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“Train up a child up in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22:6

The word “training” is prevalent in the parenting community and is added to almost everything a parent does: sleep training, potty training, behaviour training, language training, focus training, separation training, and even genius training! The list goes on and on. The idea is that parents can train their child to do whatever they value as a family. Yes, we all need to have basic training to move from being a preschooler to an adult, but what if our “training” was rooted in God? What if we trained our children to pray, read scripture, value discipleship and mentorship, and to love and respect our neighbours, community, and environment? Proverbs 22:6 is well quoted. We may remember being told this verse as a child or teenager, or you may cling to these words as a parent, grandparent, uncle, or aunt. Unfortunately, this verse is not a guarantee or promise. Even when we invest our time, love, energy, and prayers in a child, we may not get the result we desired. However, what this verse does say is we need to “train a child up.” You cannot underestimate the importance of laying a firm foundation for a young person’s life. For it is upon that foundation which you build your faith, values, choices, and experiences.

First Steps Preschool knows it is a privilege to be a part of a young child’s “training.” The core values we model and teach are rooted in biblical values that emphasize a relationship with our loving God. We are committed to working together with the families to foster and nurture their child’s first learning experience outside their home. Spending these formative years with their children, learning and discovering the world around them, is a wonderful blessing.

If you have a child who is born in 2014 or 2015, and would like to receive information regarding our preschool programs, please contact our First Steps Director, Katie Yakiwchuk, at  .

Posted by Katie Yakiwchuk

Sermon Series

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Starting on February 25th, we will be taking a break from our David and the King sermon series, and starting a new mini series called, Marks of a True Christian. We will go through Romans 12:9-21 in this short series and learn what a follower of Christ with genuine love looks like. It is always a great joy to delve into the riches of the bible together with our church family, so please pray for God to move powerfully through this series, and let’s get excited to hear from God through His word! May God bless us as we study His word together! 

Posted by Paul Park

Reach Mentorship

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As the new young adult's ministry, Reach, was being developed last summer, it became apparent that there was a need for mentorship within the ministry. Mentorship is incredibly important at every stage in life, both mentoring those younger than you and being mentored by those that are older and further on in their lives. We see this principle represented in the bible. Paul was a mentor to Timothy, and as a result, Timothy was more supported and equipped to pour into and mentor those younger than him.

So how does the Reach mentorship ministry actually work? Once a young adult expresses interest in the program, we set out to match them with a mentor. We do so by looking for similar interests and passions, and for someone of the same gender who has already been through the stage of life that the young adult is currently in. After a mentorship match is made, the selected mentor reaches out to the young adult and they begin meeting once a month. Once a month is the only commitment that needs to be made, from there on, it is up to each mentorship pair to decide what works best for them.

Once these pairs are created, the young adults are encouraged to take further steps by praying and seeking out a youth aged student to begin walking beside, pouring into, and mentoring. The purpose of this ministry was not exclusively about pouring into the young adults. It was also about providing the young adults with a way to mentor those around them who are younger, as well as those who may be hurting and in need of their own mentorship.

I, personally, have been blessed by this ministry, and every month I have the beautiful opportunity of meeting with my mentor and also meeting with the students that I mentor. These relationships have helped me to grow in my faith, express my beliefs in new ways, dig deeper into what I believe and what it means to live life as a Christian, and also experience more fully what it means to love like Jesus. Walking through life with other believers is a gift from God; being supported by my mentor furthers enables me to be able to support those I mentor. Mentorship inspires me, and I am so excited to see how God uses this ministry both inside and outside the walls of our church.

Please pray as we continue to develop and grow this ministry!

Posted by Mary Grierson

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