Articles in Category: SBC Blog

It's Just a Phase, So Don't Miss It

  • Pastor Lee Young
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.

Mercy Tech Update - Spreading Hope

  • By Rick Cogbill
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...

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...

Dress Up Fun!

  • By Wendy Nixon
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.

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...

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