First News

FIRST NEWS | JULY 29, 2020


Click the video below to watch this week's reflection by Daniel.


Community stories are back! May these snippets of joy from our community make your day a little brighter and bring you much encouragement!

The Arndts

We have always encouraged our family to be creative in our downtime, so now that we are no longer rushing around going here and there, we have had more time to focus on our projects. Wil has so much more time to spend with the kids and feels more productive to be able to work from home. He has also been able to write more, which is one of his many passions. Lily has been missing friends, but has embraced zoom. When not chatting with her friends, she spends her time writing, drawing, playing piano and working on her projects as well as filming and editing for FBC. Grayson was able to thrive while learning from home, when school was in session, without all of the distractions. As well as working on his stop motion projects, he has really enjoyed working in the garden with his mom and taking evening bike rides with his dad. Annette is extremely grateful that she no longer needs to be the family taxi and, in addition to working as an art director from home, she has been able to focus more of her time on her artwork and practicing her mandolin. Then on the weekends we make pizza and have a family movie night. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this extra time and tackle that project you've always wanted to, now's the time.

Alice Owen

Does anyone else feel that the birds sing more loudly, the flowers are more abundant and everything is growing at warp speed? A hymn that I used to sing when I was a child keeps resonating in my heart and mind: Into the Heart of the Wildwood (T. Tiplady/J.E. Jones, 1933)

Verse 2
Birds in the branches were singing a song of joy
Bees o’er the blossoms were humming their sweet employ
And in the heart of the wildwood there seemed to be
One who of old walked in Eden walking with me.

Inspired by the imagery in this song and many others, I dug out my camera and have spent many afternoons taking pictures in the parks and gardens around me. I particularly enjoy watching the bumblebees as they lazily go from flower to flower in the afternoon sun. Even though the choir is unable to sing together right now, I still can hear our voices in harmony singing: “When through the woods and forest glades I wander and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees…. My God, how great Thou art!”

Suzana Espíndola

I've been collecting amazing pictures during my runnings. Oh, yeah! I became a runner during this quarantine. I needed to release all my stress, and I realized that being in contact with nature--praying and running--is helping me with that. I did my first 10km a couple of weeks ago! Also, I've never been so healthy (what the best way to protect against a virus if not increasing your immune system, right!?). I tried a couple of recipes (not much my strength, though), and I am writing A LOT (UBC is keeping me very busy). Well, I guess I can tell that my plans of slowing down during the quarantine did not work...

The Reddekopps

Our little family has been spending a lot of time together doing fun summer activities! We went blueberry-picking at Pittmeadows recently. Ally and Lyn baked blueberry crumble from our harvest and it was a big hit! We visited the driving range and practiced some golf swings! We have also been taking walks on trails at Port Moody and Coquitlam. While at home, the kids had an adventure in the kitchen and we enjoy playing board games together!

Mary Landell

During this pandemic, while I’m grateful to be a retired person living independently in good health, I’ve had a few anchors to keep me feeling vital and balanced. The fellowship of the Trinity and staying in the Word, plus the online presence of FBC has made me feel closer to and more grateful for the church community! I would also want to highlight an amazing opportunity I have to help a charity raise money while also promoting safe social distancing by making available quality face masks for people to purchase. The washable masks (patterned or black) have 2 layers of high-quality anti-microbial and hypoallergenic microfiber fabric (but are not a replacement for medical-grade masks). A charcoal filter is optional. Also available are colourful buffs (tubes) that can double as scarves, bandanas or even a temporary mask. That’s me in the photo wearing a buff and matching mask! Save the Mothers is an international, charitable organization equipping African leaders to save the lives of women and babies. Pregnant women are needlessly dying by the hundreds for lack of support, transportation, and medical help. The picture above is of a hopeful future Mom in Africa.

If anyone wants to purchase a mask or donate please visit or contact me at   or 604.682.7579.


There are many distinctive elements of a local church that come together to form that church’s particular identity. These elements include the people who make up the congregation, the neighbourhood in which the church is located, the mission the church is committed to, and the beliefs that are central to the church’s life.

For the next three Sundays we will be looking at three of First Baptist Church’s convictions about the nature of the local church that help to shape our identity. What does it mean for us to be Baptist? What does it mean for us to be Evangelical? What does it mean for us to be Egalitarian?

Does being a Baptist church matter? What does “Baptist” even mean? Why do we call ourselves Evangelical, particularly when that title has gained such unwelcome associations in North America in recent years? And what does it mean for us to be egalitarian, holding to the equality of men and women in access to ministry roles in the church?

David: Experiencing the Sovereignty of God

At the beginning of September, we will be commencing a study of the relationship between God and David recorded in the Old Testament books of 1 & 2 Samuel. Our studies of Samuel will start at the point of the introduction of David in 1 Samuel chapter 16.

In preparation for this you are encouraged to read 1 Samuel chapters 1 to 15 and the book 1 & 2 Samuel for Everyone by John Goldingay, at least as far as the chapter covering 1 Samuel 15. John’s book is an easy and very helpful read and can be used as daily devotional reading since its chapters are only around 3 pages in length.

Links to get the book: Amazon (Kindle/Paperback)/ Regent Bookstore/ Book Depository

Anthony Brown
Senior Minister


We are excited to let you know that Daniel Surya is joining our team as our Pastoral Care Intern starting this fall! Here's a self-introduction by Daniel:

My name is Daniel Surya and I am a husband to a beautiful wife, Selly Meiliana, and a father to an energetic and awesome boy, Ben. We are Indonesians and we came to Canada last year (August 2019). I am a theological student at Vancouver School of Theology. Before I came here I was a spiritual advisor and also a Bible teacher at IPEKA Integrated Christian School. I am so grateful for the opportunity given to me to be part of the FBC ministerial team as I finish my study this academic year. I am thrilled and looking forward to getting to know you and also to be known by you as part of the FBC big family in Christ. 

FIRST NEWS | JULY 22, 2020


Click the video below to watch this week's reflection by Bob Swann.


Throughout these weeks of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have continually asked the question about what is the wise and best way to care for our NewGen friends physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally. 

One of the main ideas that emerged from these conversations was the hope of running a scaled-down version of Kickers Camp. We see Kickers as a great opportunity to care and connect with our NewGen friends and families. 

And so, as we look ahead to August, I am excited to say that we are planning to host a Kickers Camp under the direction of Jose Figueroa. Jose, who has led Kickers for 11 years, has invested a great deal of time and energy to put together a plan that will help to provide a safe and fun camp. 

As part of our plan: 

  • We will be reducing the number of participants. 
  • Meeting directly at Jericho park. 
  • Reducing hours of camp from 10am-2pm 
  • Performing Daily Wellness Checks 

Though we can’t remove all of the risks from Covid-19, we still believe that we can have a safe and fun camp for our NewGen!

 Provided that the situation in BC remains stable over the coming weeks we hope to run Kickers from August 17-21 for children in grades 1-7. See here fore more details and registration link.

We do hope that your child will be able to join us this summer!

Daniel Foster Fabiano
Director of Children & Preteens Ministries


Camp at First. (VBS 2020) Rainforest Explorers!
Mon-Fri, August 10-14 | 9:30-11:30am | FBC

Camp at First is happening on August 10-14, 2020! This year's theme is Rainforest Explorers: Jesus Leads the Way! At camp, children will learn how Jesus is our ultimate guide in the rainforest and in life through bible lessons, puppet show, crafts and more!

READ MORE about the camp and our Covid-10 safety plan and SIGN UP HERE.

Contact Joseph if you have any questions.


West End/Downtown
Picnic Gatherings | Saturday, July 25/August 1/Aug 22
Location: Stanley Park
Join in any time between 11am-1:30pm.

Coffee/Tea and Prayer Gatherings | Thursday, July 30/ August 13
Location: Stanley Park Seawall Path
Join in any time between 9am-10:30am.

RSVP: Justin Kim

Picnic Gatherings
Saturday, July 25 | 11am-1pm
Location: Robert Burnaby Park *NEW LOCATION
RSVP: Daniel Foster Fabiano

Vancouver East
Picnic Gathering
Sunday, July 26 | 11:30am-1:30pm
Location: Memorial South Park
RSVP: John Tsang

West Point Grey/Kitsilano
Picnic Gathering
Sunday, July 26 | 1-3pm
Location: Trimble Park
RSVP: Rebecca Thornber

Picnic Gathering
Saturday, August 15 | 11am-1pm
Location: Debeck Elementary/Neighbourhood Park
RSVP: John Tsang


Since March 6, it has documented nearly 10,000 Canadian fraud reports with nearly 10% of these directly tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the fact that more people are at home using the internet, managing financial health needs to include recognizing, rejecting and reporting fraud. Read more in this article published by the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.


FIRST NEWS | JULY 15, 2020


Click the video below to watch a short reflection by Justin Kim recorded at Tofino!


As you have been, please continue to keep the HFTC Project in your prayers. Here are some of the photos of the construction progress and a video showing the removal of two excavators (one weighing 112,000 lbs and the other about 114,000 lbs) from the 100ft excavation hole! Click the player below to watch.


West End/Downtown

Picnic Gatherings
Location: Stanley Park
Join in any time between 11am-1:30pm for a relaxed time of conversation and encouragement while maintaining safe physical distance.

Coffee/Tea and Prayer Gatherings
Location: Stanley Park Seawall Path
Join in any time between 9am-10:30am. Feel free to bring your own coffee or tea. We will take time to share and pray together.

If you are available and interested, please mark the following dates on your calendar:

  • Jul 25 (Sat) 11am-1:30pm - Picnic 
  • Jul 30 (Thu) 9am-10:30am - Coffee/Tea & Prayer
  • Aug 1 (Sat) 11am-1:30pm - Picnic 
  • Aug 13 (Thu) 9am-10:30am - Coffee/Tea & Prayer 
  • Aug 22 (Sat) 11am-1:30pm - Picnic 

Please RSVP to Justin Kim if you are hoping to attend to help with planning.


Picnic Gatherings
Saturday, July 25 | 11am-1pm & Saturday, August 15 | 11am-1pm
Location: Burnaby Mountain Park

Drop in anytime between 11am-1pm. Please bring your own food and enjoy a relaxed time of conversation and encouragement while maintaining safe physical distance.

Please RSVP to Daniel Foster Fabiano if you are planning to attend. 

Vancouver East

Picnic Gathering
Sunday, July 26 | 11:30am-1:30pm
Location: Memorial South Park

This is an opportunity for us to connect, catch up, and see one another face to face in a safe environment. It will be at Memorial South Park (Ross and 41st) we will meet on the Ross St side. Bring your own lunch, (no food sharing for safety reasons). Please drop by anytime and stay for 30 mins or as long as you can. 

Please RSVP to John Tsang if you are planning to attend.

West Point Grey/Kitsilano

Picnic Gathering
Sunday, July 26 | 1-3pm
Location: Trimble Park

Drop in anytime between 1-3pm at Trimble Park (Trimble and 8th). Feel free to bring your own picnic lunch and visit with others from FBC who live in the area!

Please RSVP to Rebecca Thornber if you are planning to attend.


Mission Presentation by Jose & Luz Figueroa

Sun, July 19 | 1-3pm via Zoom

We are excited to welcome Jose & Luz Figueroa to give us an update about their current mission work in Chile & Argentina and their children's work with Today's Family Network. There will also be a Q&A session after the presentation. The presentation session will be held via Zoom. Please register via this link and we will send out a Zoom meeting invite prior to the meeting. 


Director of Street Ministries

FBC is seeking an experienced Director of Street Ministries. Read more about the posting on our employment pageFor questions or further information please contact Justin Kim.

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