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Parent Night Out

By Patrick Showers, Associate Elementary Pastor

Woodland Hills Church

As a parent, we hear a lot of internal and external noise reminding us how crucial it is for us to invest time, energy, and love into our kids.  The experts warn us about the danger of not spending enough quality time, not reading enough, or not being diligent enough.  We also have voices in our mind pointing out our mistakes, our lack of effort, or any other of a thousand ways to make us feel guilty.

Yet, I’m confident that most of us are putting the needs of our kids before our own much of the time.  We sacrifice sleep, we burn through free time helping kids with homework, we chauffer kids all over the county, we volunteer to help with sports teams, and we work to ensure that kids have all the equipment needed for all their activities.

One thing experts have said that often gets lost in all the noise about what parents should be doing is the importance of a parent taking care of him or herself.  A crucial element to being a good parent is being rested, energized, and healthy.  Caring for our heart, our mind, our body, and our soul.  We only have so much to give of ourselves, and when our tank is empty, then our kids are in an emotional drought.

If you are like me, it is difficult to put importance on doing things to ensure that I’m well cared for rather than doing stuff for my kids or others.  Somewhere in our psyche, we’ve got a misguided sense of selflessness that can be unhealthy.  I think this parent guilt is emphasized in our culture and reinforced in our daily comparisons to other parents.

Whatever the reason, I think it is about time you recharged your internal love bank, and your kids will benefit from it.

We’ve got a great solution that not only helps you but also ensures that your kids are safe, welcome, and having a great time!


Tuesday, February 14th

From 6 – 9 pm

Check in begins at 5:45 pm

For kids birth – 5th grade

Fun activities, a light snack, games, crafts, a bouncy house and more!

All you’ve got to do is register before February 8th (after that it is $10 per child) to keep it free.

Click Here register

I encourage you as parents to build time to recharge your batteries as a part of your normal routine.  It benefits you and your family.  It is a win-win and worth the effort to arrange your schedule and say no to all the possibilities as well as that internal voice trying to guilt you into being an emotionally drained martyr.

Free Finding Dory Movie Night


Join us this Friday night (November 18th) at Woodland Hills for a free showing of the new Disney/Pixar movie, Finding Dory!  We’ll have some free popcorn and Goldfish crackers for you as well as games and prizes.  Come dressed as your favorite character from the movies, and you can be part of our costume parade!  You could even have your picture taken with Dory and friends in our photo booth.  So bring a blanket or chair as well as some friends and family and come on over!  The fun starts at 6:15pm on Friday night!

Celebration of Life


By Paula Bowlby, Associate Early Childhood Pastor

Woodland Hills Church

In life, we have milestones. First birthdays, starting school, turning 16, graduating from high school, and turning 21 are all examples of milestones in an individual’s life. In Heroes Gate, we have some similar milestones. Celebration of Life, which is child dedication, is the first milestone in a child’s life at church.

What is COL?

Baby dedication and child dedication are the act of giving back to God the gift he has given you as parents. It is an act of worship, thanksgiving, dependence, trust, and commitment. The practice of child dedication has been modeled throughout the Bible.

Why do you dedicate instead of baptize?

We at Woodland Hills Church believe the Bible teaches that baptism should take place after a person has made a personal choice to follow Jesus Christ. Faith is not passed on to a child through dedication; rather, in a dedication, parents are making a commitment to raise their child in the training and instruction of the Lord with the desire that one day their child will choose to become a Christ follower and be baptized. We believe baptism is a statement of faith of the individual while dedication is a statement of the faith of the parents and their desire to model their faith to their children.

Children are such a precious gift. In Heroes Gate, it is our mission to partner with you as parents with the goal of nurturing your children spiritually. COL is a beautiful marker of the commitment parents make to do their best to model and provide opportunities for their children to learn to know Jesus.

Our next dedication will be held on November 5, 2016. This dedication is full. To sign up for our February or May dedications, go to

Music Fest Event Tonight!


We are SO excited to be co-hosting tonight’s Music Fest event at Woodland Hills!  It’s a free evening of music, fun, games, bouncy house, dancing, and tacos for the whole family.  The weather is looking great, so bring some chairs or a blanket, come meet other WHC families, and spend the evening with us out on the green grass in front of the church!  Hope to see you there!

Thank You, Volunteers!


By Paula Bowlby, Associate Early Childhood Pastor

Woodland Hills Church

Our school year has almost wrapped up, and summer is nearly upon us. The regular volunteers that you see week after week will soon be on summer hiatus. We as a Heroes Gate staff would like to thank our regular volunteers for all they have done over the past year and send them off with blessings and prayers as they take a break for the summer.

We know there are many wonderful stories about how our volunteers have blessed your family throughout this year. Whether it was going above and beyond to make sure your child felt loved, a volunteer’s big, welcoming smile, or a hug or a personal note, I am sure you have experienced care from our volunteers in some way this year. Our volunteers are awesome and give so much to the kids of Heroes Gate! A few stories we have heard and seen this past year include volunteers setting up snack like a tea party for the little girls, playing hide and go seek in the room, bringing ice cream treats, helping out with Club 56 fun nights, and providing plants for Mother’s Day.

Our volunteers partner with you each week to provide a safe and loving environment for your kids to learn about Jesus. They pray for your kids and strategize with us to make Sunday a great day for your kids so they learn to love Jesus.

This Sunday, we’re excited to provide cards for you or your child to write his or her leader a note. Would you take some time this week or on Sunday at the card station to thank the volunteers who have poured love and care into your child this year? Would you pray with us that we are able to staff the rooms for summer so that no child is turned away? And would you consider giving 4 Sundays this summer so other children can hear about Jesus? We’d love to have you join us for a fun and exciting summer in Heroes Gate!  Sign up is easy and online!  Or you can chat with any HG staff on a Sunday morning, and we’d be happy to talk about what summer opportunities might fit you best.

We have such wonderful volunteers! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all that you have done for the kids in Heroes Gate!

**Parents and Volunteers: Tell us how you or your child have been blessed this year in the comment section below!

Easter Weekend Services

We wanted to remind those of you who attend Woodland Hills reguarly that this Easter weekend things will be a little different.

First off, there is a Good Friday service at 7pm.  However, it isn’t recommended for children under 12 as some of its themes will be more on the mature side.  If your family does still wish to attend, there will be children’s activity packets available that include an Easter coloring book.

Our Saturday service will be at its normal time of 5pm.

On Easter Sunday, we will be offering three morning services – 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30.  We highly recommend you try to be early or right on time as we anticipate higher numbers of visitors this weekend.  Due to our shorter service time, we will begin lessons for the children earlier than usual, which is another reason we are encouraging families to try to be on time this weekend.

We’re excited to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior with your family this weekend!

Finding Nemo Movie and Beach Party Event


We’re “totally stoked” as a certain sea turtle might say for this coming Friday’s free all church movie and beach party event!  Doors open at 6:15, and the fun begins at 6:30 with games and contests followed by a showing of Pixar’s “Finding Nemo.”  Free popcorn and Goldfish snacks will be available.  If you’d prefer to bring your own comfy camp chairs or a blanket to spread on the floor, please do.  Kids can come dressed in their favorite summer wear (shorts, t-shirt, sandals) or in a costume of their favorite character from the movie.  We hope to see you then!