What a Summer!

By Rebecca Penner

When I boarded my plane to the Okanagan back in May, I had no idea what exciting opportunities my summer would hold here at SBC. Now that my internship is coming to an end, I would like to share some of the things I’ve been involved with this summer.

From the beginning, I was able to dive into leading our Middle School youth group on Friday nights. Our summer theme has been “Bible in a Summer.” Each week, we learned a new part of God’s big story, starting with creation, moving to the entrance of sin into the world, and continuing with God’s work to redeem the world. One highlight was “Easter Night,” where the resurrection story was paired with traditional Easter activities, such as egg decorating and an egg hunt.

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It was also great getting involved with our high school youth. Pastor Lee selected a video series on the book of James to work through. I loved the opportunity to lead a couple of the conversations.
Something new at SBC was our “Wednesday Afternoon Adventures” for middle schoolers. On every other Wednesday, we held events such as climbing Mount Cartwright or the Messy Olympics. It was great having our middle school youth come out to engage on a weekday, and it wouldn’t have been possible without our high school youth volunteers.

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SBC has an amazing high school youth group. They are willing to get involved in serving others. A real highlight from my involvement with the high school youth was taking groups to volunteer at Kelowna Gospel Mission on two different Thursdays in August. Participants helped to prepare and serve food, and had opportunities to interact with the guests at KGM. It was amazing to see our youth get excited about helping others!

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This summer has been such as blessing. I am so grateful for how welcoming and encouraging the SBC church family has been, and have loved the opportunity to work with your youth. I will miss you!

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