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Children's Ministry Update

For the last few weeks, we've been discussing our financial situation at our church, and we informed you that we'll be creatively looking to find efficiency in our expenses. One of the changes we're making to staffing is to no longer search for a Director of Children's Ministry. We allocated funds in our budget for this position, but it would not be wise to add to our staffing expenses in this time of financial difficulty. However, not having a director for SDBC Kids would detriment our opportunity for growth and especially in reaching young families in our community for Christ. Therefore, we made some changes within our existing staff to transition Sue Gibson into the role of Director of Family Life. Sue has been a committed member of SDBC for many years, and she has been a tremendously important part of our team. We're so thankful that she agreed to step into this role to oversee our SDBC Kids programs and our family ministries. 

Sue has already been overseeing our SDBC Kids team for several months now because the Director of Children's Ministry position was vacant. We've been searching for this position for a couple years, and we were not able to find the right person for the job. Our search team has interviewed candidates, and we have received several resumes, but God has not opened any doors. With Sue transitioning into this role, we would be well positioned for growth in this important ministry, especially since she has much experience in this ministry. Sue led our Children's Ministry as a director from 2001 to 2007. Even when she was not directing the ministry herself, she mentored others and supported this ministry for many years. Sue is an excellent director possessing the administrative, relational, and leadership qualities that we've been looking for in this position. Through our financial struggles, God has opened this wonderful opportunity for Sue to lead our SDBC Kids and Families ministries. Our staff is so thankful for God's direction in Sue's life, and we are excited to partner with Sue as she leads our Children's and Families ministries! Please pray for Sue and the SDBC Kids team as we make this transition over the summer. 

Posted by Paul Park

Life Began in a Garden

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Several years ago, SDBC set aside an area on the north side of the church building for a community garden. Master gardener, Colleen Adam, and Dr. Larry Adam spearheaded this initiative and were supported by Pastor Mark Johnson and volunteers. 

The lumber needed to create the frames for the gardening plots as well as the initial soil were donated. On a Saturday, a team of volunteers cut the lumber to size, nailed the frames together and created the first phase of the garden, 12 plots each approximately 3' x 12'.  The first gardeners were excited to have a space to grow their crops.

The demand for plots quickly grew and another 18 plots were soon added. In addition to the plots, fruit trees were planted on the north side of the yard. Within the last two years, an SDBC member donated another six fruit trees. Now the birds, as well as some gardeners, enjoy the apples and cherries.

Access to water is also provided by SDBC. Recently, the hose once connected to a tap by the pastors' offices was replaced by an underground pipe to a central location in the garden.

There are approximately 20 gardeners working the 30 plots, and some of them are the original gardeners. Others have since joined us, leaving their place at Earthwise. A few gardeners have moved away from Delta, but have been replaced by others quite quickly. We have seniors looking for a way to stay active, and at least one of them has attended our Senior Scene luncheons. Most of the gardeners live in homes without access to a place to garden. At present, there is only one member of SDBC that gardens with us. Our gardeners live in Tsawwassen, Ladner, and even Richmond, with one living in Vancouver who comes out to Tsawwassen on weekends to visit her parents and work her plot. There is currently a waiting list of people interested in using a plot.

Relationships have been developed with SDBC and our community gardeners. They are very thankful for the space provided by the church and new comers are surprised that there is no registration fee or annual rent. However, they are encouraged to give their "first fruits" of produce to our Community Dinner ministry. Others may offer cut flowers to the church. It is our goal to encourage all gardeners to join our church community.

Gardeners are special people. Abbey, one of the first gardeners, recently said that gardeners learn to have patience as they diligently work the soil. She said she enjoys trying new varieties and often is surprised by what she harvests. Every gardener has a story to tell and they are eager to share their love of their favourite past time.

You are encouraged to visit the garden. As Christians, we know that life began in a garden. God created everything for us to enjoy. Each time we enter our community garden we are reminded how well blessed we are.

Posted by Doug Thomson

Salt Spring Island 2018

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This summer will be the 21st trip that our youth group will make to Salt Spring Island for our week-long missions trip. Salt Spring is a trip that has impacted many lives over the years. You can talk to anyone who has been on the trip and hear about how they have been impacted by being a part of it. 

As I write this, I am reminded of what one of the teens said about last year's trip during our final meeting. She said that Salt Spring is a time where she can come, get away from the busyness of life, serve others, and grow in her relationship with God. I think that sums up the trip so well. We can often spend our days being so busy that we can neglect our relationship with God. The Salt Spring trip is an opportunity for students to explore what it means to be a Christian or grow in their relationship with Him. We do this through morning devotions, teaching sessions, and worship nights. It also allows students to put their faith into action by going out as a community to serve people on the Island and show the love of Christ to them. 

Jesus was once asked, "What is the greatest commandment in the law?" Jesus responded by saying, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself" (Matthew 22:37-39). This is what we try to do at Salt Spring. We aim to love God by studying His word, worshipping Him, and glorifying Him in our work. We aim to love our neighbour by helping those in need on Salt Spring. Whether that means weeding, chopping firewood, or shovelling dirt, we want to put the love of God on display for the people of Salt Spring.

Our trip this year is from Saturday, June 30th to Saturday, July 7th. I would like to ask you to pray for the team that is going to Salt Spring this year. Some of the students are exploring faith and others have been Christians for a long time. Pray that God would draw students to a relationship with Him and pray that students would grow in their faith. We also meet a lot of people on Salt Spring as we work for them. Pray that we would have conversations with the locals that would cause them to explore faith in Christ and that they would see God's love on display. Finally, pray that in all we do on Salt Spring Island, we are glorifying God in it.

Posted by Kyle McDonald

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