Read More 


Operation Joy Success!

This year, we provided gifts to 24 families (all connected through the church’s ministries or Close to My Heart Daycare).  We also provided 58 gifts to The Lift for their toy store. Overall that equals 280+ gifts. That’s a big Christmas tree. Gifts were provided by families in Heroes Gate, a small group, some individuals, and Echo Journey Groups. Thank … Read More 


Family Worship

Parents and Families: Join us Sunday, December 17th for Family Worship during either service!  It’ll be a fun time of singing and worship, and you’ll still be able to make it back to the main service in time to hear the sermon.  We hope to see you there!


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