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Advent Week 1 Devotional

This Sunday marks the beginning of the traditional Advent season preceding Christmas.  It’s a time of year when Christians across the world of various denominations and backgrounds take time to prepare their hearts for the message of Christ’s birth.  Amidst the flurry of Christmas shopping, parties and outings, and cookie baking and eating, we encourage you and your family to … Read More 


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The Gift of Thanks

by Teresa Sayles   Throughout Scripture, we are reminded to give thanks. Why is that? And how do you help children understand the importance of living in gratitude? The benefits of giving thanks are countless, and research shows those who choose to live with an attitude of gratitude tend to be far happier, have better relationships, and even live healthier … Read More 


20/20 Hindsight

We asked Michelle Abbott to share with us some of the insights she has discovered as a parent over the years.  She’s the mother of two young adult daughters and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  We loved her perspective and hope you find it helpful, as well! By Michelle Abbott When I was a young parent, I loved Jesus, … Read More 


Operation Joy 2017

Operation Joy is an opportunity to provide Christmas gifts to families who are struggling this year from within the Woodland Hills Church community and The Lift.  This partnership works with various departments of the church, including Heroes Gate, Echo, Resonate, and Care as well as The Lift in east St. Paul and Close to My Heart Preschool.  Each recipient is … Read More 


Fear Not

By Patrick Showers As parents, we’ve all experienced children overwhelmed by fear.  The source of their fear may vary from a monster under the bed to a new classroom to snakes to vegetables.  Whatever the source, their fears are real and troubling to them.  Our responses to their fears vary, as well.  You may become the bodyguard standing between them … Read More 


Connecting with Heroes Gate Online

We firmly believe kids of any age can know God’s love and share that love with others.  It’s why we’ve named our children’s ministry Heroes Gate – Because kids are heroes in God’s Kingdom, too, and we want to do everything we can to help them reach their full hero potential. We also know parenting and working with kids isn’t … Read More 


Be a Summertime Hero!

It’s almost summer, when our school-year volunteers take a break! Be a summertime hero and join us as we give them a break. Volunteer in infants, toddlers, preschool, elementary, special needs or help us out as a gate keeper. You can sign up online by filling out this form or by stopping by the Heroes Gate Desk here at Woodland … Read More 


4 Kids!

Starting May 29th, the majority of Heroes Gate school year volunteers will take a well deserved summer break. That means there are 14 Sundays of summer where we’ll need volunteers! We have 4 age groups available: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool and Elementary. No experience needed, no preparation and you won’t have to teach. Consider serving 4 Sundays (or more) this summer … Read More 


Parent Night Out

Parents, take the night off knowing your children are having a great time! Parent Night Out is on Tuesday, February 14 from 6:00-9:00pm here at the church. Heroes Gate staff and volunteers will provide fun activities, a movie, crafts and a light snack for children ages birth through 5th grade. Free if children are preregistered before February 8th, otherwise $10 per … Read More 


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