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7 Reasons to be Baptized

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Have you considered baptism? As Christians, we are called to be baptized both out of obedience to Christ and as evidence of our commitment to a life-long journey as a disciple of Christ. Baptism is also a gift to our covenant community here at FBC, a reminder that together we are called as followers of Jesus. 

In his sermon on Baptism, Anthony highlighted 7 reasons to be baptized:

  1. Obedience to Jesus, to the teaching of the Bible, and to the practice of the early church.
  2. As a sign that your sins have been washed away by Jesus.
  3. As a public declaration of your faith in Christ.
  4. To Mark the surrender of your old life and the beginning of a new life in Christ.
  5. To signify joining the church community.
  6. To invite the Holy Spirit to empower you to follow Jesus all the days of your life.
  7. Baptism prepares us for God to act in our lives in new and deeper ways.

Listen to the full sermon here

If you would like to either be baptized or to join our community here at FBC as a member you are invited to join the Baptism and Membership classes which will be held after the service on Sunday, October 6th and October 20th from 11:30-2pm in the Preteens room. Lunch will be provided. If you would like to attend, please email Soniya at 

Homelessness Action Day - October 14

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Homelessness Action Day - Thanksgiving Monday, October 14, 2019

We have so much to be thankful for! Let's give thanks to our Lord. For the last 20 years, First Baptist Church has been opening our doors to serve the poor. It's just a natural part of who we are and is an act of Thanksgiving. People know that this church on this corner is also there for the poor.

First Baptist Church hosts this event as our part of the Homelessness Action Week, a week where different churches and organizations through the Lower Mainland raise public awareness on issues of homelessness and rally local solutions. We partner with Ellen Silvergieter of St Paul's Anglican Church, who is as an advocate for the poor. She does much of the organizing, and her husband helps with tax filing.

What will take place on the 14th? 

Drop-in 10am to 3pm 

Our guests will have access to: 


  • Hearing aid tests
  • Help with their income tax
  • Free pet food & other supplies through the SPCA
  • Naloxone kits 
  • Free hair cuts
  • Nursing students doing blood pressure tests
  • Information around housing and support services
  • Free fresh sandwiches & goodies, coffee & tea
  • Free toiletry kits
  • Free reading glasses


(We expect between 150 to 200 people)

What can I do? 

Volunteer for a couple of hours.

  •   9 -10am: Set-up
  • 10am - 3pm: Prepare and serve fresh sandwiches, goodies, coffee and tea
  • 10am - 3pm: Welcome, and assist those who are providing services
  • 3 - 4pm: Set down and clean up


Do you have a service that could help those who are homeless? Connect with us to see if it fits. 

Provide the following: 

  • Socks
  • Gloves
  • New or gently used men's sweaters and shirts

(Items not used that day will be used through the FBC shelter ministry throughout the fall and winter.) 

To volunteer or for further information call Doug at 778-242-1227 or email 

We are very thankful for your continual prayer, help and support.

Doug PeatShelter Coordinator
Bob Swann, Minister of Mission

Posted by Bob Swann

New Generations Ministries

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Hey First Family, 

 These first weeks of September have been marked by Kickoffs in our NewGen ministries. First, we had our Preteens and Youth Kickoff BBQ, followed by a Pancake Breakfast and School-Age parent orientation the next Sunday. We are so grateful to the many families--parents, children, youth and preteens--who participated and came out to connect with us and our teams! It is truly a gift to be in community with one another. These kickoffs also served as important times where we could share concerning our Fall calendars and hopes for this upcoming ministry season with parents. 

As we embark on this Fall season, we are looking to build on the goals that we set last year of community and discipleship. To cultivate community, we will be facilitating Friday night activities and Sunday morning spaces, where preteens and youth can connect with one another and their leaders in safe and fun environments. We are also keen to enrich the relationships of our volunteer team in children's ministry by regularly gathering together to pray before services on Sundays.

In regards to discipleship, we are desiring for each person to encounter and follow Jesus. And so, a key initiative we are focusing on this year in preteens and youth is small groups. We believe that these smalls groups will not only strengthen the relationships in our community but will also play an important role in growing our understanding of what Jesus is calling us to. We will also be promoting and undertaking several service opportunities for our preteens, youth and families to do all together as serving is an important part of discipleship. 

And last but certainly not least, we desire for our NewGen ministries to be ministries where we partner with and equip parents to play their irreplaceable role as the primary spiritual leaders of their children. We are excited to be hosting a parent seminar on dealing with anxiety in children and youth, this Fall and look forward to hosting more seminars in the upcoming year.  

Here is how you can partner with us. First, we need and would love your prayers. Pray that our children, preteens, youth, and volunteers may grow in their community and discipleship. Pray particularly for those who are new or who perhaps feel on the outside. Second, consider joining us at either a specific event or perhaps in a more regular space. We are looking forward to a family service day at Gleaners and for families serving together at Shelter this Fall. If you are a parent we encourage you to save the date for the Parent Seminar we are hosting on Friday, November 15.

Thanks to all of you who have prayed and who participate in the NewGen Ministries. We are so thankful to be a part of this community and excited to see what God will do in and amongst us as we follow Jesus. 

Daniel Foster Fabiano, Director of Children and Preteens Ministries
Filipe Balieiro, Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministries 

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