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My First Year

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Well, it’s officially been a year since my wife, Britni, and I packed up all our stuff in Ontario and headed out here to Tsawwassen. It’s crazy to think it has already been a year. It has gone by so quickly. So much has happened this year that it would take much longer than this blog to say it all, but I’ll try my best to give you a glimpse into what God is doing.

One of the greatest blessings of the past year has been working with the staff and volunteers at SDBC. The staff truly loves serving this community and wants to see Christ known in South Delta. But that mentality doesn’t stop with the staff. I’ve seen it in action in our church family, specifically with those who volunteer in youth and young adult ministries. I am privileged to have stepped into my role here at SDBC with a dedicated leadership team for our youth and young adult ministries already in place. Every week we have a group of leaders who come and are excited to be involved in what God is doing through these ministries. He is doing great things.

Our preteen program is seeing incredible community engagement, with students coming out and engaging with the games, the teaching, and their leaders. Many of these students and their families don’t attend SDBC but have heard about the program through kids talking about it at school. We’re continuing to teach explicitly what it means to be a Christian in our culture and praying for God to work through myself and the leadership team.

Students in our youth program are growing as a community as we’re seeing a consistent group of students out each week. Relationships are being built between leaders and students that is allowing open conversation during small group discussion times. I’m looking forward to what is ahead for the youth ministry this year. The focus moving forward is to build a gospel-centred community and build intentional discipleship relationships between students and leaders. This is all for the purpose of equipping teens to reach the youth of South Delta.

This past September, we changed things up a little for the young adults, and launched Reach, our new young adults program. We’ve seen almost a dozen young adults enter into mentoring relationships with members of SDBC. Throughout the fall, there was a growing desire to continue to have a young adult community group in addition to Reach, but with a missional focus. So, a few young adults stepped up to lead a group and work through the Alpha program. Through Reach and the community group, we’re seeing young adults challenged to step out in faith and reach the young adults of South Delta.

There’s a lot to be thankful for in this past year. I’m looking forward to seeing these ministries continue to impact students and young adults in the coming years. I ask for your prayers for myself, and the leadership teams for these ministries, as we continue to seek God’s direction.

Posted by Kyle McDonald

Easter Baptisms

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Easter is a special time of year where we gather together to reflect upon, and celebrate, what is at the core of our faith: the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter is about the amazing grace of God providing us with true hope and new life through the death and resurrection of Jesus! Let’s Love Like Jesus by spreading this good news to those in our community that desperately need real hope and new life. Who will you share the good news with this Easter season? Let’s begin by praying and asking God to reveal to us people in our lives that we can intentionally come alongside and point to Jesus. As part of our Easter celebration, we will be having baptisms. If you would like to get baptized on Easter Sunday, please contact the church office at  .

Posted by Jordan Scott

Pickleball Ministry

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Two years ago, a few of us from SDBC began playing the fastest growing sport in North America: pickleball. Pickleball is often described as a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. Initially, we wanted to have some fun in a friendly environment, as well as get some exercise. With everyone learning how to play all at the same time, we had some pretty good laughs. Word of mouth spread and our numbers grew quickly, to the point where we introduced another evening to accommodate the people coming out each week.

Today, we have seven sessions each week, with over a hundred people attending on a fairly regular basis. 75-85% of these players do not attend our church, with a large percentage of those not attending any church at all. God has given us an incredible opportunity to break down barriers of the unchurched entering a church environment. He has opened up doors for us to develop relationships with so many wonderful people in our community and to expose them to evangelistic opportunities like Alpha, Men’s Breakfast, and other SDBC events. We encourage our church members to reach out to friends, family, and neighbours by inviting them to participate in this fun activity.

When asked to write a “God Story,” I didn't think we would be able to point to a specific example of how God is working. We do know that we have met some wonderful people coming through our gym doors who God loves deeply. We often hear that it is a welcoming, friendly community and we have developed many new friendships. We are in our infancy as a sports ministry, but we trust that God is working through us. We don’t know how God will use this ministry, but we do know He loves each person coming through our doors. We are building relationships by coming alongside those we meet. We love them like Jesus.

We would appreciate your prayers and would love you to partner with us in this ministry of SDBC. For more information please click here. If you would like to get involved, please contact Dave Sowerby

Posted by Dave Sowerby

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