---Welcome!

 

We want to glorify God, His son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit in everything we do.

 
Woodhaven is a place where many doors are always open, where you can explore the seemingly simple idea of living with the joy of Christ in our lives. You’re welcome to worship, grow, serve and fellowship with us!
 
Steeple of Woodhaven Baptist Church
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Worship

 

Gather with us on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. as we “seek God’s face” as reflected in the beautiful words from Hebrews 12:28: “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe.”   
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Grow

 

No matter how young or how old, we all have room to grow in love and learn from the life and ministry of Jesus. Let’s grow up together!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Serve

 

From its beginnings, Woodhaven has encouraged people of all ages to follow Jesus’ example to be ministers to one another, to our community and to our world. How will you serve?
 
 
 
 

 

 

--- Our Pastor

 

Dave Stratton is pastor of Woodhaven Baptist Church.

“Love God. Love each other.”

When you boil it all down, it’s a pretty simple recipe for irresistible life. Our goal at Woodhaven is to offer you ample opportunities to get to know God and each other a little better. You’re welcomed to join us in that pursuit! (By the way, you’ll find the “recipe” in Matthew 22:36-40.)
 

 

 

--- We’re all Ministers

 
Woodhaven's youth and parents serve a hot, homemade breakfast to homeless in Raleigh.
 
Ever thought of yourself as a minister? It might sound exciting or a little scary. At Woodhaven, we believe that all members can be ministers. Talk with us about ways that you’d like to grow and serve in the spirit of Christ.
 
 
 
 

---From The Gallery 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WAYS 2 PRAISE CHILDREN
AT ADVENT
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SONSHINE IN THE PARK
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LOVE FEAST
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PAINTING OUR JOY
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
YOUTH MISSION TRIP
 
 
 
 
 

 

---Upcoming Events

 
 

Shake It Up Sunday

Sunday, March 3 

Breakfast @ 8:30am Sunday School @ 9:10am Worship @ 10:30am
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Rise Against Hunger

Saturday, March 16

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Wednesdays at Woody’s 

New classes starting soon! Wednesdays, 6pm and 6:45pm

 
 

 

 

--- From The Blog

 

It’s Amazing What You Can Do in a Hairnet

We’ve found a great recipe for love:  Take one plastic bag, add a vitamin packet, drop in a sprinkle of soy and a generous scoop of dehydrated vegetables and top with a big cup of rice. Weigh it, seal it, and package it with care. Repeat 2,519 more times.
 
Garbed in hairnets and hats, 106 Woodhaven members and friends of all ages measured, scooped and sealed away the first Saturday in March. In record time, we prepared enough packages to serve 15,120 meals through Rise Against Hunger. Those nutritious meals are already on the way to feed children and adults in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
 
Rise Against Hunger meals are served in schools, vocational training programs, medical clinics, maternal health facilities, child and youth development centers and elder care facilities. And Rise Against Hunger Impact Partners work in the same communities to teach food safety, improve water quality and provide job training and emergency assistance.
 
The Woodhaven on Missions committee organized the Rise Against Hunger event, and Woodhaven’s missions offerings supported the cost of meal supplies and shipping. Judging by the laughter and cheers after each 1,000 meals prepared, it’s love in action. If you missed it this year, be on the lookout for next year’s meal packaging event. We’ll save a hairnet just for you!
 
 
 

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Jar of colorful jelly beans spilling onto Jelly Bean Prayer card

Introducing Kids to Lent

Jar of colorful jelly beans spilling onto Jelly Bean Prayer card

This season, let’s welcome our children into our observance of Lent. Traditionally, we “give up” something for the 40 days of Lent. But 40 days is a long time for a child and they (as well as the grown-ups) may easily tire of and even forget what they’re doing and why they’ve given something up.  

I’m offering our Woodhaven children the opportunity to participate in a special activity that will last throughout the Lenten season. On Ash Wednesday, children will receive a jar, a copy of the jelly bean prayer, and some jelly beans. The children can put their jar in a prominent place at home along with the jelly bean prayer. Parents can hang onto the jelly beans and place one in the child’s jar for each activity or behavior that the child practices.

The children won’t eat the jelly beans until Easter. No white jelly beans are given for behavior, since the white jelly beans represent God’s grace, which is a gift from God and cannot earned.   

Here’s the secret part: on Easter morning, the kids will find that their jars are filled up where they were still empty or lacking with white jelly beans (symbolizing God’s grace). Parents, please make sure you have enough white jelly beans to completely fill your child’s jar on Easter morning.

Here’s the prayer and what each color jelly bean represents:
  • Red is for the blood Christ gave (each morning the child can chose something to sacrifice that day to earn the red jellybean.  It should be something they would have had the opportunity to have or do that day).
  • Green is for the palm’s cool shade. (Green jelly beans are earned for doing good deed each day. It was a good deed to provide shade for Jesus with the palm.)
  • Yellow is for God’s light so bright. (Yellow jelly beans are earned for sharing God’s light through kindness to others.)
  • Orange is for prayers at twilight. (Orange jelly beans are earned for saying a bedtime prayer and reading a nighttime Bible story.)
  • Black is for sweet rest at night. (These jelly beans are earned for going to bed—without complaint and reminders.)
  • Purple is for Jesus’ days of sorrow. (These are earned by apologizing to anyone we hurt with our words or actions that day.)
  • Pink is for each new tomorrow. (Pink jelly beans are earned when we forgive those who apologize to us for hurtful behavior.)
  • Blue is for the joy of knowing Jesus. (These can be earned by singing a favorite Bible song!)
  • White is for the Grace of Christ and cannot be earned.

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Person having ash cross drawn on forehead

Do You Do Lent?

Person having ash cross drawn on forehead

I still consider myself to be learning about Lent. Growing up as a Baptist in the rural south, Lent was not a part of my faith tradition for much of my life. On the rare occasions Lent came up in the Baptist circles I traveled in during my younger days, the discipline was typically dismissed as an unbiblical, Roman Catholic practice.

While in some ways I feel like I’m still trying to get the hang of Lent (even though I’ve been practicing Lent for many years now), I have come to embrace the discipline.


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Want To Join Us for Worship?

 
We invite anyone and everyone to Sunday Worship:
9:10 a.m. Bible study for all ages
10:10 a.m. Fellowship & refreshments
10:30 a.m. Worship