Articles in Category: SBC Blog

Equipping for the Future

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!


  • By Dianne Holland
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...

A Bavarian Connection

  • By Pastor Del Riemer
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...

SERVE-ing in Kamloops

  • By Janae Hoel
Thursday, 30 August 2018

A little over a month ago, a group of 14 youth and 4 leaders from SBC went to Kamloops to join youth groups from across Western Canada at “Serve 2018”, to serve the city of Kamloops and the surrounding area for a week. Our team from SBC was assigned two different jobs for two days each. The first was helping an older gentleman who had gone through recent personal loss and was struggling with his health, to fix up his yard, organize his garage, and help out with a few things around the house. Our second assignment was being 18 extra sets of hands at the Kamloops Food Bank. Our tasks there included packing hampers, sorting produce and baked items, categorizing boxes, cleaning parts of the building, and interacting and serving those who came to use the services the Food Bank offered...

Friday Morning Tea

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

It is a privilege to share with others the blessings we experience from God. There are so many people who enjoy getting together with others but often don’t have the opportunity to do this. Over the summer, our Seniors have had the opportunity to get together for tea, coffee and fellowship at Jack and Pam Borchert’s home. This Friday is our last scheduled Friday Morning Tea (10 - 11:30 am) and we hope you will join us. It has been a blessing to have a wide age range of individuals join in! 

Courageous Grandparenting

  • By Pastor Del Riemer
Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Have you noticed the subtle cultural current in churches today affecting those who are approaching or enjoying retirement, to disconnect from the younger generation or be hesitant as to how to engage them? I see this happening in church after church as the numbers who volunteer in children and youth ministries declines, music style becomes an ‘issue’ and as trips and personal activities take a higher priority than investing in the coming generation...

Better Together Includes... Who?

  • By Pastor Del Riemer
Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Many of you will know about our SBC ‘Better Together’ program which connects older people in our church family (empty nest couples and singles) with a young family with children. This initiative has been operating for 4 years now and currently we have 22 sponsorship connections which serve to enrich the young families by celebrating special events, looking after children so mom and dad can have a ‘date night’, mentorship, prayer, practical assistance and encouragement...

"You Must Be Christian"

  • By Rick Cogbill
Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Due to some new government regulations, I had a difficult time getting myself a sim card for my phone when I first arrived in Swaziland. After two weeks of frustration I was finally able to make some progress at a local phone store in nearby Tricash. The application process is a lengthy one, and while I was waiting for her assistant to do the paperwork, the store clerk asked me why I was visiting the area. I explained about Mercy Tech and how my team of volunteers had come to teach employable trades to the local people. She asked me if this was my job and did my team get paid. I said no, we’re volunteers; we don’t get paid to do this...

The Evolution of Family Camp (Plus Camp Hacks)

  • By Amanda Brown
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.

Our Amazing Summer Interns

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?

Beacon Initiatives Fun 'n Fellowship

  • By Dianne Holland
Wednesday, 05 September 2018

Elevating down or step stepping our way down to the second floor Fireside Room, on Tuesday mornings, we, those who consider ourselves seniors or even pre-seniors at SBC, enjoy mental stimulation with Scrabble, or physical exercise with carpet bowling, or relaxation with Dominoes, or any board game you choose to introduce. Fellowship, lunch, and the opportunity to reach out to others in the community... time well spent!  

GLS: Inspiration Gleaned

Monday, 20 August 2018

On August 9 & 10, SBC brought the Global Leadership Summit to our church family. In years past, we have always taken a small group to learn and be inspired by a variety of visionary leaders. We've always wished more could benefit from the amazing teaching. This year we took the opportunity to bring it to SBC, so that anyone in our church family who wished to could take part. There was so much to take in over those two days, but we asked a few people to weigh in with a few of their own personal take-aways...

Red Carpet 2018

  • By Delaney McKelvey
Wednesday, 04 July 2018

The Red Carpet event this year for me was a little different, and I was able to witness the night from a completely different perspective! The past couple years I’ve been able to be a part of the planning and designing team for the night, however this year, since I was still away at school, I missed out on that part. But I was so honoured and thankful to have been asked to be the speaker for the night! Something that is totally out of my comfort zone, but as I’ve grown and been challenged this year at school I’ve chosen to step out in boldness in some areas that scare me, this being one of them...

Good Thing Maker

  • By Wendy Nixon
Monday, 18 June 2018

June 13 was the Summerland Playschool’s graduation celebration.

As we started making the playschooler’s scrapbooks a couple of weeks ago, (note to self to start them much earlier next year), I realized how much these precious playschoolers have grown...

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