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Kids with a Heart for God

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Our children and family ministries exist to see families in our church become followers of Christ with a strong heart for God. Our children are a gift from the Lord and have been entrusted to us, that we would raise them in the way they should go. Parents are accountable to God for raising, shaping, and preparing their child for a life of serving God's Kingdom.

At SDBC, we value the families who attend each week and we are committed to assisting each family in raising their children to be Christ-followers with a strong heart for God. Seeing children who have a desire to share the gospel with their friends brings so much joy to God's family.

Our Sunday morning program teaches our kids memory verses and bible stories to give them a foundation for their faith journey. Our kids have been inviting their non-church friends almost every week to come to our Sunday morning program. It is so exciting for our leaders to see new faces because it means a heart can be touched or a family can be loved.

Our kids also go beyond our community and bring food for the hungry each week, as well as hard earned money for the kids ministry programs at WINGS. Their hearts were really touched when they learned about the WINGS ministry and that there are kids in their own community who may not have enough food to eat or enough money to purchase food.

None of this can happen without our great volunteers! Thank you to all who serve in SDBC Kids and love our kids. Each week, we need 17 volunteers to run our program. Currently, we are running our program with about 12 on any Sunday. We need more volunteers to be in the kids rooms, as well as at the bus, where you would be the first contact for all the kids and sign them in for our program. 

It is our desire to help families in the most significant area of their lives, training their children in the way they should grow, but we need your help. Please consider serving with us and making a difference in the lives of our families. To find out where you can help, email Sue Gibson, our Director of Family Life.

Posted by Sue Gibson

Director of Worship Arts Update

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As we've mentioned before, Gatlin Saip will be transitioning out of his role as Director of Worship Arts at our church in order to pursue a master's degree and continue serving as a teacher at South Delta Secondary School. Although he'll be remaining as a part of our church family and continuing to participate as a part of the worship team, this Sunday will be Gatlin's last Sunday as the formal Director of Worship Arts at SDBC.

Gatlin has led us in worship since August of 2017 and helped us grow in our walk with Christ. He joined SDBC at a very important time as we transitioned from having two separate services to worshiping together again. We especially appreciate his leadership through this challenging time and we're thankful for his service to the church family. Please continue to pray for Gatlin as he pursues further education and as he serves as teacher for our next generation at SDSS.

Moving forward, we have decided to hire an Interim Director of Worship Arts for the next four months. Jayson Oldham has agreed to serve us in this interim role at this time, and we're excited to have him join us in July. Please pray for him as he serves in this role.

We will continue to search for a person to take on the more permanent role of Director of Worship Arts at our church. Please be in prayer for this on-going search.

Posted by Paul Park

From My Persepctive

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During my teaching career in the United Kingdom, I was often confronted with problematic situations that involved my students and their home life. On parent interview evenings, I encountered quite a number of parents who would glance at their kid's work and then immediately make their way to me to sit down and discuss an impressive variety of domestic problems. Many of the kids came from very disadvantaged homes, which engendered one-parent families, abusive situations, and depression. 

During that time in my life, I realized how difficult, sad, and traumatic life is for many people in our society. After retiring from teaching (and still living in the UK), I went back to school to qualify as a counsellor and became involved, at my local church especially, with "compassion" ministries and general Christian caregiving.

Having immigrated to Canada in 2002, I was excited to become a part of the newly initiated (in 2009) Stephen Ministry. We thank God for the number of people He helped us minister to over the last 10 years. So many people are in need of a "listening ear" at certain times in their lives, be it short-term or long-term, to help them through specific periods of stress, anxiety, and despair. 

Some of our Stephen Ministers wear a button, or pin, which lists some of the prerequisites for being an effective caregiver: TRUSTWORTHY (keeping and maintaining confidentiality, being a good listener, silent, connected, and accountable); SKILLED (having learned caregiving skills, to be attentive); FULL OF FAITH (trusting God, in the hope that He can deal with the situation); COMPASSIONATE (suffering together with another person, showing empathy, but above all, LOVING LIKE JESUS). We are a Christ-centred ministry. We expect ALL from Him, and are constantly aware that we need the guidance of the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom and insight.

To me, it is a privilege and joy to have the opportunity to serve in this way. Galatians 6:2 tells us to, "bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."

As a bonus to our team, through the years, our Stephen Ministry group has grown individually and together into a deeper spirituality, love for God, and for each other. I am always amazed and humbled at how God's economy works!

"Therefore encourage one another and build up each other." 1 Thessalonians 5:11

If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, or would like more information, please click here.

Posted by Lucy Hall

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