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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

Intern Update

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With one month left in the summer, we asked our interns about some of the highlights of the past month and how they have seen God working at SDBC. Here is what they said: 

The thing that has excited me the most is seeing the growth of the youth over the summer. I was able to grow closer to different youth in our program and make connections, both of which were large highlights to my summer. Additionally, it was exciting to have the opportunity to share a message with a larger group on Salt Spring for the first time, and hear that it had inspired at least one of the youth to have the confidence to talk to her teacher and principle. She hopes to further highlight awareness of stress and anxiety problems. It was awesome to see my story used for God's glory. 

This summer has been a great chance to watch the spiritual growth of our students, from early in the summer at Salt Spring Island up until right now as we do our weekly events. For me personally, being involved in leading them through a bible study as well as giving the message this coming Sunday at Gap is what is exciting me the most. I can't wait to see how God will impact our youth here at South Delta Baptist over the rest of the summer! 

This summer has been filled with new challenges and fun times in the office. As I look back on these past few months as the Kids intern, I am reminded of how much God has provided for this ministry. Some highlights for me include getting to know some of the newer families in the church, as well as working alongside the Kids team to run the Summer Carnival. The Carnival was by far my favourite part of this internship. It was such an amazing day that we used to bless the families of our church and community. I loved seeing parents and kids enjoy our super slide, and, as a bonus, I got to dunk Pastor Paul in the dunk tank! Although my summer internship is almost over, August is just starting and I cannot wait to see what God will do during this last month. The Kids and Family ministries are working hard to put together our final summer events and we cannot wait to celebrate with our church family!

Stephen Ministry Update

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The weather is a common topic of discussion. Some people are never satisfied with the current conditions. For instance, I find our hot, dry summers uncomfortable. But I also find our winters too dull and wet. But I can get over it. In fact, there is nowhere else I would like to live.

As we know, there are many people who can't get over their current situation. Physical health and mental health issues impact most of us during our lives. Cancer can be beaten but we recognize the dramatic effect it has on many families. Cancer is only one of a number of life-shortening illnesses that we face. Mental health illnesses, such as depression, impact people no matter what the weather. Add to those illnesses the issues that cause relationships to fail and life, even a Christian life, can be challenging.

There are many different situations that people face, but there is one that is typical of the challenges we face in Stephen Ministry: a Stephen Minister and her Care Receiver had been meeting for about a year and a half, ever since the care receiver's spouse had died. She had been feeling happier recently and talking positively about the future. Suddenly, however, she was very sad. She had been told that her best friend was moving to Alberta to be closer to her family. She thought she was getting over the sadness at her spouse's death but now, the loss of her friend had set her back. The sadness was making it difficult to even discuss the subject. The Stephen Minister recognized her depression had returned and prayerfully began encouraging and providing hope to her Care Receiver. She shared the hope of Romans 8:31-39 and the process of listening and being there continues to this day.

Summer is a time for many people to take vacations from their normal routine. Some community groups don't meet as consistently during the summer and other ministries plan fewer events to accommodate holidays. Early in the development of Stephen Ministry we realized that the challenges people face don't take holidays and so Stephen Ministers continue to serve throughout the summer.

Over the last 10 years, SDBC has had an effective ministry that trains volunteers to serve people going through the inevitable challenges of life. A Stephen Minister will come alongside a Care Receiver and dedicate an hour per week for as long as it takes to support the person. It is understood that while the Stephen Minister can care for the person, it is only God that can cure us.

During the fall of this year, SDBC will celebrate the last 10 years of service provided by Stephen Ministry. The effectiveness of the ministry is a result of the work of the Holy Spirit working through the many Stephen Ministers and their Care Receivers, as well as the prayerful support of the SDBC family. As we move forward, one of our goals is to ensure that each member and adherent, when faced with a challenge, will first seek God's love and encouragement, and second, seek the love and support of a Stephen Minister.

Posted by Doug Thomson

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