March Preview Pack

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

March 5: Toddlers-4th Grade will learn the importance of having an attitude of gratitude through the story of the 10 lepers (Luke 17:11-19).  Club 56 kids will talk about the question: Why and how does God want me to overcome fears?

March 12: Toddlers-4th Grade will listen to the parable of the sower and discover it’s important to plant yourself in “good soil” (Matthew 13:1-23; Mark 4:1-20; Luke 8:1-15).  Club 56 kids will talk about the question: How can I live a fearless life?

March 19: Toddlers-4th Grade will discover the depths of Jesus’ love as they hear the parable of the lost sheep (Luke 15:1-7).  Club 56 kids will talk about the question: How do I deal with an anxious heart?

March 26: Toddlers-4th Grade will rejoice as they hear about God’s forgiveness through the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32).  Club 56 kids will talk about the topic: Revolting against religion.

You Are Enough

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By Paula Bowlby, Associate Early Childhood Pastor

Woodland Hills Church

Lately, I have been asking myself, how do my words and actions build up others in a positive way, in an honest way and in a Kingdom way. In this instance, when I think about the Kingdom I look at it in two ways: 1. How does God see me and others? 2. How can I help others see themselves as God sees them?

I stumbled upon a graphic on Facebook several months back and I saved it. I keep going back to it to see how I implement some of the ideas those around me.    http://www.dyslexicadvantage.org/?s=66+positive+things+to+say+to+your+child

66 Positive things to say to your child is the title but upon taking a closer look, I saw God speaking to me and you in these words. As a child of God, we are seen by God and loved by God in ways that we can only imagine. Imagine yourself talking to God. He is saying all these words to you.

  • Your words are meaningful
  • I love being your parent
  • You are important
  • Your opinions matter
  • You make me happy
  • I trust you
  • I forgive you
  • You can try again tomorrow
  • I could never stop loving you
  • You are enough
  • I love you

As you build your children and others up, remind them that God feels this way about them. Sometimes as parents and friends, we need to hear the words first. Jesus says to you: I love you, you can try again tomorrow, you are enough.

Lesson Trailer for February 19th

Most Sundays, our Elementary kids watch a short “movie trailer” featuring the next week’s story. This Sunday, February 19th, kids will discover how God can take our acts of kindness and giving and multiply them in amazing ways through the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 (Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-15).

Love Makes Cents 2017

By Teresa Sayles, Children’s Creative Arts Director

Woodland Hills Church

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For a number of years, we have used the month of February in Heroes Gate to give kids the opportunity to show Christ-like love to kids around the world through giving.  Children kindergarten-6th grade each receives a cardboard bank box he/she can use for collecting donations, and preschoolers are encouraged to visit the LMC table in the hallway between preschool and elementary to pick up a box if they want to help.

Over the years, we’ve partnered with several ministries that are doing amazing work in the lives of kids in Haiti, Rwanda, Costa Rica, and Mexico.  This year, we’re returning to our partnership with Living Hope International’s Esperanza Viva Youth Homes in Mexico.  These ministries, located in the cities of Puebla and Matamoros, provide 24/7 care and love to children and youth whose families can no longer care for them.  Many of the children at Esperanza Viva have had to endure life on the streets, abuse and rejection by family members, and neglect and malnutrition.  Arriving at Esperanza Viva, they are enveloped by people who show them the love of Christ, provide them with an education, and care for their needs.  Many of the more than 500 children who have called Esperanza Viva home over the years have gone on to post-secondary school and/or gone into ministry work.

In 2015, we partnered with Esperanza Viva through Love Makes Cents to purchase new bedding, blankets, and pillows for the kids there.  The kids raised an amazing $1,622.48 that year over the course of the four weeks of February!  Here are some pictures we received afterwards of the kids enjoying their new bedding.

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This year, we’re excited to help Esperanza Viva purchase some new mattresses as well as 15 bicycles for the kids to use as they get exercise and enjoy time outdoors.  We’re encouraging the kids of Heroes Gate to help us raise money to buy the “beds and bikes” in a variety of ways including sacrificing from their own piggy banks, doing extra chores around the home or for family members, or even selling some of their old toys.  An additional way we are encouraging kids to consider giving is through a matching partnership with you!  We would love it if you would prayerfully consider matching whatever donations your child is able to raise this month.  It would be an excellent way to not only encourage your child to give, but it would be an example to them of sacrificial giving on your part, as well.

If you have questions about Love Makes Cents or our partnership with Esperanza Viva, you can contact Patrick Showers at pshowers@whchurch.org.