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A Summer of Youth Ministry

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This summer we have seen God work in incredible ways in our youth. Due to the generosity of our church family, we were able to raise enough funds to support two interns to help with youth ministry throughout the summer. This allowed us to run our high school program at full capacity with weekly events, a weekly bible study, and other special events. 

Whenever you plan to run a ministry throughout the summer, there is always a fear that students will be away and won't show up, but we saw the exact opposite this summer. There was a consistent group out every week on Sunday nights, ready to engage in the word of God and participate in activities. We saw a few students make the transition from our preteen program to our high school program which is always a difficult transition to make. These students were welcomed in as part of the group and engaged with everything we did. 

One of the most encouraging things we saw this summer was the engagement with our weekly bible study. Every Monday during the summer we met at Starbucks in Tsawwassen and the youth interns, James Cox and Connor Bower, led the students through the book of Jonah. It was encouraging to see James and Connor lead the students in this study and see the students tracking with the passages, asking questions, and talking about applying it to their lives. It was also amazing to see most of our Sunday night group show up for these bible studies. We ended up taking up every seat in the whole outside area of Starbucks with teens eager to learn from God's word. 

Through all of this, we have seen students not only grow in their faith with God but we've even seen two students asking more questions about how to become a Christian and have God as part of their lives. One of these students said they believe Jesus is God but struggles with fully committing because they would have to change the way they live. This is just one example of how God is working in the lives of youth in South Delta. They are wrestling with the reality of the gospel and its effect on their lives. 

I am excited for what God has in store for the rest of 2018 and beyond for youth in this community. Would you commit to praying for our youth as they go back to school in the next few weeks? Pray that they would be lights in their schools and pray for those who are wrestling with having Christ as a part of their lives. 

The preteen and youth ministries are only possible because of church members who volunteer their time to pour into students to see them grow in faith and come to know Christ as their Saviour. We are in need of more volunteers, especially for our preteen ministry this upcoming year. Many people believe they need to be "cool" or outgoing to be a youth leader, but there is no perfect "type" of leader. We are looking for people who love Jesus and want to impact students lives with the gospel. 

If you are interested in joining us in this ministry in any capacity, whether to help with preteens or high school students, please email me or call the church office at 604-943-8244.

Posted by Kyle McDonald

Changing Landscape

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We are only a few weeks away from finishing our David and the King sermon series, and we'll launch our new series called Changing Landscape on September 9th. For five consecutive Sundays, we will learn why it's so important for us to be on mission with God, what it means to be a "missionally effective church," and consider some practical things that we could do to participate in God's mission in our everyday routines. By being students of our mission field right here in South Delta through studying research done by biblical scholars from North America and Europe, and by delving into the word of God, we will seek to intentionally disrupt our habits that hinder us from being missionally effective, and foster new habits that propel us to participate in God's mission right here in our own community. Please pray for the preachers and for our church family as we head into this new sermon series, and if you miss any sermons in this five-part series, please make sure to watch the videos on our website. We believe God will use this sermon series to mobilize and equip us to be effective missionaries sent to South Delta. May God give us hearts like that of good soil to receive His word throughout the series, and may He cause us to bear fruit for His glory as we put into practice what He has spoken to us. 

Posted by Paul Park

Children's Ministry

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I had been involved in youth ministry for ten years when a need opened up in children's ministry at SDBC. I had never served in children's ministry and felt unqualified but saw the need and felt called to step in. Sometimes we may think, "I'm not at kid person," "I'm not a teacher,"  or "I'm not sure I would be good at it," and those were my thoughts. But, I trusted that if God was calling me to this, He would equip me.

This eventually led me to serve on Sunday mornings as a coach/teacher for our elementary group leaders. I found a passion for leading not only the children in the ministry, but for our volunteers as well. Little did I know that God would use that to prepare me for another need in SDBC Kids. Again, I felt unqualified but the need was there and I stepped out in faith. I trusted that God was calling me to use the gifts He had given me in this ministry as the children's ministry coordinator.

My role as the ministry coordinator is to work alongside our volunteers, providing them with their curriculum and the necessary supplies for their activities, and being a support for them on Sunday mornings.

It is such a blessing to have the opportunity to serve the kids of SDBC in this ministry, as every week I see the kids grow in their knowledge and understanding of the bible and God's plan for them. There is nothing better than being a part of that moment when kids finally understand the gospel message.

Having worked in this ministry as both a volunteer and now as staff, I know that the need for volunteers is great in our ministry. We have upwards of 100 children who attend between Sunday mornings, Moments for Moms, and our childcare during Women in the Word. The areas that we are in need of volunteers are:
- Sunday mornings in the nursery up to grade 4; 
- check-in/security on Sunday mornings;
- snack prep on Sunday mornings;
- childcare for Moments for Moms (Tuesdays, twice a month); and
- childcare for Women in the Word (Wednesday mornings).

If you would like to serve alongside us in SDBC Kids, or if you have any questions, please stop by the Spotlight Table in the foyer this Sunday or email us at  . We'd love to meet with you!

Posted by Megan Sprinkle

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