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Starfish Pack: We Are Six Months In!

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Our church is the South Delta branch of the Starfish Pack program. Like it says on our website, hundreds of children in B.C. go to school on Monday morning having had no food over the weekend. Starfish Pack was created in response to this need. We will be partnering with the Delta School District to bring meals to two elementary schools in Tsawwassen. It costs $575 to sponsor a child for one year of this program, which will provide a backpack each Friday throughout the school year filled with 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, and some healthy snacks.

When we started doing Starfish Pack in October we were serving one elementary school and 10 students. We are now serving five elementary schools and 20 students! Our hope is to eventually be able to serve all of the elementary schools in South Delta who require help.

However, in order to be able to serve this many, we will need to expand our volunteer team. Each week we need teams of willing volunteers to come to church at 10:15AM on Thursday mornings, pack backpacks full of the food, and then deliver the backpacks to the schools. Packing will take place every week for the entirety of the school year. We also need volunteers to pick up the empty backpacks from the schools every Wednesday. If you are interested in serving on this team, you will be added to the rotation based on the dates that work for you.

Come visit the Starfish Team on Sunday at the Spotlight Table for more information or if you have any questions about serving with us! You can also email me any questions you may have.

Posted by Mary Grierson

Urban Fire Communities: Launched

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Through the years, I've watched campers and young people come through our ministries, finish up grade 12, and head to the city to get an education or find employment. But, sadly, they would soon fall into discouragement and be lured by all the destructive attractions that city life could offer. Jake (not his real name) was one of those kids. He had made a profession of faith in Christ and worked several summers at camp. He stuck it out and finished grade 12. Jake was a runner; a local track star who received an athletic scholarship to go to college. He went into the city and while at college, he tried out for the track team and ran, but didn't make the competitive school squad. Studies were difficult, and as he faced his second semester, he took his scholarship money and squandered it. Today, Jake lives on the streets; another life hurting deeply.

I started asking, "How can we change that?" I kept thinking, trying to put together a ministry strategy that would make a difference. Five years ago, the mission board gave us a green light to try something radical and risky. God started bringing together a team of young, new staff who believed it could work. They all spent a summer in EnGage!, our short-term ministry opportunity, living in a Native community. They saw the needs of these people, began to understand the struggles First Nations youth face, and they wanted to be a part of making a difference.

We've spent four years nurturing the concept of a Whole Life Discipleship Community while they finished up college, got married, and joined InterAct. We have now launched Urban Fire Communities, have rented two homes, and have a couple of students involved with us. We are determining the business facet of the plan, so that we can provide employment and teach life skills to these young adults. Then, we will support any educational pursuit they choose. Often, we feel in over our heads, but God keeps moving us along phase by phase. Marvellously, HE has brought significant people into our path to give us wise counsel and help.

We are excited about what God is doing and strongly believe that we can make an impact in the lives of First Nations young adults. We long to see them thrive, both in their walk with the Lord and as healthy young adults functioning well in the world around them. Pray for us as we move along in this new ministry of "Urban Fire."

Jim & Becky Hamilton
Serving with InterAct Ministries in Calgary, Alberta

Posted by Jim Hamilton

Alpha at SDBC: Help Us Make It Happen

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We are excited to announce that SDBC will be running Alpha again this spring! This 8-week course will take place in the Chapel from 12-2PM on Sundays, beginning April 19th, the Sunday following Easter. Our final session will be on Sunday, June 14th (no class on Sunday, May 17th). Alpha is a course designed specifically for individuals who are exploring Christianity or who are new to Christianity.

We encourage our church family to invite neighbours, friends, and family who are curious about faith and Christianity. Each session includes lunch and an opportunity to explore the big questions around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions like, "Who is Jesus?", "Why and how do I pray?", and "How does God guide us?" Alpha creates a space where participants can ask questions and share ideas without being judged or having their idea dismissed. Alpha is a safe space for exploring Christianity and the bigger questions in life.

If you are interested in helping us make Alpha happen, please sign up to serve with us on this team! There are many opportunities available. Click here for details.

Posted by Mary Grierson

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