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Ministry Changes During Coronavirus

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June 14 Update:

Click here for the most recent announcement about in-person weekend services.

During this time of staying safely at home, our worship services will be streamed live each Sunday at 10am. Information on how to participate can be found here. In addition to our services, most of our ministries have also moved online – check out the updates below!


Prayer Requests in WH App

Remember that we do have a Prayer section in our app. There, you are able to post needs for prayer (anonymously if preferred) and commit to pray for others. Info and instructions on how to download the app can be found here.

Prayer Requests – Individual and Missions

We have a group that prays for the individual requests of the church as well as our missionary requests. They meet on the phone at 6:30pm on Tuesdays. For more information about this opportunity via conference call, contact Jerry at 651-431-8929 and he can give you the call-in info.

TRIO Individual Prayer Meetings

Our TRIO team is going to meet online with those who want to have a time of prayer with a focus on building your connection with Jesus or with taking steps to address issues of spiritual warfare. For more information, contact us at prayerministry@whchurch.org.

Prayer Together

Join others from the church to pray for Woodland Hills as the Holy Spirit leads. You can join us on Zoom.us at 6:30pm on Wednesday evenings as we unite with one another in the power of prayer. For more info about how to join, contact Rob at rkistler@whchurch.org.

Connect By Age

Heroes Gate

Heroes Gate has gone live for our kids with fun, Jesus-centered teachings! Join us on Mondays and Wednesdays for a Facebook watch party with live interaction. Preschool will start the fun at 10am, Elementary at 10:15 and Club 56 at 10:30. Tune in at Facebook.com/HeroesGate. You can also view the same content posted to our YouTube channel!


Echo has had an amazing year even with all the changes due to COVID. We’ve had weekly worship live-streams and lesson on Wednesday nights, and were able to move our Journey Groups online so we could all stay connected! Now we are transitioning into our summer programming and here’s what we have planned: We’ll be posting fun weekly videos featuring people from our community, as well as holding monthly online events & worship live-streams where we’ll be able to connect as a large group! We are so excited for you to join us for our Echo Summer! Follow, like, and subscribe to us on our Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube channel to stay connected!

65+ Group

The 65+ Group will have a number of activities going on throughout the summer, including morning devotions, afternoon movies, and BINGO. For each of these events, an invite will be sent a few days before. Please contact Mary at manderson@whchurch.org to take part. Hope you’ll join us!

Find Support

Lay Counseling

Our lay counselors are continuing their work through online platforms such as Zoom and Google Hangouts. If you need to talk with someone about struggles you are having, our lay counselors are available. Contact Trista at tweber@whchurch.org for more information.


While we very much want to support and offer our help during the death of your loved one, we need to be creative in ways to honor your family and the directives of the government to not meet in large groups. Please call Mary at 651-287-2059 or manderson@whchurch.org to discuss what we can do to assist with your funeral needs.

Refuge Support Groups

At The Refuge, we are working on ways to stay connected online, and working with our group leaders to find ways for our groups to stay connected with each other. You can follow our Facebook page at Facebook.com/RefugeWHC to stay connected. Contact Dan at dkent@whchurch.org with any questions.

Day Care

We’re doing all that we can to make sure Close to My Heart Daycare stays open and continues their mission in the safest way possible. The teachers there are passionate about providing a nurturing environment for each child, and with that in mind, our Facilities staff are committed to keeping shared spaces sanitized and germ-free. Our receptionist is also on-site greeting families and reminding everyone to wash their hands as they enter the building.

Food Shelf

With Merrick’s staff having to condense to their other location due to the influx of volunteers and families in need, we put our heads together and offered to pay for extra deliveries and have some of our staff run the food shelf here on their behalf. Because of this, Merrick has been able to increase their distribution by 50 percent! You can learn more here (March 30) and here (May 7).

Classes & Other Groups

Cultivate Classes

We are prayerfully considering our next steps for Cultivate Classes over the summer. We’ll keep you posted on that, as well as any plans for a fall session! We’re also looking at ways to offer more educational and growth opportunities online. Please email Becky at bcote@whchurch.org if you would like to be updated by email about these offerings.

Gathering Groups

Our Gathering Groups have moved to meeting virtually during this time. Our Group Discussion Guide will be posted here each week alongside our live-stream for anyone who wants to use the material on your own. If you do not have people to meet with but are interested in participating remotely, contact Shawna at sboren@whchurch.org. More info on Gathering Groups here.

Men’s Bible Study

The Saturday Men’s Bible Study is meeting on Zoom at 8am Saturday mornings to continue to support one another and open the Word together. Reach out to Don at dkdowning@comcast.net for more info about how to join in.

The Wednesday night Men’s Bible Study will also be meeting online for midweek fellowship and encouragement with other men in our body. Contact Brian Ross at 612-670-1251 or Briross54@gmail.com for info on how to connect to the meeting.


Sojourners house churches are still meeting weekly via Zoom. If you are interested in “video-visiting” a house church gathering, contact Kevin at kcallaghan@whchurch.org.

4 thoughts on “Ministry Changes During Coronavirus

    Joan says: Friday March 27, 2020 at 3:49 am

    Hi Church,
    I miss worshiping and listening to the sermons in person, but God is making even Covid19 a thing of beauty in that…People are getting out and walking as families in the fresh air, Children are coloring with chalk words of encouragement on streets and side walks, the weather is wonderful to do these outside activities, people are showing kindness in stores, families are drawing closer, etc. I really feel this is a Romans 8:28 season we are going through! The devil meant it for harm to us, but God is bringing good out of this time, people are making up songs with instruments at home and going viral, there is even a group called the Sofa Singers an international internet choir! That I plan on joining. And the daily walking outside is creating a new habit for those who maybe never walked before, they have more than 21 days to make it a healthy new habit!

    I had a thought for Paul Eddy, wouldn’t it be great while the world is hunkered down, and stuck at home and searching for positive answers, to have a live internet class of his Bible 101. I loved this class 2-3 years ago and learned so much! I have atheist school friends and some family members who really would learn from this class! Paul has a way of teaching that is laid back, easy to follow, and listen to, he is kind, caring about others questions etc.

    This thought just came to me while awake trying to sleep, singing the song “Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper, light in the darkness”. And as I sang it, the thought of how God shines in the darkest of times came to my mind, then I thought about my unsaved, unbelieving friends who don’t have the peace of God to lean on during this shut down, sick, stuck home time.

    The world needs to hear about Bible 101! What really started me thinking was a negative response about the Bible on F.B. giving a number of what Greg called “twisted scripture’s” as a reason not to believe in a loving God!

    I’m praying and thanking God for how He is bringing light and encouragement, during this Covid19 virus time. I even wonder if Jesus may be returning during this time. Amen. Love you all at Woodland Hills Church and pray for you all. Stay safe and of good cheer, God is still on the throne!😉✝️💗

    Janet says: Thursday April 2, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    We need to have one of our old fashioned BBQ parties when this is over!

    I’ve been praying into “what does God want WHC to look like when this is over?” I feel such a stirring… I don’t think we are to look the same.
    Not that we’ve been doing things “wrong” I just think God is ushering in a new season for the church at large, but also for us at WHC.

      Paige Slighter says: Monday April 13, 2020 at 10:34 am

      It will be wonderful when we can all come together again, one big party! Agreed! God is at work!
      – Paige from the Communications Team


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