January Preview Pack

Here’s a look ahead to see what we’ll be learning in Heroes Gate this next month:

January 4: Toddlers through 4th grade will hear how Jesus spent quality time with God even as a child.  Club 56 kids will discuss the topic: Can God really do the impossible?

January 11: Toddlers through 4th grade will discover the shocking truths Jesus revealed in his Sermon on the Mount.  Club 56 kids will take some time to chat about how God expects us to love others as He does and what that looks like in our lives today.

January 18: Toddlers through 4th grade will be in awe as they hear how Jesus calmed a raging storm at sea. Club 56 kids will talk about why we should live God’s way.

January 25: Toddlers through 4th grade will celebrate as they hear how Jesus performed two miracles in one day: the healing of a woman who had been ill for years and the bringing back to life of a little girl who had died. Club 56 kids will discuss the question: Why does God wants us to be His hands of love to others?

Christmas Family Worship This Sunday

You and your family are invited to join us this Sunday, December 21, for a morning of worship and holiday celebration that’s offered during both services!  Sign your kids into their classrooms FIRST, and then head over to the HG Clubhouse with your family.  Our live band will be playing Christmas carols and worship songs, and there will be fun Christmas crafts and activities, as well.  Music starts at 9 and 11 and will be done by 9:30/11:30, allowing you to both worship with your kids AND head back into the Sanctuary to hear this weekend’s sermon!  If you have a kindergartener, preschooler, or toddler with you at worship, please drop him/her off at the classroom you signed him/her in at on your way back to the Sanctuary after worship.

Following the Light: An Advent Service This Friday Night

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What do an old-time radio show, a family snowed in without electricity, Christmas carols, poetry, a door on wheels, and a rap all have in common? Woodland Hills’ Advent Service: Following the Light!  Join us this Friday night at 7 for an evening of Christmas fun and meaningful reflection for the whole family as we celebrate this Advent season. Kids are encouraged to bring a blanket or stuffed animal to help them snuggle in for the evening, and they can even wear their pjs! You can also bring some of your favorite holiday treats to share afterwards. Hope to see you there!

Advent: A Time to Prepare and Praise

If your family is at all like mine growing up, you’re finding this season filled with a number of things: Busy schedules, Christmas decorating and tree choosing, holiday baking, gift buying and wrapping, parties and family gatherings – The list goes on. Sometimes, the holidays get here and pass so quickly and in such a blur, we feel we’ve missed what Christmas is really about.

Throughout church history, Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas, has reminded people to intentionally set aside time to remember and meditate on what Christ coming to earth really means and how God’s love was on full display that night in the stable with Mary and Joseph and a newborn baby. We encourage you and your family to take time throughout the next few weeks and allow yourselves to do the same. To help you prepare your hearts and minds for the birth of Christ, we’ve got some Advent resources and opportunities. Below are some links for fun and engaging Advent materials we’ve found and loved online. Some of these can be done one at a time as you like while others are designed to be done every day leading up to Christmas.

Blogger Adrielle Booker has a number of Advent resources she’s collected:

We also found Meredith, another blogger, had a brilliant Advent idea in connection with one of our favorite children’s Bibles: http://thekeytothedoor.blogspot.com/2009/11/infusing-christmas-with-christ-for-kids.html

And Willow Creek Church near Chicago put together some fun Advent cards full of activities and ideas for you and your family: http://www.willowcreek.org/media/chicago/documents/advent_cards_2014.pdf

We also invite your family to join us on December 12th at 7pm for special all-church Advent service entitled: Following the Light. Filled with fun skits in the fashion of old-time radio, live music and carol singing, poetry, and even a rap, we’re excited to help you celebrate together the wonder and joy of Christ’s birth. Goodies will be served afterwards, and you can bring some of your favorite holiday treats to share with others. And kids are encouraged to bring a blanket or stuffed animal to help them cuddle in for the evening as we unfold the Christmas story – They can even come in their pajamas!

However you decide to spend this Advent season, we encourage you to take the time with your family to celebrate, discuss, and thank God for the birth of His Son.