April Preview Pack

Here’s a look ahead to what we’ll be learning in Heroes Gate in the month of April:

April 5: Toddlers through 4th graders will celebrate the joy of Easter and the good news of Christ’s resurrection (Matthew 26:14-28:10; Mark 14:12-16:8; Luke 22:1-24:12; John 13:1-20:18). Club 56 kids will also celebrate the risen Savior as they continue their “Uprising” series.

April 12: Toddlers through 4th graders will how Jesus appeared to two of His disciples on Easter and showed them how the Scriptures points to Him (Luke 24:13-49). Club 56 kids will learn the origins and boldness of the Early Church in this next part of their “Uprising” series.

April 19: Toddlers through 4th graders will be encouraged as they learn that it’s okay to have questions and doubts through the story of Jesus’ disciple Thomas (John 20:19-29). Club 56 kids will discuss the topic: What is baptism and why is it important?

April 26: Toddlers through 4th graders will be amazed as they hear how Peter and John were bold and stood up for what they believed even when they were on trial (Acts 3:1-4:22). Club 56 kids will not have a regular lesson this day as 5th graders will be doing a discussion on the Biblical perspective on body development and 6th graders will be invited to an open house to introduce them to the Echo youth ministry.

“What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?” Is That the Question?


By Paula Bowlby, Associate Early Childhood Pastor

Woodland Hills Church

What do you want to be when you grow up? How many times have you heard this question? If you are like me, you heard it when you were growing up and you still hear it asked of your child today. Myself, I am a live in the moment kind of gal. I dream about the future and imagine what it would be like but I don’t necessarily plan for the future. As I raised my children, I dreamt about what they would be doing, where they would live and what my role would be in their lives. My dreams took twists and turns; some of it came to pass while many of the dreams did not. As my children grew, my focus shifted from what I wanted them to be when they grew up to whom I wanted them to be when they grew up.

The question I would like to propose today is WHO do you want your children to be when they grow up? What character qualities would you like them to have? What values would you like them to have? How would you like them to interact with each other and those around them? What are you doing to propel this forward?

A friend is hurting. My daughter got the call: “I need you.” Tests loom, a forgotten paper needs to be written, and I watch my exhausted daughter process her choices. She can put her friend off or she can try to get it all done. Who is she going to be? Is she going to put school first or people first? Does she put herself first or others first? Who is she going to be?

We as parents get the privilege daily to help develop who are children are going to be. We get to help instill the values that we feel are important. For both live-in-the-moment and future-planning parents, instilling values this way works! We are daily molding our kids’ characters plus helping them decide who they are going to be while shaping their future.

“People are more important than grades,” my daughter said out loud as I drove her to be with her friend. In that moment, I was pleased with who she had decided to be. It is the who not the what that furthers the Kingdom and furthers relationships. So as we raise our children and decide what school they should attend, help them pick their classes/activities, and have them home for the summer, let’s take time to pray on how we can help them become WHO God created them to be.

Staff Bio: Kerry Rankin

It is time for another staff bio! This month’s bio is Kerry Rankin, our Early Childhood Coordinator. Kerry has been here a long, long time. We are glad she has stayed, and we are thankful for her.

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Hi, I’m Kerry!

Before coming to work at Woodland Hills, I worked 7 years as a legal secretary for a workers’ compensation attorney.  I’ve been on staff with the Children’s Ministry for 13 years and love working with the early childhood families.  It is a blessing to be a part of showing Jesus’ love to the little ones in the Heroes Gate hallways.

Being a local girl, I went to Northwestern College in Roseville where I met and married my husband, Jim.  We have three boys that bring much energy, laughter and life to our house!  When the weather is warm, you can usually find me outside on a walk, watching baseball games or camping.  And, whenever I get a chance to travel, I am ready to go!

One thing people may not know about me is I love watching old time movies and musicals.  And am usually convinced I can sing and dance, like the legends by the end.  Trust me, I can’t!

Love Makes Cents Final Update

We have our grand total for Love Makes Cents: The kids of Heroes Gate raised $1,622.48!  Wow!  We are so proud of our kids who have given generously and shown such amazing love to other kids in need!  Every penny will be going to Esperanza Viva Children’s Home, based in Puebla, Mexico, where they will use the money to buy pillows, blankets, and other nighttime necessities to help give the kids there “sweet dreams” each night.  Thanks again so much to those who were able to donate!