Category Archives: Summer

Super Summer Sneak Peak

Jesus Superhero Person

We’ve got some SUPER fun Sundays coming up this summer as kids learn about what it means to be a hero in God’s Kingdom through the examples set through people throughout history.

June 4: Toddlers-Preschoolers will set off on another Bible Adventure with Emily and friends and hear the story of Adam and Eve.  Elementary students will blast off into space to join the crew of the Konnect Space Station as they learn to put others first.

June 11: Toddlers will set off on another Bible Adventure with Emily and friends and hear the story of Joseph in Egypt.  Preschool-Elementary students will attend their first fun-filled day of SKA: Superheroes of the Kingdom Academy, where they’ll learn how we can love like Jesus.  Preschoolers will hear the story of how Jesus showed love to Zacchaeus while Elementary students will hear about the self-sacrificial love of Anabaptist Dirk Willems.

June 18: Toddlers will set off on another Bible Adventure with Emily and friends and hear the story of Moses and the burning bush.  Preschool-Elementary students will, in their second week of SKA, engage with the idea of trusting God to provide what we need. Preschoolers will be amazed by the trust of Abraham while Elementary students will be astonished at faith of children’s advocate George Muller.

June 25: Toddlers will set off on another Bible Adventure with Emily and friends and hear the story of young Samuel.  Preschool-Elementary students will, in their third week of SKA, hear how they can help others know Jesus.  Preschoolers will hear how the Apostle Paul helped others know Jesus while Elementary students will find out how a young rapper named Jordan Heywood is doing the same through his music.

July 2: Due to the holiday weekend, we will be returning to video this week with Toddlers-Preschoolers going on a Bible Adventure to hear about David and Goliath while Elementary students learn about responsibility with the crew of the Konnect Space Station.

July 9: Toddlers will set off on another Bible Adventure with Emily and friends and hear the story of Daniel.  Preschool-Elementary students will, in their fourth week of SKA, discover that, with God’s help, we can forgive others.  Preschoolers will learn from the example set in the story of the Prodigal Son while Elementary students will hear how Corrie ten Boom was able to forgive with God’s love the man who had betrayed her family in World War II.

July 16: Toddlers will set off on another Bible Adventure with Emily and friends and hear the story of Esther.  Preschool-Elementary students will, in their fifth week of SKA, hear how we are to do what’s right, even when it’s hard.  Preschoolers will see this demonstrated through the story of Nehemiah while Elementary students will look to the example set by Martin Luther King, Jr. as he worked for justice in the Civil Rights Movement.

July 23: Toddlers will set off on another Bible Adventure with Emily and friends and hear the story of Jesus healing a paralyzed man.  Preschool-Elementary will, in their sixth week of SKA, be encouraged to look for ways to serve and help others, especially those in need.  Preschoolers will look at how Jesus helped Jarius and brought his daughter back to life while Elementary students will hear how Mother Teresa gave her life to helping the poorest of the poor and the outcast.

July 30: Toddlers will set off on another Bible Adventure with Emily and friends and hear the story of how Jesus taught people about God’s Kingdom.  Preschool-Elementary students will, in their final week of SKA, be reminded that God is always with us.  Preschoolers will learn this through the story of the Lost Sheep while Elementary students will hear first-hand how God was with Brother Yun when he was arrested for preaching about Jesus in China.

August 6: Toddlers-Preschoolers will set off on another Bible Adventure with Emily and friends and hear how Jesus fed over 5,000 people only five loaves of bread and two fish.  Elementary students will blast off into space to join the crew of the Konnect Space Station as they learn what it means to have courage.

August 13: Toddlers-Preschoolers will set off on another Bible Adventure with Emily and friends and hear the story of Palm Sunday.  Elementary students will blast off into space to join the crew of the Konnect Space Station as they learn more about what it means to have courage.

August 20: Toddlers-Preschoolers will set off on another Bible Adventure with Emily and friends and hear how God sent His Spirit to the first Jesus-followers.  Elementary students will blast off into space to join the crew of the Konnect Space Station as they learn more about what it means to have courage.

August 27: Toddlers-Preschoolers will set off on another Bible Adventure with Emily and friends and hear how everyone is welcome in God’s family.  Elementary students will blast off into space to join the crew of the Konnect Space Station as they learn more about what it means to have courage.

Music Fest Event Tonight!

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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!

Family Devotional – Worship

By Teresa Sayles, Children’s Ministry Creative Arts Director

Woodland Hills Church

The thousands of athletes competing in the Olympics this summer have had to do a lot of work to get there. And they each have a lot to be thankful for. Many of them would say a big reason they are even at the games is because of the support and encouragement of friends and family as well as coaches and fellow athletes. Although they may win a gold medal seemingly all on their own, that medal really belongs to many who helped that athlete get to the podium.

If an athlete has a lot to be thankful for, then we who know the love of God have a whole lot more we can be thankful about! We know that God’s love for us is never-ending and never-changing – He loves us no matter what! We know that God is always with us and never leaves us, even when things are sad or scary. And we know that Jesus died and rose from the dead so that our broken relationship with God could be fixed and we could be with Him forever! And, on top of all that, God continues to bless us with family and friends and countless other things each day. We really do have A LOT to be thankful for!

Explain to your kids that God doesn’t want us to worship Him because it’s “what we’re supposed to do.” He wants us to worship Him because we love Him so much and realize how He has blessed us and helped us each day! Read Mark 12:28-34 together and point out that in verse 33, the man Jesus is speaking with says that loving God and others is better than giving offerings and sacrifices, the way they were used to worshipping God in those days, and that Jesus agrees with the man, saying that he is wise to say so. The man and Jesus were both saying that God doesn’t care how we worship – What he cares about is why we worship! He wants us to worship because we love Him SO MUCH!

As a family, spend some time worshipping God in unique and fun ways this week. Perhaps you put on some worship music or find some worship videos online and sing and dance together. Maybe you go for a walk on a nice day and praise God for all the cool and beautiful things in nature that you can see. You could create a mural or different works of art showing things that each member of the family is thankful for, or you could choose to show your worship through serving others in your neighborhood or community together as a family.

You can also download this coloring page for your kids to decorate as they think of ways they can worship God this week.

Video Lessons from Sunday July 31st

As we finished our final Fruits of the Spirit lesson on July 24th and will be starting our exciting Olympic-themed Holy Spirit unit this coming Sunday, August 7th, we took a break this past weekend from our regular live lessons.  Instead, we played videos for the kids that taught them about the importance of communication and listening to others and how God makes us brave. These videos come from Life.Church, and we wanted to share a link with you in case you wanted to catch what your child watched this past Sunday (or if they weren’t here and wanted to see what their classmates watched).

For Elementary: Follow the link below and go to the section entitled – “Part 1 – How to Answer: Anger, Congratulations, I’m Sorry” and find the “Teaching Segment Video” area – click the arrow on the right to show the viewing options. Click the “Preview” button beside the MOV, MP4, or WMV formats – whichever you prefer.

https://open.church/resources/2068-konnect-stand-alone-episodes

For Toddlers and Preschool: Follow the link below and to the first section (Group Elements). Go to the “Message Video” section and click the arrow on the right for viewing options. Click the “Preview” button beside the MOV, MP4, or WMV formats – whichever you prefer.

https://open.church/resources/2204-a-voice-in-the-night

Family Devotional: Gentleness

This week, we finished our last lesson on the Fruits of the Spirit.   August 7-21, we will be learning about interacting with God and the Holy Spirit through prayer, worship, and the Bible, all with an Olympics theme! Each of these lesson weeks, our staff will bring you a devotional idea you can use with your kids to help them take what they just learned on Sunday morning and integrate it into their daily lives.

By Patrick Showers, Associate Elementary Pastor

Woodland Hills Church

Being the parent of three little girls did not prepare me for having a son. My girls seemed innately gentle with their toys, especially dolls & stuffed animals. Even when they were upset with each other, they wouldn’t push or shove. Each time a new baby came into our house, they would clamor around to take turns holding and cuddling with the expertise of a well-seasoned grandma. When my son was able to begin crawling and walkie, I soon learned that he handled his toys very differently than his sisters. He wasn’t gentle with his clothes, his food, or with his toys. Don’t get me wrong, he wasn’t purposely damaging his stuff, but instead he played hard. Crashes, high speeds, squealing, and oops were a constant part of his daily life.
When he was two years old, his first cousin was born. We wondered how this seemingly ungentle toddler would respond to a baby crawling around and grabbing his toys. Their first interactions revealed a side of our son we didn’t realize was there. He was patient, gentle, and shared willingly, even when a toy was ripped from his grasp. Over the past 4 years, he has had lots of practice with babies, toddlers, and even preschool cousins interfering with his activities, grabbing his toys, and even breaking his stuff. Yet, through it all he has been extremely patient and gentle.

Galatians 5 describes one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit’s presence in our life as gentleness. What is gentleness? It is the humble and meek attitude of wanting to help other people instead of wanting to be superior to them. This attitude flows from a spirit of real love for the individual—having true, outgoing concern for his or her well-being. This attitude is shown in how we think about, treat, and what we say to others. Jesus lived His life by humbly responding to others with gentleness instead of asserting His authority or power over them. He patiently cared for people and desired that all would find healing in God’s love and grace.

Gentleness isn’t our normal response in every situation. If someone tries to take something from us, breaks our stuff, or yells at us, our first response doesn’t usually sound gentle. Instead, we may get angry, yell back, or worse. The key here is spending time with Jesus. When we spend time in prayer, in worship, reading the Bible, and with other Christians, we find it easier to respond like Jesus would.

Ask your kids to think about how much they learn and understand during the school year. They may have mastered addition or multiplication, but when they take three months off during the summer, they can start to forget some of what they learned. Instead of being really good at it, they may struggle until they’ve had some practice. Spending time with Jesus helps us to grow, learn new skills, and respond to tough situations with His help. When we are away from Him for a while, we start to forget or lose some of these skills.

Gentleness also takes some practice. Try role-playing some scenarios that usually cause members of your family to get upset or angry. Then try out some responses that involve being gentle instead. If we practice enough times, then this new skill can become automatic. For example, when you first began to read, you were probably slow. Over time, with practice, your reading got better and better.

Here’s a challenge for your family: Try spending 5 minutes each day with Jesus. It can be in prayer, worship, Bible reading, or writing to Him. Then watch for opportunities to respond with gentleness instead of anger and help each other with gentle reminders as situations occur.

Family Devotional: Faithfulness

This summer, we’re excited to have two different lesson units for the Preschool-Elementary kids on Sunday mornings! June 5-26 and July 10-24, we will be doing a Dr. Seuss-inspired unit on the Fruits of the Spirit, and August 7-21, we will be learning about interacting with God and the Holy Spirit through prayer, worship, and the Bible, all with an Olympics theme! Each of these lesson weeks, our staff will bring you a devotional idea you can use with your kids to help them take what they just learned on Sunday morning and integrate it into their daily lives.

By Teresa Sayles, Children’s Creative Arts Director

Woodland Hills Church

In our world, a person’s word isn’t always something we can count on. But God is always faithful to what He says and promises. Ask your kids what it means to be “faithful” and ask them to give examples of what faithfulness looks like. If they don’t know what it means, explain that being faithful means you do what you say you will do. You can be counted on to keep your promises.

Read Psalm 136 together and talk about the different ways the psalm celebrates how God is faithful. Are there ways they’ve seen God be faithful and keep His promises to them? (ex. they know God is always with them, God loves them all the time, etc.)

Explain that, because God is faithful and keeps His promises, He wants us to do our best to be faithful to Him and to others, as well. When we choose to be faithful and keep our promises, people know we can be counted on. When they need something, they will know we are the people they can turn to. Part of being a good friend is choosing to be faithful toward others. Ask them for examples of how they’ve seen other people (friends or family members) be faithful and keep their promises or show they can be relied upon to help out.

If you have it in your home or want to get it from the library, read Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hatches the Egg and talk about how Horton shows “an elephant’s faithful one hundred percent.” Discuss how Horton chose to be faithful despite all that happened to him and what people said, and talk about how he was rewarded in the end for his faithfulness.

For a fun family activity around faithfulness, read Psalm 136 again (or part of it if you have younger children), and come up with actions for the words or make it into a song with a dance! You could even make it into a music video!

You can also download this coloring page for your kids to decorate as they are reminded to be faithful people who can be counted on to keep their word and help others.

Video Lessons from Sunday

Due to it being a holiday weekend, we took a break from our regular live lessons this past Sunday and played videos for the kids that taught them about resisting temptation and how we can pray anytime, anywhere.  These videos come from Life.Church, and we wanted to share a link with you in case you wanted to catch what your child watched this past Sunday (or if they weren’t here and wanted to see what their classmates watched).

For Elementary: Follow the link below and go to the section entitled – “Part 3 – Temptation: The Button – Good or Evil?” and find the “Teaching Segment Video” area – click the arrow on the right to show the viewing options.  Click the “Preview” button beside the MOV, MP4, or WMV formats – whichever you prefer.

https://open.church/resources/2068-konnect-stand-alone-episodes

For Toddlers and Preschool: Follow the link below and to the first section (Group Elements).  Go to the “Message Video” section and click the arrow on the right for viewing options.  Click the “Preview” button beside the MOV, MP4, or WMV formats – whichever you prefer.

https://open.church/resources/2204-a-voice-in-the-night