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New SDBC Kids Curriculum

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On September 8th, SDBC Kids will be starting a new curriculum in each of our classrooms. Everyone from age 2 up to Grade 4 will be using the Awana curriculum! As the SDBC Kids team, it is our vision that every child be grounded in scripture and biblical truths and be able to have verses memorized and ready to use in their everyday lives.

The main focus in the Movers room (15-36 months) is free play time. Kids will start to learn bible stories through the Awana Puggles curriculum by listening to a story told by their teacher while they are sitting for snack time.

In the Preschool room, we will be using the Awana Cubbies curriculum. Kids will be learning biblical truths through different crafts and activities and story time with their leaders. They will also be introduced to bible verse memorization by learning key words or ideas from important verses.

Kids in Kindergarten and Grade 1 will use the Awana Sparks curriculum. This curriculum is designed for them to start learning and memorizing full bible verses while learning many important stories in the bible. The lessons will be reinforced with hands-on learning and activities to help them better understand the stories. The Sparks will take away two or three "Key Points" from each lesson and be able to recite a bible verse from memory.

Kids in Grades 2-4 will be working through the Awana T&T book, "Discovery of Grace." Through large group teaching time, hands-on games and activities, and table time where they will work through their handbook with their leaders, T&T kids will be diving deeper into different biblical truths and bible stories. They will also be working to memorize a different verse each week and can earn extra credit by memorizing multiple verses or doing the Gold and Silver sections in their handbooks.

On top of the new curriculum, Kids in Sparks and T&T will participate in Gym Days periodically throughout the year. On these days, we will be running different Awana games in the gym during the Sunday service.

We hope you're as excited as we are going into this new year with SDBC Kids! If you have any questions about the program, or would like to serve in this ministry, please email Sue Gibson.

Summer Fun

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I am so thankful that I grew up in Tsawwassen. I had a neighbourhood full of kids my age, the freedom to ride my bike to school with my sisters, and awesome events taking place around the community. I fondly remember the community events put on by SDBC; the summer events never failed to draw in families from around the community to come and join in on the fun at the church. My memories from these events, and the people I met there, are among some of the many reasons I started attending SDBC. As I am now helping to plan our summer events, one of my main goals is to draw in families from our church and the entire community and provide them with similar memories that I had growing up.

Our Carnival, which is the first event in our Summer Fun series, is fast approaching and our team is working hard to get things ready. We will have a series of carnival games, a giant inflatable slide, a bouncy castle, a dunk tank, and yummy food and snack options for people of all ages to enjoy. One of our goals with this event is to provide a fun, free event for the families in our community; to draw in families with the hope that they can meet some of our church families and form connections to get involved in our church. For this reason, I am encouraging everyone who reads this to invite someone to our carnival, and for you to join them. The more the merrier! There are many people in our community who have not heard the good news of Christ and as it says in Romans 10:14, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” This event is the perfect opportunity to live out the church's mission to Love like Jesus and show our community how much we love them.

So, come one, come all, and join us for our carnival on Saturday, July 21st at 11AM! For information on all our summer events, visit www.southdelta.org/summer

A Gospel-Focused Soccer Camp

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Soccer camp--what an amazing, God-filled week it was! Last week was the culmination of the project that I have been working on with SDBC Kids since January and I could not be happier with how the week unfolded. Despite some confusion going into the week, God was so faithful in the amazing volunteers He provided and how He worked throughout our camp. Because it was a smaller camp, we had a smaller group of volunteers who were able to receive substantial training to coach at our soccer camp. It was evident that they were passionate about teaching the kids not only soccer skills but most importantly about Jesus. It was incredible getting to see the coaches grow in their own skills and confidence throughout the week. Seeing them develop as leaders and followers of Christ was one of the most rewarding parts of the week!

Every day, the kids learned lessons that explicitly mentioned the gospel and Jesus Christ. They learned that they were created complete and that people can be broken and blind but God can show them the way. They learned that we need a radical restart from God and make it through the tough times, but in the end, we have a "cool calling" from God to follow Him and tell everyone about Jesus.

The Coaches Corner time was completely gospel focused and by the end of the week, seven kids came to Christ, most of whom never went to church, and almost every child went home with a bible! It was so evident that God was working through the volunteers and in the hearts of these children at camp. I am so excited to see what God will do with those seeds that were planted at camp and I would love to encourage everyone that reads this to be in prayer for those kids who accepted Christ, especially for the kids whose parents do not go to church as they may not hear about Him at home. They need to know that even though camp is over, Jesus is not done with them! “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

Finally, I would love to give a HUGE thank-you to everyone who was involved with soccer camp either directly or indirectly. Thank you to the volunteers who served in every area of camp, thank you to the parents who sent their children, thank you to those who donated snacks, and thank you to everyone who prayed for the camp. God bless you!