First News

FIRST NEWS | MAY 27, 2020


Click the video below to watch this week's pastoral reflection "Lectio Divina: Praying through the Scriptures" by Filipe Balieiro.


Click the video below to watch an update from Anthony on FBC worship services.


Two months staying-at-home and we believe most of us have found ourselves doing a few out-of-the-ordinary routines and practices. Baking, for example. Baking a LOT. We’ll look back on this time someday and it’ll be a strange, beautiful thing we shared: all this “alone, together” business. So with that said, check out some of the stories from our community, from sewing projects to delivering mails dressing up as a bandit! Enjoy!

Teresa Findlay

To stave off boredom, I got out my scrap fabric drawer and started sewing some fun projects. Don't know what I will do with all of the finished projects but here is what I have made so far. 

Kira Fondse

As an artist this time has felt like a blessing in disguise in many ways, because there is so much time to create and so little pressure. I’ve been spending my days collaborating with other musicians virtually, writing songs, practicing my baritone uke, and doing a lot of recording (and then, sending those recordings out to folks who I know could use some encouragement). In addition, I’ve been spending a lot more time in the Word and in prayer, going for long walks and engaging in plenty of phone/Zoom calls, so the days seem quite full. I am incredibly grateful to the many FBC members who have reached out and encouraged me during this time!

Jetty Kurniawan

I have been feeling artsy with art projects from my son's art class and gaining some new skills (hairstylist and baking Indonesian snacks) at home, that normally will not happen pre-pandemic time.



We have been homeschooling our children and running Teo's Academy since the stay-at-home orders started. Here are some pictures of us investigating the spring weather with a homemade rain gauge. We also made a wind vane. We took a Rainbow Spring Walk around the neighbourhood, collecting things that are in the colours of the rainbow. Click HERE to watch a cute video of Cheryl showing us how to make homemade lemonade.


Roger Grose

I have been delivering birthday card and a box of Smarties to our students who have had birthdays during this time of social isolation. So far I have delivered 167 birthday greetings. Click HERE to watch me in action.

Richmond Christian School - Special Birthday Delivery - Birthdays in quarantine have to be celebrated in more creative ways. This sneaky birthday bandit has been delivering treats and a card to those students who are having a birthday at home during this time. If your student is having a birthday this month be on the lookout for a birthday special delivery! Even with the mask he looks a bit familiar?! 

(Roger is the Superintendent of Richmond Christian School)

Angeline Teay

My bored roommate (aka husband), Joseph, watched a video on YouTube and wanted to try his hands on women's haircut. Thankfully, I think he did a pretty decent job. He has been watching a lot of "How to Cut Bangs" tutorials lately and to be honest, I am terrified.



Cambie (and Company) Coffee Conversation

Live in the Cambie, Oasome new skillskride, Marpole, Shaughnessy areas, or somewhere nearby? Please join us for a Cambie (and company) coffee conversation on Zoom next Sunday, June 7, from 1-2 pm. This is a simple attempt to develop a sense of connection for those in this collective area of Vancouver, and to ameliorate the isolation that we all feel! We hope this will be the first of multiple such gatherings. 

To RSVP, please contact Stuart, the area pastor, at   by Saturday June 6. 

Family News

Our brother, Ian Couper, went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 22. Ian was a gentle man of God and his wife, Christine recently passed away in Jul of 2019. Pray for Bobbie, Ian's son, and the extended family during this time.


FIRST NEWS | MAY 20, 2020



The New Generations Ministry is committed to guiding and equipping parents and grandparents with tools and resources to help them be the primary spiritual influencers in the lives of our children, preteens, and youth. More than ever, given the unprecedented circumstances,  that our role is to support families in fostering spaces for spiritual formation. Get to know more about our new curriculum, weekly resources by watching the video below.


Guest Preacher: Gordon T. Smith

President and Professor of Systematic and Spiritual Theology, Ambrose University and Seminary
Sunday, May 24
Message: Ascension and Pentecost: The Inflection Point of the Universe
Text: Luke 24:44-53 NRSV

Faith, Grief, and Covid-19

Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries has recently released a 4 part video based series on Faith, Grief, and Covid-19. This material is free and can be used by anyone. John will be hosting an introduction and orientation to this material over zoom on Saturday, May 23 at 10-11am. To register, please email  .

 Growth Class: The Art of Neighbouring

For those who missed last Saturday's Growth Class with Barry and Joan Jung, click HEREfor the video recording of the session.

Family News

David Jones passed away to the presence of the Lord on Tuesday, May 12. David loved to sing and was a member of our choir for a number of years. Pray that the Lord will comfort and give peace to David's family in this time of loss.  

FIRST NEWS | MAY 13, 2020



Click the link below to watch the latest Heart for the City project update by Broek Bosma, Chair of the Project Oversight Committee.

Here are some photos of the ongoing construction taken by Fred Liebich and Justin Kim.


A reminder that if you’d like to attend the 'Art of Neighbouring' Growth Class on Saturday, May 16 at 10am, you will need to sign up online in order to receive the Zoom link. 
Please sign up by the end of the day on Thursday (May 14) following this link.




Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries has recently released a 4 part video based series on Faith, Grief, and Covid19. This material is free and can be used by anyone. John will be hosting an introduction and orientation to this material over zoom. This material would be particularly helpful for those who would like to better understand grief and/or caring for someone who is processing grief. The same orientation will be offered at 2 different times: Thursday, May 21 at 10-11am or Saturday, May 23 at 10-11am.

To register, please email   and indicate which session you prefer. 


We are planning on running online membership classes in the next month. If you are interested in becoming a member of FBC at this time please contact Rebecca at   by May 15. 



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