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.
Two girls playing grand piano

School of the Arts is Back

Two girls playing grand piano
Woodhaven family and community: We have great news! The Woodhaven School of the Arts is back after a short rest. (Pun intended.) Registration begins Aug. 12 for piano and organ instruction, under the leadership of Susan Simpson. We serve students in grades 1 – 12 and adults. You’ll need a little experience for organ lessons, but piano lessons are for beginners, as well as more advanced students. Make a joyful noise, and sign up now!


Middle School Sno-Bowl BOGO

Hey, middle schoolers, grades 6 – 8! We’ve got a BOGO for you… it’s a Sno-Bowl BOGO on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 2:00 – 4:00PM.
What’s that, you ask? It’s a double-the-fun event, beginning with bowling and ending with a cool rainbow of “snoballs”! Parents can drop off youth at Buffaloe Lanes South (6701 Fayetteville Rd., Raleigh) at 2:00PM and pick up at Pelican’s (5715 Fayetteville Rd., Raleigh) at 4:00PM. Chaperones will provide transportation from Buffaloe Lanes to Pelican’s.
Bring money (approx. $20) and a pair of socks for bowling. Sign up by Aug. 8, please! Contact Carol Clark for details.

Silhouetted girl on pier

Summer Son! Youth Girls’ Retreat

Silhouetted girl on pier
It’s new… and it will be awesome! Summer Son! is an overnight retreat for middle and high school girls. And here’s the cool part: it will be led by two of our own youth girls, Katherine Little and Casey Davis. The retreat will be based on the Christian material Lies Girls Believe.
Others tell us all sorts of lies about who we are. Jesus sees us in a different light! Let’s get together and talk about that.
The retreat will be held at Heather Simmons’ house. Stay tuned for details, but go ahead and sign up by emailing Hope you can come!

Pool water with beach ball

Youth Pool Party

Pool water with beach ball
Summer’s flying by, and we’ve gotta have a pool party before it ends! Join us on Sunday, Aug. 4, from 6:00 – 8:30PM at the home of the Brysons (5744 Heatherstone Dr., Raleigh — Don’t let the address throw you; it’s just a few minutes from Woodhaven.)
We’ll provide the hot dogs. You can bring a sweet or salty side and a towel. Family members welcomed. Please sign up so we know how many dogs to throw on the grill! Contact Sonya Davis for more details.

Table Setting with text

Summer at the Strattons’

Table Setting with text
Only three sessions left! Youth in grades 7-12, head to the Strattons’ house for weekly casual hangout time this summer. We’ll have dinner together, followed by a Bible study and social time. There’s no charge for dinner, but youth may help in the preparation!
We’ll meet on TUESDAYS from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., from June 18 – August 20. We will not meet on June 25 because of Vacation Bible School.
Friends are welcomed. Sign up below for as many nights as you can attend. We just need a head count by the prior Sunday.
The address is 149 Cairns Drive, Fuquay-Varina. If transportation is a problem, please indicate that when you sign up so Youth Council can help!

Starry night with lion silhouette

Woodhaven Family Movie Night

Starry night with lion silhouette
Friends, family and the community are invited to come on over for Woodhaven Family Movie Night on Friday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mobley Courtyard (behind the sanctuary at Woodhaven). We’ll show the original “Lion King” and have games on the lawn, as well as popcorn and popsicles. No charge for the event, but bring your own blanket or chairs. And don’t forget your friends and family! And, don’t worry, if the weather doesn’t cooperate, we’ll move indoors.