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AGM 2020 Update

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On behalf of the elder's board at SDBC, I would like to thank everyone who was able to participate in our AGM this year. Due to the current restrictions on gatherings, our meeting was delayed from its normal time in the spring and we ended up meeting both in person and through a live stream on September 15th. This was new for all of us and I want to give a special thank you to the staff who put in many extra hours to ensure we had a successful meeting. I am grateful that all the special resolutions that the board presented were affirmed by those who participated. Our new bylaws are now in line with the updated Societies Act and are updated to reflect how we conduct matters at SDBC. I am also pleased that we have two new elders joining the board: Jason Uher and Josh Dyck. We believe both men will prove to be great contributors to the work of the board.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank Peter Grierson, Terry Weatherly, and Greg Hislop who are finishing their time on the board. All three have served on the board faithfully and we have experienced many significant changes over the years together. They will be missed but I do hope that God grants them rest as they take some time away from the responsibilities of being on the board and that God shows them where he is leading them for this next season. If you have an opportunity, please express your thanks to each of these men. They have all spent countless hours, faithfully and joyfully, serving God's church and their contribution will be a blessing to SDBC for many years to come.

In this unique time in the life of our community, I believe we recognize a little more that we all need the hope that Jesus desires we all would experience. We will continue to look for new ways to serve and connect with our community so that many more may come into relationship with Jesus and his people. How we do this will need to change, but we know that it is God at work in our hearts and in the hearts of those he is drawing to himself.

Philippians 4:7: And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Posted by David van Til

Missionary Update: Camp Qwanoes (Scott & Julie Bayley)

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This week we will hear from another organization: Camp Qwanoes. Due to COVID-19, their usual ways of doing camp ministries had to be completely revamped. But they are trusting that God has a plan for them.

What is your current location and missions/ministry work?
We are located in Crofton on Vancouver Island, just over an hour north of Victoria and 45 minutes south of Nanaimo, right on the water, looking across to Salt Spring Island.

How is God working in and through you and your team during this unique and challenging season?
With overnight camps not being allowed this summer, we sought God's direction for how to carry out our purpose of loving kids to life in this new situation. In early June, we learned that day camps were allowed so this summer we offered ten week-long day camps for ages 8 to 16. Campers stayed in groups of 10 campers based on their age, with two counsellors. We had just over 1000 children and youth here this summer which we are so thankful for. God is working in powerful ways, and we saw many kids put their faith in Jesus. In addition to working with kids here at camp, we are also seeking to connect with past campers who live too far away to come to Qwanoes, including our 60% of campers who live in Metro Vancouver. We have started many new ministries. For example, QwanoesMC: we "built" Camp Qwanoes in Minecraft to offer special events where our leaders can have positive connection and relationship-building with campers. We offered several Q-Town-LIVE livestreams, we debuted Q4U, a new variety show, we've done two Virtual Firesides, a Virtual Open House, and we livestreamed a Q-Town one night a week to families with kids at that week's day camp. Another program we started is Qwanoes Cabins Connect, where we worked with past counsellors to connect with their past cabin groups.

How have you and your team been impacted by COVID-19?
The past number of months have been very different here, as I'm sure you can imagine. Starting in mid-March, we lost all weekend retreats, guest groups, and overnight camps. We had 40 international staff accepted and ready to come from over 10 countries, many in process since October. Only one made it. Many of our speakers had to cancel. These changes have brought a loss of over $3,000,000, over 75% of our annual budget, and a need to raise about $1,000,000 to be able to continue in ministry. Fortunately, the government 75% wage subsidy program is allowing most staff to continue, for now.

How can we pray for you and your team?
Your prayers are urgently needed and greatly appreciated! Please pray for all the campers, staff, our speakers, for safety, protection from COVID-19, and that God would draw campers to himself through all that happened this summer. Please pray for our financial needs, that God would provide the funds so that Qwanoes can continue forward. Please pray for wisdom as we make plans for the fall and coming year which will be especially difficult without knowing what will happen in the next 12 months. Please ask God to continue to make a way for us, and that he would show us how we are to love kids to life in the days ahead, and how we can best serve and be used by our churches.

As mentioned, please pray for Scott, Julie, and the Qwanoes team as they continue in ministry even in the midst of financial struggles and the huge learning curves that COVID-19 brought to the camp.

Posted by Mary Grierson

Kick-off Sunday 2020

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Every year at this time we have what we call our "Kick-off Newsletter." In this newsletter, we mention all the ministries and events that are starting back up for the school year. Because there are so many ministries and events here at SDBC, it takes a few "scrolls" to get to the bottom of the newsletter. We plan, prepare, and pray for all these new events, as we wait with anticipation for everything to start back up.

I don't need to tell you that this year will look different, because I'm positive you already guessed that. However, we can still celebrate because there is still ministry happening at SDBC. Yes, it looks different, and yes, it is not what we were preparing for when we were dreaming back in March. But, we can still look forward to the fall and all the things that are kicking off. God is sovereign and he holds the ultimate plan. We need only to trust in him and follow where he leads. So, we are excited to fill you in on the ministries and events that are kicking off or continuing this season.

Youth Ministry, led by James Cox, our Youth Intern, will be starting again in September and they will be hosting weekly, in-person events in the church. They will be taking all the necessary precautions and are looking forward to being together once again. GAP (grades 8-12) will start on September 13th at 7PM and GAP Jr. (grades 5-7) will start on September 17th at 7PM. Please email James if you have any questions.

SDBC Kids, led by Sue Gibson, Megan Sprinkle, and Kaitlyn Shipowich, will continue to produce their Sunday morning videos this fall. They will also be doing their best to support families as kids go back to school and get familiar with their new school realities. Please remember to pray for families as kids go back to school and as families learn their new rhythms. If you have any questions about Children’s Ministry, please email Sue, our Director of Family Life.

As mentioned in previous newsletters, Starfish Pack is also starting back up again in October, to embark on year two of Starfish Pack South Delta. If you have any questions about Starfish, or if you wish to get involved, please email me, Mary Grierson, SDBC's Community Life Coordinator.

Sunday Morning Watch Parties will also be continuing into the fall. Watch Parties are a way for individuals to watch the service on a screen in the Chapel with a community of 50 people in a socially distanced fashion. If you are interested in signing up for this Sunday's Watch Party (September 13th), please click here. Registration for our Watch Parties opens at 3PM on the Monday prior to the Watch Party date. Visit our website for future events.

One last event to mention is our Annual General Meeting. This will take place on Tuesday, September 15th at 7PM. There are two ways to attend: in person or online. If you want to attend the AGM in person, pre-registration is required. Please click here for all the details and to register. The AGM will be livestreamed through our usual Church Online platform.

We are excited about the fall and we are looking forward to the ways in which God will work in and through our church. May God be glorified in all of our plans and everything we do.

Posted by Mary Grierson

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