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FIRST NEWS | JULY 22, 2020

WEEKLY REFLECTION

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


KICKERS SOCCER CAMP 2020

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)

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.


OUTDOOR GATHERINGS

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


Burnaby/Coquitlam
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


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


FRAUDS & SCAMS DURING COVID

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

WEEKLY REFLECTION

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


HEART FOR THE CITY PROJECT

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.


OUTDOOR GATHERINGS

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.


Burnaby/Coquitlam

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.


COMMUNITY EVENTS

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. 


EMPLOYMENT

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.

FIRST NEWS | JULY 8, 2020

WEEKLY REFLECTION

Click the video below to watch a short reflection by Rebecca Thornber recorded at Porteau Cove!


ENCOURAGEMENT FROM THE CLT

Click the video below to watch Claudia Wakeman sharing a message of encouragement from the Church Leadership Team (CLT).


NEW STAFF UPDATE

Joseph Leong - Children & Preteens Summer Program Coordinator

We are pleased to let you know that Joseph Leong is returning to serve as our Children & Preteens Summer Program Coordinator. In this role, Joseph will be working with the Director of Children & Preteen Ministries to develop opportunities for connection and faith formation for the NewGen. He will focus on preparing, coordinating and/or implementing the following programs and activities: (1) Summer Day Camp, (2) Sports Camp, and (3) Summer Day Activities (School Age and Preteen Hangouts). Joseph has spent over ten years in youth ministry and interned with our youth program, while studying at Regent College. He is happily married to Angeline Teay (our Communications Design & Strategist). 

Lily Arndt - Communications Assistant

We are excited to let you know that Lily Arndt has joined our team as a Communications Assistant! Born in the West End and raised in North Vancouver, Lily grew up at First Baptist Church and is a valued leader for our Youth Ministry. Lily has an interest in filmmaking and joins our communications team to bring her filming and editing skills to the production of our online Sunday services. She lives with her parents, younger brother, and dog Picnic.


NEW GEN SUMMER HANGOUT PROGRAMS

As we enter Phase 3 of BC’s restart plan, our New Gen team has planned out some fun but safe ways to stay connected with our youth, preteens and school-age children. Register for School-Age Hangouts HERE.

For more info, please contact

Youth: Filipe | Preteens: Danny | School-Age: Joseph


EMPLOYMENT

Director of Street Ministries

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


COMMUNITY EVENT

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 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 invite prior to the meeting. 

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