Thursday, 31 January 2019
One most common obsession in entertainment today is in the supernatural. Have you noticed how many movies and shows center around some hero or villain with super-human powers or some phenomena of the spirit-world? Supernatural is a word we use to describe anything that defies reason and we say, “how can that possibly be!?”
Tuesday, 15 January 2019
During the Fall of 2018, Summerland Baptist Church once again mailed out 3800 Practical Skills catalogues to every home in our community, highlighting 11 workshops designed to engage all ages. Each workshop was instructed by one of our SBC folks who has both passion and expertise to guide interested individuals to experience and enjoy a new hobby, skill or a better understanding of a pertinent issue.
Wednesday, 02 January 2019
WELCOME TO A NEW YEAR. Yeah, we’re thinking the same thing—didn’t we just do this? 2019 is going to happen, whether you plan for it or not. But what if this next year didn’t just happen? What if you had a plan, some intentionality driving your times together? This activity is designed to help you do that. We want you to come up with a plan for your family, not ours, not someone else’s. But a plan that fits who your family is — what you like to do, who you want to be...
Friday, 07 December 2018
This past October, 152 grandparents registered and attended the first conference of its’ kind in BC (to my knowledge). This event was designed to assist grandparents (and adults who are connected or caring for young people) in investing a godly legacy in the next generation. A team of 10 passionate grandparents from 5 South Okanagan communities met, planned and prepared for 10 months to hold this conference at SBC. Participants came from 24 different churches, over several denominations, and some even came from Alberta, the Lower Mainland, and other parts of BC...
Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Well our first month of Playschool has flown by. We are having fun learning together and getting to know each other.
October 31 (Halloween) was dress up day at Playschool. Who doesn’t love to dress up as a beautiful princess, rainbow dash pony or a fierce alligator or transformer for a day. What fun to make believe you have super powers or are the belle of a ball and twirl in a gown.
Thursday, 01 November 2018
Our youth department is a big fan of the Canadian Youth Workers Conference. Eight of them joined together with all kinds of youth workers from the BC interior, on October 26 & 27 for the first of eight stops across Canada. They all found it both inspiring and applicable. Parts of this conference are highly collaborative and they even had the chance to share about what God is doing in Summerland a few times!
Wednesday, 03 October 2018
Summer! Job opportunity. 9 to 12 hrs. a day, 7 days per week in a local cherry orchard. Report for work 6:00 am (ugh!) the next day. But I made it, lunch bucket in hand.
With 18 others at one of 3 chest-high conveyer belts in the orchard’s packing plant, I became a ‘sorter’ - but the self-proclaimed title ‘cherryologist’ sounds much more professional. Pick any cherry with broken skin, white stuff, damage marks etc. and drop it in the cull tray. Make absolutely sure no bad cherry plops off the end of the blue conveyor. Okay, I can handle that... Don’t know how many times I stretched way beyond my reach to hastily grab a questionable cherry about to slither over the end of the belt... kinda like saving a soul from a lost eternity before it was condemned forever...
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
How do we make significant connections with people? How do we get to know people outside the walls of our church for mutual enrichment? How did Jesus get to know those who did not follow Him around? Well, we read that he went to where people were, took opportunities to contact and connect in places like: a Well, a dinner party with ‘riff raff’, at night in a dark alley, at a wedding, by a pool, while walking past a sycamore tree...
Wednesday, 30 January 2019
Wednesday, 09 January 2019
The holiday's are officially over and since January can sometimes feel a little dreary, we've compiled some Jingle Jam photos and highlights to cheer you up and warm your heart!
Monday, 17 December 2018
Twas the 8th of December and all thru the church,
Every child had a smile, every angel a perch.
Pictures were taken with angel so bright
It reminded us of a star that first Christmas night.
Friday, 23 November 2018
A phase is a time frame in a kid’s life when you can leverage distinctive opportunities to influence a kid’s future.
Every one of us can point to somebody who showed up to make a difference in the different phases of our life. And because someone showed up for us, we can show up for somebody who needs us now in whatever phase they’re in. One of the best ways to show up is to understand the six things every kid and teenager needs.
Thursday, 08 November 2018
I was reminded recently that there hasn’t been an update from Mercy Tech Mission for a while – since last June, to be exact – and I can only hide behind the excuse that it’s been an extremely busy summer for me since returning home from Africa. As some of you may know, when I’m not travelling with Mercy Tech Mission, I am busy running a small renovation business here in the Okanagan Valley, and this year has been busier than most. But the fall season is well upon us and there are a number of upcoming trips that I need to tell you about...
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
We have been attending Family Camp since its most recent inception, which was about nine years ago, and I have to say, it's been a different experience every year. In the first few years, our kids were babies and toddlers and most of the weekend would be spent pacing the grounds at 4 am with a grouchy kid, trying to lull them back to sleep so as not to rouse the entire camp before the break of dawn, or doing a head-count of the children every five seconds to make sure that nobody had made a break for the dock and then tumbled into the open water while my back was turned. I remember my mantra in those years was, "we are not here to relax; we are here to make memories" (mumbled through gritted teeth). Because it was NOT relaxing. Not even a little. But it was always worth the trip and so we kept on going.
Wednesday, 26 September 2018
SBC has been blessed over the last few years to have some amazing young people who come and work as summer interns. They serve tirelessly and pour into the lives of our children and youth. We recently touched base with them and asked a few questions. We thought you would be interested in their replies to these four questions:
1. What was your favourite part of being an intern at SBC?
2. What was the biggest thing you learned during your SBC internship?
3. What are you doing this Fall?
4. How can we continue to pray for you?