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SDBC Salt Spring Youth Trip Update

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I write this update with a heavy heart. After much prayer and discernment, we will be cancelling our annual SDBC Salt Spring Youth Trip this year. There are a number of factors and variables that have led the youth team to this decision. We have waited to see the how, when, and what of the province's plan regarding easing COVID-19 restrictions as summer approaches. However, with the extension of our state of emergency for an additional two weeks into May and uncertainty for what June and July will look like regarding COVID-19 safety guidelines and protocols, we will not be able to move forward with the trip this year. 

This would have been our 23rd year in a row sending a youth team to Salt Spring Island providing a unique opportunity for students to connect, learn, serve, and grow as disciples (personally, this would have been my 22nd year being a part of the trip). We like to rally around Acts 2:42-47 as our theme verses each year. Reading through these verses, I'm encouraged that even though our youth group will not be heading over to Salt Spring this summer, we can still rally around these verses and grow as disciples in our current season of life. We can, like the early church, devote ourselves "to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." It's in light of this that I look forward to seeing how God will provide unique ways for our youth group to continue to connect, learn, serve, and grow as disciples.

If you have any questions regarding Salt Spring, please e-mail Pastor Jordan.

Posted by Jordan Scott

SDBC Kids Online: Thankfulness

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Everything changed when March brought new challenges for us all. Moms and Dads are now balancing work from home while teaching and caring full-time for their families. This time of self isolation, when so many families are home around the clock, has made ministry challenging, a challenge I am thankful for, as this is an opportunity for our team to serve our families in a unique way.

At first, I was very overwhelmed as to how we would continue to feed into the lives of the children and families at SDBC. Laying this struggle at the foot of the cross and letting the Lord provide, ended up creating an exciting and fun opportunity to let God lead. I am thankful for our Kids team, Megan Sprinkle and Kaitlyn Shipowich, who are gifted and creative. They have done an excellent job putting videos together helping SDBC kids continue to learn and grow in their walk with God. Each week, we send out a video and activity pages for the kids so they can watch and learn. For example, SDBC Kids are learning the books of the bible in order, the fruit of the spirit, the Lord's Prayer, and so much more. I am thankful that we have the opportunity to help our kids learn these basic parts of scripture during this time online. Personally, it has been an incredible joy to receive a video of a child reciting the books of the bible in order or reciting the fruits of the spirit. We have dropped prizes off at homes when they have sent me their video.

Our lives can change at any time in our walk with the Lord. I am thankful that he never changes and will carry us through every detail of our lives. He also gives joy in the tough times to help us through.

James 1:2-4 says, "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."

Our trials are designed to produce spiritual maturity and should therefore be counted as joy. I am thankful and joyful to be his child.

Click here for more information and to connect with SDBC Kids.

Posted by Sue Gibson

Starfish Pack: Continuing to Serve

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You may be wondering, or have people asking you, "What is Starfish Pack South Delta doing at this time?" Since schools are not in session and distancing regulations are in place, our team had to get creative. We knew that the needs we were meeting were not going to go away at this time, and, if anything, they would be increasing.

I am pleased to let you know that we are continuing the Starfish Pack program. We made some significant changes to how the program is run and carried out, allowing us to continue to meet the needs of more than 20 families in South Delta.

Every week, a community partner helps us pick up our order from Save-On Foods and delivers it to our packing location. Two of our volunteers have taken this new adventure on and are doing all of the packing out of their own garage. They are wearing gloves and packing the food into plastic bags which will only be used once. From there, they deliver the bags to the schools and the school administration arranges the pick up with the families.

Until further notice, this is how Starfish Pack will continue to run. We are so thankful for our volunteers and the support of our community. This program has provided us yet another way to be the hands and feet of Jesus during this pandemic.

If you would like more information about Starfish Pack, please visit our website.

Posted by Mary Grierson

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