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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

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

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