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Register for Sunday Morning Watch Party

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For the past two weeks, we have been hosting Sunday morning "watch parties" in the chapel at church. We have chairs spread out in the room and you can watch our online service together with other brothers and sisters from our church, and even enjoy a socially distanced time of fellowship before and after the watch party.

We originally asked people who were struggling to join the livestream services to sign up to come to our watch parties, and we have had a few people enjoy the experience for the last two weeks. We are now extending this opportunity for everyone to enjoy. If you would like to join us for a watch party in the chapel each Sunday, you can pre-register (each week) on our website or by calling our church office.

Our watch parties begin at 10AM and the foyer doors will open at 9:40AM. We have heard that some of you were not signing up for these events to leave space for others to enjoy, but we can launch multiple watch parties on Sundays to accommodate people if there are more than fifty people who sign up. So, if you're comfortable in coming out to this event, we invite you to join us. All COVID-19 related safety protocols will apply and if you are planning to sing, you will be required to wear a mask while singing.

Click here to sign-up for this coming Sunday, July 12th. We look forward to seeing some of you on Sunday!

Posted by Paul Park

CE Wing Upgrades

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For as long as I can remember, the CE Wing has had its staple blue carpets. I remember being in grade six at Gap JR sitting in a circle with my leaders on the floor of room 204 and learning about different stories from the bible. And then in Gap, being chased through the dark hallway as I ran "for my life" trying not to get tagged and win that prestigious Slurpee (which would often be spilled on that same blue carpet as small groups got rowdy). I remember leading at VBS and sitting on the carpet telling stories to the young kids who were eager to learn about Jonah and the whale.

Those blue carpets have seen generations of children come through for Sunday school, VBS, Gap, Gap JR, and so much more. Needless to say, they have been well loved. However, thanks to the fundraising initiatives of our 60th Anniversary Celebration, we raised enough money to renovate and add in new carpets to our upstairs CE Wing. The entire upstairs looks like it has gotten a facelift and has new life breathed into it, all with a couple coats of paint and some beautiful new carpets. God has blessed us abundantly in this time, and the pause in programming due to COVID-19 was the perfect time for us to be able to complete these upgrades without interrupting our normal programming. Once on-site programming resumes, children will be welcomed back into these updated classrooms, ready to make new memories and to continue to grow in their walk with Jesus.

We would like to say thank you to everyone who donated to the 60th Anniversary fundraising initiatives, and who assisted in the upgrades. Our children will be welcomed back into these upgraded classrooms, and I cannot wait to see them full of love, laughter, and smiling kids, eager to learn about Jesus. It's time for this generation of children to make their memories sitting on the beautiful new carpets.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you! Click here to view a video of the upgrades.

Serving the Youth During COVID-19

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For the last five months I have had the privilege of serving as a youth intern at SDBC alongside James Cox. My role as a youth intern was to assist James in planning and running youth nights. During the beginning of my internship, things were going as planned. James and I were able to complete the youth room renovations and plan a bunch of awesome youth events. We were able to witness God working within the youth group. We were seeing new youth come through the doors every youth night and it was very encouraging and exciting to see the youth group growing.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our plans had to change. We had to move from in-person youth nights to online youth nights. This was a unique experience, especially in the context of youth ministry as much of what we do relies on the ability to meet in person. During the pandemic we hosted weekly youth nights and bible studies where we were still able to connect and study the word of God together.

Although my internship here at the church was not exactly as I expected, I am still very thankful for the opportunity to be able to serve in this kind of way. Even though I will not be on staff in the fall, I am still planning to remain involved in youth ministry. I am also going to Simon Fraser University to complete my schooling to become a middle school teacher. I am very excited to see what God has in store for the SDBC youth group and I am also greatly looking forward to seeing everyone at the church, hopefully very soon!

Our Youth Ministry is taking a break from events until July. Visit our Youth Ministry page for more information.

Posted by Bowen Bakken

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