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Building a Culture of Hospitality

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There are many transitions that come along with heading into the fall season. We shift into new schedules, students head back to school, we say goodbye to the sun, and, for our church, we have launched a new service format. Transitions bring both challenges for us as we adjust, and provide new opportunities for us to engage. One opportunity for all of us to engage in is our new hospitality initiative called Initiative 9:50. The idea behind this initiative is simple: that we would get into the mindset that church starts at 9:50AM when we connect with each other and with new people to our church. This initiative is the foundation for building a new culture of hospitality at SDBC. This is something everyone can engage and participate in as we Love Like Jesus.
 
Along with Initiative 9:50, we have made a number of changes to our hospitality systems in order to reinforce and grow this new culture of hospitality. We are looking for new people to step up and serve on our hospitality team. Do you love connecting with people and are you looking for a new way to connect and serve at church? Joining the hospitality team might be the perfect opportunity to engage further at SDBC this fall. We are looking for people to join our new parking lot greeting crew, our coffee serving team, and our connections follow-up team. But, maybe you aren’t best suited for being in a role that involves directly connecting with people. That doesn’t mean you can’t be on the hospitality team! We are also looking for people to help on the set-up team and in administrative/coordinating roles, as well as people with unique skills like interior design or graphic design; these are all giftings that can help contribute to building a culture of hospitality at SDBC.
 
If you are interested in serving in these areas, or would like more information on a potential role, please send an e-mail to Pastor Jordan at  .

Posted by Jordan Scott

Vision and Mission

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Starting this Sunday, we are challenging our congregation to participate in what we’re calling Initiative 9:50. This is an initiative for our church family to come at least ten minutes before the service start time, which is 10AM on Sunday mornings. By coming early, we can “greet one another with a holy kiss” (figuratively) and engage in building community, which is a part of our vision to love like Jesus. Another important reason why we want to come early as a church family is to be prepared to serve the body of Christ—especially those who are new to the church body. By becoming the most hospitable church we can be, we’re showing people in our community that we’re serious about loving like Jesus. We, as a whole church family, come early and prepare ourselves to serve. We get to set the tone for our church. We’re not here to be consumers; we’re here to worship God and serve one another as Christ has exemplified for us. This is how we plan to love like Jesus this year—by establishing a culture of service and hospitality. Please join us in this initiative and arrive before 9:50AM on Sundays. We look forward to seeing you earlier than usual this Sunday!

Posted by Paul Park

Taking Us Out of Our Comfort Zone

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Comfort… it is a thought provoking word. Oftentimes, we find ourselves naturally being pulled towards what is comfortable and familiar to us. This is not always a bad thing. However, comfort can often lead to a stagnant place. Jesus called us to, “Love our neighbours as ourselves.” He called us to feed and clothe the “least of these,” and He called us into community with one another, but He never called us into what is “comfortable.” 

As a young adult community group, we realized that we were approaching a place of comfort and almost stagnation. We met every week, talked to the same people, ate the same food, and realized that we were not doing much to reach out to those around us. We all agreed it was time to shake things up a little bit. 

And so, REACH emerged! REACH is the new young adult ministry of South Delta Baptist Church. Starting September 12th, we will meet in the Youth Centre of the church every second and fourth Tuesday of the month to sing, worship, learn, and discuss culturally relevant topics together. The ministry is called REACH because we emphasize Reaching Up: growing close to our God and Heavenly Father; Reaching In: to the community of SDBC; and Reaching Out: to the larger church community and communities of Tsawwassen and Ladner. Within this ministry, we are starting up a mentorship program, seeking out opportunities to serve our community and the larger church body, and by moving to a central, larger space, we are hoping to create a more inclusive atmosphere so that more young adults feel they can join our community. 

Change is not something that comes easily to every individual. However, when following the Lord, change is something that each Christian needs to navigate. God does not call us to where we always want to go. He calls us out upon the waters; to the great unknown. The great unknown that is totally known to Him. 

Please be in prayer for this change for us, and pray for this ministry initiative as we prepare to hold our first REACH gathering!

Posted by Mary Grierson

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