September Preview Pack

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

September 6: We’re excited to have a fabulous entertainer, Kyle Jorris, coming to Heroes Gate to both wow and teach our preschoolers-6th graders with his message of God’s faithfulness in the midst of fears. It’s sure to be a fun morning filled with fantastic feats and a wonderful message.

September 13: For our fall kick-off lesson, preschool (Sheep and Ponies)-6th grade will be learning together about the Creation and the Fall (Genesis 1-3) and how our mistakes don’t change God’s love for us. The younger preschoolers and toddlers will also be enjoying their own lesson about God’s beautiful Creation that morning.

September 20: Toddlers through 4th graders will follow along as we go through the story of Jacob and Esau and learn you can’t run away from your problems (Genesis 25:19-34; 27-28:9; 29-33:20). Club 56 kids will discuss the topic: Who or what influences you?

September 27: Toddlers through 4th graders will follow Joseph’s journey to forgiveness with his brothers and learn that remembering God’s love helps us forgive others. Club 56 kids will discuss the topic: How do leaders influence us?

Book Review: A Perfect Pet for Peyton

By Paula Bowlby, Associate Early Childhood Pastor

Woodland Hills Church

When we decided that we wanted to review a few books for the summer, I excitedly got on my computer to research what new book I wanted to review. I love research, so this was an assignment I got right on and dove into. I decided I didn’t want the traditional parenting book or traditional children’s story, so I went to work trying to find something that might be in-between them both. I settled on the book A Perfect Pet for Peyton by Rick Osborne and Gary Chapman.  I chose this book because it is well illustrated, has fun ins and outs and it is about LOVE LANGUAGES! Some of you may have heard me teach on the 5 Love Languages or you may have read this blog article on the 5 Love Languages. Love Languages are awesome! I like the 5 Love Languages because I think it is important to not only know how you feel loved but to look outside yourself and love others how they will feel loved. We are all created in our own unique and special way, and it is important to embrace that AND embrace the difference of others.

A Perfect Pet for Peyton has some really fun aspects to it including a free app that you can download, a hidden insect on each page, and a fun educational component. If you have an elementary-aged child, you could research some of the animals that are listed on the different pages. There are also so great vocabulary-building words highlighted on the pages. The book goes through and explains love languages at a child’s level. Preschoolers will love finding the animals, looking at the illustrations and the book’s message. Elementary-aged children will like all of the above and will be challenged to figure out their love language and the love languages of those around them. There is even a fun quiz at the back of the book to help kids figure out what their love language might be.

This is a sweet book on one of my favorite subjects. I think it is worth the read and will benefit your kids by helping them know themselves and others better. Purposeful parenting and teaching life skills are an important part of everyday parenting, and this is a fun way to do it. The book might help you get to know your awesome kids just a little bit better, too, and aid you in showing them their unsurpassable worth in Jesus. A Perfect Pet for Peyton definitely deserves a look.

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Staff Bio: Teresa Sayles

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On a cold winter day in a small town along the Minnesota/South Dakota border, Teresa Sayles was born. Gifted (or cursed?) with a vivid imagination, she spent countless hours pretending and creating stories – Sometimes with the help of friends and siblings and sometimes all on her own…when the others got tired of dealing with her. She attended the University of Minnesota, Morris, where she received a degree in history with a minor in theatre arts. She spent her college summers working at Trout Lake Camp near Brainerd where she also did a full-year internship following graduation. Then, it was off to the “big city” and an exciting new job at Woodland Hills Church. For her first year, Teresa served as the Children’s Ministry’s Elementary Small Group Coordinator (say that fast three times!), but they soon realized she was not good at math and kept giving the wrong amounts of cotton balls, pipe cleaners, and glue sticks to the groups, so they shifted her over to the Large Group area, where she could create and tell stories and avoid math to her heart’s content. Teresa now oversees the weekly lessons in the Story Fort and Clubhouse and writes the lesson curriculum for toddlers through 4th grade. Her favorite part of her job (aside from easy access to fruit snacks) is getting to know the kids on Sundays and helping them know God’s love as they discover their place in His amazing story. She recently went on her “dream vacation” to Ireland and hopes to go back someday…someday…If she had a million dollars, she would probably faint because she never wins anything. But upon waking, she would probably buy that cozy cottage in Ireland she’s always dreamed of along with a vat of Dramamine for the flights to and fro. Something few people know about Teresa is she can often be found on her day off providing the voice for a cartoon character named Clara. Seriously, she does.

As you can tell, our creative Teresa wrote most of her own bio with a few additions from me. Teresa has been at Woodland almost 10 years, and we are blessed to have her here.