Preschool & Children


Children hold a special place in the heart of Christ, and they are dearly loved at Woodhaven! We plan weekly activities with care to help preschoolers and children discover God’s love.


Sunday School & Children’s Worship

9:10 – 10:10 a.m. Sunday School
10:10 – 10:30 a.m. Fellowship Time
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Children’s Worship for Kindergarten – 3rd grade
  • Infants and toddlers get lots of cuddles while preschoolers play and learn Bible stories, verses and songs. Care for infants and toddlers extends through the worship service, which ends at 11:30 a.m.
  • During Sunday School, children in Kindergarten through 5th grade learn what it means to be a Christian through hands-on activities, such as scavenger hunts, games, reading the Bible, drama and role playing. Read more about Sunday Bible Study classes for all ages.
  • Children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade have their own special worship experience in the Multipurpose Room while parents and older children participate in morning worship in the Sanctuary. Get all the details about Children’s Worship.

Wednesdays (September – May)

5:15 – 6:00 p.m. Dinner & Fellowship (Reservations required for dinner. Let us cook for you! Make your reservation now.)
6:00 p.m. – 7:35 p.m. Activities for All Ages
  • We invite children in Kindergarten through 5th grade to join us on Wednesdays for music, missions and Bible learning designed to tap into kids’ natural curiosity. We mix it up each week to show kids that following Jesus never gets old!
  • Preschool and nursery activities are available, as well, so bring the whole family and friends!
  • Learn more about Wednesday night classes for all ages.

Children’s Music

6:00 – 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays (September – May)
In our activities on Sundays and Wednesdays, preschool and elementary children learn songs, hymns, and other music for worship and fellowship. On Wednesdays, children in Kindergarten through 5th grade meet for music time from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. in the Choir Room (downstairs from the Sanctuary). Kids also learn about stories and people from the Bible, how to use the hymnal, and how to be worship leaders. The children’s choir, called Ways to Praise, is led by Stephanie de Jong and Kris Bagwell.

VBS (Vacation Bible School)

June 23 – 27, 2019 “ROAR! Life is Wild; God is Good”
Vacation Bible School is an annual favorite for children and adults. (They’re just big kids, anyway!) Held in the evenings during summer break, this special week delivers the simple truth that God loves us through a captivating theme each year. Kids remember not only the wacky skit characters and messy crafts but also the Bible points and memory verses. Our VBS is open to the community. Friends and neighbors are welcome!

Special Events

Woodhaven also offers events throughout the year to help children grow in their faith and have fun with one another. Our Children’s Council plans annual opportunities, including overnight retreats, family picnics, parents’ nights out, and seasonal activities to learn about Christian celebrations.
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Christ-followers Read

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by David Stratton
Who has time for Bible reading? All faithful Christ-followers realize that regular Bible reading and study must be an important discipline in their living. Yet it can be very tough in our time-poor, distraction-filled culture to develop such a discipline. Here are a couple of tips that might help:
Bible reading plans may help. Google “Bible reading plan,” or “Bible reading schedule,” and you’ll find many links to schedules that can help to hold you accountable to regular Bible reading. At, there are numerous Bible reading plans you can subscribe to and get a reminder email daily. Biblegateway plans include an Old Testament/ New Testament plan (which gives a short reading from each testament daily), a chronological plan, a start from the beginning plan, a 90-day plan, etc.
Try Bible listening. You can listen to the Bible for free through the Bible Gateway website or through an app offered by Bible Gateway. I’ve been listening to a Bible a lot lately and I have been truly shocked at how much Bible “reading” I can accomplish by listening to the scriptures on the go. While on the road or tending to routine, rote chores, you can absorb the scriptures well by listening to them. If you’re “old school,” numerous Bible translations are available on audio CD at relatively low prices compared to the not too distant past.
For years I tried various approaches to reading through the Bible in a year and failed. I would fall behind and give up. Then one year I once again fell behind. But I decided not to give up that year. In the end, I managed to get caught up and reach my goal. After that, the discipline became easier. So, don’t quit! Keep trying different approaches to reading the Bible regularly until you find something that works for you.

Micro Mission Day

Micro Mission Day

Micro Mission Day
Can you join us on Sunday, Nov. 24? We’ll be honoring and serving God through worship and giving gifts of food and money to help others. This will be the culmination of our World Hunger Offering.
On this day, please bring nonperishable food items or gift cards to be shared with Western Wake Crisis Ministry. Take them to the sanctuary. Also, please bring your food banks! We will have a time during the worship service to collect the banks at the offering table.
Sunday School will begin at 9:10AM. We’ll dismiss at 10:00AM for another mission adventure: Go to the Multipurpose Room in the Preschool Building to put together toiletry bags for the Dorcas Ministry. We’ll follow with some time for fellowship in the Welcome Room.
At 10:30AM, join us for a special time of praise and thanksgiving to God for his great and wonderful gifts. We will include a time to bless the food, banks and kits that will be shared in our community and world. We hope you can join us!

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Hunger Offering

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Woodhaven’s annual Hunger Offering is underway! Pick up your bread-shaped bank in the narthex outside of the sanctuary. We encourage you to take the bank home, fill it with cash, checks and change above your normal tithe, and return it on November 24, the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Note “Hunger Offering on checks for this special offering.
This offering will be shared with global groups like the Hunger Fund of CBFNC and the Hunger Emphasis of Baptist World Aid and with local groups like Dorcas Ministries, Western Wake Crisis Ministries, and Lost Sheep Ministry. These groups distribute funds both locally and internationally to those in need of hunger relief.
Our offering goal is $3,500. 

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Dinner and a Corn Maze

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This year, it feels like summer will never end! YOUTH in grades 6-12: Let’s celebrate the late arrival of Fall with Dinner & a Corn Maze! Join us on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 5PM – 8PM for a youth outing to Jersey Mike’s and Ken’s Korny Corn Maze.
Meet at Jersey Mike’s on Hwy 401 near Wake Tech’s Southern Campus. We’ll grab a quick bite and then carpool to Ken’s Korny Corn Maze. If you don’t like to be spooked or don’t have a good sense of direction, don’t worry… it’s not a haunted maze and we’ll stick together in groups!
Bring money for Jersey Mike’s and $12 for the corn maze. Drop off at Jersey Mike’s (7949 Fayetteville Rd., Raleigh – at the corner of Hwy 401 and Ten Ten Rd.).  Pick up at Ken’s Korny Corn Maze (3175 Benson Rd., Garner). Please sign up to help us plan for chaperones and any transportation needs. Friends are welcome!

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Fall Festival Coming Soon

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Where can you find FREE hot dogs, a cake walk, bouncy house, and family-friendly fun? At Woodhaven’s annual Fall Festival, of course1 This year, it falls on Sunday, October 20, from 5 – 7 p.m. Kids (and young-at-heart adults) can wear costumes and enjoy games, prizes and Trunk or Treat. Friends, neighborhoods and community members are welcome! Got questions? Call 919-362-0127.


Shake It Up… Again!

October 6: Shake It Up Sunday is back! Part 2. It will be a fruit basket turnover kind of day on October 6. It all starts with breakfast at 8:30 a.m., continues with Bible Study at 9:10 a.m., and winds up with worship service at 10:30 a.m. that will be out of the ordinary. In a good way! Be there to help shake it up, and bring a friend!