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...
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...
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!
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...