---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

 
 

Children’s Art Auction for Hunger Offering

Wednesday, Oct. 10 @ 6pm

Courtyard
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Fall Festival

Sunday, Oct. 21 @ 5pm

Woodhaven Parking Lot

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Casual Sunday & Picnic at the River

Sunday, Oct. 28 @ 10:30am Worship at Woodhaven Picnic & Baptism at the Barker Retreat on the Cape Fear River (off Hwy. 401)

 
 
 

 

 

--- From The Blog

 
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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Warm winter coats hanging on a rack

Celebrations of Giving

Warm winter coats hanging on a rack
In the second chapter of Matthew, wise men from are overwhelmed with joy to find the child born as king of the Jews. What do they do? Pay Him homage by giving treasures of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 
 
During Advent, Woodhaven celebrated the gift of Christ by sharing our time and treasures in our community. Thanks to the generosity of our church family, Woodhaven on Mission was able to give $2,500 to Dorcas Ministry and $2,500 to the Western Wake Crisis Ministry.
 
Woodhaven members surrounded the Christmas tree with new toys to share with homeless and needy families through the Lost Sheep Outreach Ministry. Our youth wrapped dozens and dozens of the toys during a holiday lock in, and Woodhaven members helped to distribute the gifts during the Lost Sheep Christmas Celebration
 
The warmth of giving continues during the month of January. We’ll be collecting new and gently used winter coats, hats and gloves for the Lost Sheep Outreach Ministry. Please wash all used items, and don’t forget to empty the pockets! Bring all items to the lobby area outside the Sanctuary.

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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