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First Steps Registration 2020

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Keep steady your steps according to God's promise...Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. 
- Psalm 119:133a & Proverbs 4:26

First Steps Preschool has been a ministry of South Delta Baptist Church since 1999. For 21 years we have consistently provided a "safe, loving, and fun" preschool for the children in our church and community. Everywhere I seem to go, I end up meeting someone who has either sent their child or grandchild to First Steps or has heard about the great program we offer. This is my fourth school year directing and teaching at First Steps, and I am constantly blown away by how God is using this ministry to impact our community and church family.

A few weeks ago, I was searching for some books at a store in Ladner when a friendly woman started chatting with me. After casually conversing back and forth, she eventually asked if I was a teacher. This led to me sharing about my position at First Steps Preschool. I noticed she was a bit surprised by my answer. After she collected herself, I asked her if she was familiar with the preschool. The woman proceeded to tell me how both her children, now adults, had attended First Steps when it first opened. She shared quite openly about how she was supported by the teachers during a very difficult time in her life, and, because of how she was loved and supported by them, she was able to overcome her challenges. This woman unknowingly filled me with encouragement and hope. God knew I needed to meet this stranger and listen to her testimony about the experience she had with First Steps.

Even though it's just the beginning of February, we are already busy planning for September. We just launched our new online preschool registration system which will allow families to register in a simple and more efficient manner. No more lining up or sleeping over at the church! Registration is now open for returning families until February 15th. New families may register via our website starting Saturday, February 22nd @ 9:30AM.

If you have a child born in 2016 or 2017, and would like information about our 3-year-old or 4-year-old program, please click here to visit our website.

We also have exciting opportunities for employment at First Steps Preschool. If you would like further information about joining our teaching team or have questions regarding employment requirements, email Katie Yakiwchuk, Director of First Steps Preschool, or visit our website.

Posted by Katie Yakiwchuk

Changing Lives at Camp Qwanoes

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A couple days before our Women's Retreat this past fall, a group of ladies from a church in Surrey called to reluctantly cancel their registration, as their pastor had suddenly died. His wife was also registered for the retreat. A week later, some kids from this church came to our Juniors Retreat, including a son of the pastor who had just passed away. The following week, more kids from this church came to our Junior High Retreat, including another son from the same family.

One of our fall staff was the counsellor to these two boys over the two retreats. This staff member served during the summer of 2019 and he stayed on staff longer to help in the fall. A day before he left to return to Brazil, he and another staff member went to Surrey to visit some of his past campers, including these two boys and others from this church who had been in his cabin.

The boys were thrilled to see him! Just before he left for home he sent me this message: "What a blast this weekend was! Thanks for the idea and all the support! I heard so many good things today from the people at the church. All the parents were so thankful for our visit and for all of our work at the retreats with their kids, especially the pastor's wife, who is having a very difficult time. She shared with me such deep feelings, and how it was crucial for her kids to got to the Qwanoes retreats. She said it was like God's hands working to bring joy and rest to her kids, two weeks after their dad passed away. She said that I encouraged them, and she really appreciated that. I know only God can do that, I don't deserve anything, but he is always proving to me his love and how he takes care of me and my campers. I will send to you some pictures. And after the bowling, they prepared a surprise for me: all the campers and parents wrote a big card, with kind words, full of affection and consideration."

Do you know someone who could benefit from a week at camp? Registration for summer camps at Qwanoes is now open! Click here for more details. Scott Bayley, Camp Qwanoes Executive Director, will also be at church on Sunday to share about the upcoming camp season. Visit our Spotlight Table to pick up a brochure.

Posted by Scott Bayley

Becoming a Leader

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We are blessed to have a church family that desires being in community with one another. Currently, we have over 20 active community groups at SDBC and, this year alone, almost 40 people joined new community groups. Most of our community groups are now full due to the huge demand; this is both something to celebrate, and something that must cause us to take action and begin forming new groups for those who still desire to join a community group. However, in order to form new groups, we need to have leaders willing to lead the groups.

Being a community group leader does not mean that each week you must host, provide snacks, and lead the discussion. This sort of leadership can easily lead to burnout and a heavy reliance on one or two individuals. Our vision for community groups is that multiple members of the group take turns hosting, bringing snacks, and facilitating the discussion of study. This sort of structure allows every member of the group to have a healthy ownership and dedication to the group. We are asking for group leaders, not to carry all the responsibility of an entire group, but to help us foster, build, and grow healthy community groups here at SDBC.

If you are interested in becoming a community group leader, please click here. Also, please feel free to email me if you have any questions about becoming a community group leader.

Posted by Mary Grierson

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