Articles in Category: SBC Blog

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...


  • By Heidi & Karalyn Friesen
Tuesday, 15 May 2018

We are so thankful for our amazing volunteers and Prayer Pals who faithfully pour into our Shine girls each year. Here are some highlights from two lovely ladies who have invested themselves in countless ways over the years...

REFIT®: You Belong Here

  • By Bree Young
Monday, 30 April 2018

The story begins with me attending a dance fitness class in a city 45 minutes away, the nearest available class to me. Saskatchewan winters are long and cold. Dance fitness was my vitamin D. The instructor had just become certified, the class was her first and I was the only participant...

IV for the Soul

  • By Tianna Riemer
Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Music is powerful. I don’t think anyone would argue with that. It has the ability to alter our mood. It can bring us together. It can bring a long forgotten memory to the surface in an instant. Without it movies just wouldn’t be the same...

Jesus Gets The Last Word!

  • by Pastor Troy McKnight
Wednesday, 28 March 2018

The Lenten season, the six week journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday has been a staple in my spiritual life for almost 20 years now. Truth be told, I have a bit of a love hate relationship with these forty days of self-examination, self-denial, and confession. Forty days of intentionally slowing down, embracing silence and solitude, soaking in the passion story of Jesus and joining him on his descending journey toward the cross. The fact of the matter is, Lent is hard! Lent is exhausting! Lent is uncomfortable! And yet, every single year I rediscover this season’s shaping power in my life as I learn new things about Jesus, about myself, and how he calls me to live in the world as one of his disciples. I experienced yet another one of those shaping moments today. Let me explain...

Tiny House, Mighty Angels!

  • By Dianne Holland
Tuesday, 13 March 2018

First a discontent, then a seed thought precipitating anticipated action, followed by hesitant wonder at the enormity of it all. What!! Leave our lovely, comfortable, fair-sized home in Okanagan Falls for who-knows-just-what in Summerland? Well… we do commute at least twice weekly for activities at SBC – it would be nice to not have the commute. We could participate more… but we wouldn’t have an excuse for saying “No, ya know, the travelling distance.” Okay, we’ll do it. God will open the way...

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...

When Church and Family Collide

  • By Bree Young
Wednesday, 23 May 2018

We use the color ORANGE to illustrate the strategy we use here at Summerland Baptist Church.

We believe that all families matter.

Not just the family that
Is a married couple
With two or more biological children
Who never fight about finances
Have weekly family devotions
And teenagers who listen to worship music...

Not Forgotten!

  • By Pastor Del Riemer
Wednesday, 09 May 2018

Have you ever felt alone? Have you ever been lonely and wondered if anyone cared? Have you left a group of friends, work place, family unit or church and assumed that you were forgotten as you watched life move on without you? Well if you haven’t… be patient, because this is our human condition. We all want and need to be valued, loved, embraced and acknowledged...

One Step We Can Take

  • By Carolyn Wiebe
Monday, 23 April 2018

As a Children and Families team, we hope it is obvious that we are passionate about children.

A question we regularly ask ourselves is, how we can support children and their families both inside and outside of our church walls. Where are the needs? What are the gaps? Where is the vulnerability? And what can we offer?

Ministry Crafts at SBC

  • By Dianne Holland
Tuesday, 03 April 2018

WHY do folk participate? Here’s why... because they have hearts of gold spawned by a love for Jesus - and others! 

So, what do they do? They meet Tuesday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room. They chat and laugh while their hands are busily ripping freshly laundered, bleached bedsheets (that are donated by the Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop) into zillions of strips. 

Home Sharing

  • By Heather Readman
Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Home Sharing is a concept that not everyone is familiar with, and yet it has the great ability to impact everyone involved and serves the community as well. We asked Heather to share her family's experience with us...

We are a Home Schooling family, consisting of 5 humans, two dogs and three cats. Life is busy for sure, but it's a good life. 

A couple of years ago we did a home study with the intention of a Home Share...


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