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Operation Christmas Child

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Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan's Purse that aims to spread the love and gospel of Christ through the simple act of giving Christmas gifts every year to children living in poverty, in over 100 different countries. This ministry began in 1990 when two people, Dave and Jill Cooke, were inspired to spread joy and love during Christmas after seeing a report on orphans in Romania.

Today, thousands of churches and individuals fill shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and more to be delivered to children all over the world for Christmas. It is a simple way to help those in need around the world and also to spread the joy and message of Christ during the Christmas season. Since 1990, shoebox gifts have been delivered to more than 157 million children, in over 130 countries. In 2018 alone, Canadians donated 517,437 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

This initiative doesn't end with the shoeboxes. After the boxes have been delivered, the OCC staff begins a 12 session bible study called, The Greatest Journey, to teach children and families all about who God is and what He has done for them. Through this teaching, millions of children are coming to know Christ as their Lord and Saviour, and it all begins with a simple shoebox.

This fall, SDBC will become a collection centre for these shoeboxes for the South Delta region. Starting this Sunday, shoeboxes will be available to be taken home to be filled in preparation for National Collection Week on November 18th-24th.

We encourage you to take a shoebox this coming Sunday from the Spotlight Table and commit to filling it with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, or anything else to help those in need and bring them joy this Christmas. We would also encourage you to do this as a family or a community group. Boxes will also be available in the front office for pick-up, during office hours (Monday to Thursday, 9AM-4PM).

If you have any questions about Operation Christmas Child, visit the Spotlight Table on Sunday to talk to a member of the team that will be heading up this initiative. You can also email Britni McDonald, who is the Local Logistics Coordinator for South Delta. 

For more information, click here.

Posted by Kyle McDonald

Tutoring, Ministering, Loving

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This week is a very exciting week because we are rolling out a little more information about SDBC's tutoring project!

As our website mentions, our tutoring project will see us partnering with the City of Delta (Awesome After School) and Vancouver Urban Ministries to provide an after school program, which will include Orton-Gillingham tutoring. Awesome After School already takes place at the South Delta Recreation Centre, and we will be adding our tutoring services, for free, to their program. The Orton-Gillingham approach has helped many children improve their literacy, so we hope to make this quality supplemental education accessible to children who experience learning challenges due to dyslexia and/or other learning disabilities.

Tutoring is a service which many families do not have access to, whether that is because of their financial situation or because tutoring simply isn't available to them. Offering a free tutoring program in South Delta opens a huge door to meet a specific need in our community. Yes, this is a tutoring program, but it is more than that. This is ministry and a chance for us to meet the needs of our community and to serve as Jesus served when He left heaven to come down to earth.

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men - Philippians 2:4-7.

We hope to launch this initiative in 2020, however, before we can launch this project, we need a team of tutors and volunteers in place. Please prayerfully consider if being a tutor is something you are interested in and if this is a ministry where you could serve.

Feel free to email Mary Grierson with any questions or if you are interested in being a part of this tutoring initiative.

Posted by Mary Grierson

New SDBC Kids Curriculum

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On September 8th, SDBC Kids will be starting a new curriculum in each of our classrooms. Everyone from age 2 up to Grade 4 will be using the Awana curriculum! As the SDBC Kids team, it is our vision that every child be grounded in scripture and biblical truths and be able to have verses memorized and ready to use in their everyday lives.

The main focus in the Movers room (15-36 months) is free play time. Kids will start to learn bible stories through the Awana Puggles curriculum by listening to a story told by their teacher while they are sitting for snack time.

In the Preschool room, we will be using the Awana Cubbies curriculum. Kids will be learning biblical truths through different crafts and activities and story time with their leaders. They will also be introduced to bible verse memorization by learning key words or ideas from important verses.

Kids in Kindergarten and Grade 1 will use the Awana Sparks curriculum. This curriculum is designed for them to start learning and memorizing full bible verses while learning many important stories in the bible. The lessons will be reinforced with hands-on learning and activities to help them better understand the stories. The Sparks will take away two or three "Key Points" from each lesson and be able to recite a bible verse from memory.

Kids in Grades 2-4 will be working through the Awana T&T book, "Discovery of Grace." Through large group teaching time, hands-on games and activities, and table time where they will work through their handbook with their leaders, T&T kids will be diving deeper into different biblical truths and bible stories. They will also be working to memorize a different verse each week and can earn extra credit by memorizing multiple verses or doing the Gold and Silver sections in their handbooks.

On top of the new curriculum, Kids in Sparks and T&T will participate in Gym Days periodically throughout the year. On these days, we will be running different Awana games in the gym during the Sunday service.

We hope you're as excited as we are going into this new year with SDBC Kids! If you have any questions about the program, or would like to serve in this ministry, please email Sue Gibson.

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