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Family Rituals

What are Family Rituals?

Family Rituals are practices that families in the Woodland Hills community do consistently in their homes to help them connect and live out their faith as families and individuals. Family Rituals provide a place where kids and parents can share their faith, their struggles, and wrestle with questions that they may have. Learn a bit more about it here.

The two types we cover are Family Meal Time and Family Bedtime Rituals.

Who develops the Family Rituals?

Dr. Bill Doherty (Family Therapist) introduced the idea of Family Rituals to Woodland Hills. He has worked with church staff and families to develop family rituals that are simple and effective in getting families connected to each other and growing in their faith.

Training Sessions

Training sessions are great ways to get a feel for each ritual in action. These sessions include a detailed description of each ritual, examples of families practicing the ritual, and time to answer questions.

Join us on Sunday, April 28 at 11:30 in North A for pizza and to learn about Woodland Hills’ Family Bedtime Ritual. Children will get to make a craft that ties into the Bedtime Ritual.

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Here are what some people who have been using the Mealtime Ritual have to say:

“We have really enjoyed learning and doing a meal ritual with our three teens. It is a great way to focus in on each person and to pray together.” —Johanna (Kids ages 12, 14, 16)

“Practicing the mealtime ritual taught us that our family, even with a young toddler, could really benefit from slowing down, sharing a meal together and intentionally connecting”  —Rachel (Child age 6)

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"My almost-three-year-old asks every day if we can go to church. Thank you, Woodland Hills, and all the Heroes Gate volunteers for creating such a great environment for kids. My husband and I met at WH six years ago and now our son counts down the days until we get to go again. My heart could burst."

– Lindsey