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Miraculous Mission

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Last week July 22-26, we had a wonderful week at Camp at First. We had 25 children and 25 leaders/volunteers with us this year and our theme was Miraculous Mission: Jesus Saves the World!

The Friday evening before Camp, more than 20 leaders, parents, youth, preteens, and children came for a camp decoration party. Annette Arndt, our Decoration Director, did an excellent job of organizing the event. With pizza, pop, and chips, a great team was assembled, and excitement could be felt in the building. All the sites were decorated and prepared for the coming Monday.

At Camp, our children looked into the Bible, God's Holy Word, and discovered God's miraculous mission to save you, me, and the whole world! The Bible accounts of God's mission for us shared how God made the universe; His promise of a Saviour to Abram; the birth of Jesus, our Saviour; Jesus' death and resurrection; and Jesus' ascension. Each Camp session started at Miraculous Mission Opening, where the children gathered with their Team Leaders in small groups. They sang songs, listened to God's Word, prayed, watched the Opening Theme Video, found out more about their Mission Project, reviewed the memory verse, and learned the day's Take-Home Point.

After the Opening, the Teams headed off to five rotation sites for Storytelling, Bible Challenge, Snacks, Games, and Crafts. After lunch, the Teams had fun and creative activities such as baking, open crafts, treasure hunt, and outdoor games. Our site leaders did a great job preparing fun elements such as puppet shows, science experiments and short plays to deliver the message and the children had fun and learned at the same time. Finally, everyone came back together at Miraculous Mission Closing for music, prayer, and a wrap-up with the Closing Theme Video. 

On the last day of camp, the children were singing their theme song Miraculous Mission at the top of their lungs. The leaders then formed a semicircle at the front and presented a certificate to each child with a huge high-five. Before they left, each child got a decorated tote bag with their crafts, Miraculous Mission theme songs CD, and a God's Mission Collectible to help them share the themes and Bible verses with their friends and family. 

Lastly, here comes a long list of thank-yous. A huge thank you to our Director of Children and Preteens Ministries, Daniel Foster Fabiano, for his leadership and guidance. We want to thank St. Peter's Fireside's Family Ministry Leader Kate McGregor-Foxcroft, and her Ministry Assistant, Emily Greenman, for the wonderful collaboration and inputs for Camp. Also, a massive shout-out to all our dedicated Site Leaders (Mistin Wilkinson, Elana Schiller, Julie Thompson, Hellen Muuo, Geraldine Szabo, Emily Greenman, Kate McGregor, Maya Schiller, Claire Bosma, and Jonas Kuban), Team Leaders (Alessandra Reddekopp, Kezia Kawamura, Anika Kuban, Nadia Schiller, and Sophia Porter), and Assistant Leaders (Tikvah Wilkinson, Neema Muuo, Nayana Hyndman, John Jiwa, Claudia Schiller, Charlotte Bosma, and Daniel Consuegra) for offering the time, talents and efforts to serve the children. We are also thankful for Annette Arndt together with the families of Arndts, Bosmas, Muuos, Schillers, and Wilkinsons, and Julie Thompson for giving us the awesome galaxy-themed decorations and props

In Christ,
Joseph Leong
Summer Program Coordinator

Posted by Joseph Leong

Summer Church Picnic

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On a sunny Sunday afternoon, a longtime tradition continued with good food and fellowship at First Baptist Church Summer Picnic! "Wherever there are people and food, there is fun!" Family and friends gathered at Memorial South Park after the worship service and the sizzling summer temperature didn't stop everyone from having a great time! 

The grill was fired up and both Ben and Daniel prepared everyone some delicious hotdogs and chorizos. The food table was filled with side-dishes that people generously contributed. It was a feast! 

We have some exciting activities for the kids this year - a carnival tent featuring face-painting and balloon twisting! By the end of the day, we have Pikachus, butterflies, princesses, and Batmans holding balloon flowers, swords, and bows roaming around the park! We know the "young-at-hearts" enjoyed these special activities very much too! Look who got matching Batman logos on their faces!

Time for some work-out to burn calories from all the hotdogs! Almira, our emcee of the day, invited everyone for a game of "Captain Ball" (Think Ultimate Frisbee but with a ball). Everyone got really competitive. We know that we are commanded to "love one another with brotherly love" but it is much easier to develop affection for a person if you see him tumble in the grass.

 A leisurely afternoon together affirms the need for rest and recreation. There is unpressured time for natural, extended conversation and significant relationships take time. Informal togetherness, especially involving recreation, cultivates the unity of God's people. Let us continue to nurture this beautiful community with the love of Christ. 

 Special thanks to Daniel, Rebecca, and Shufen for all the pre-planning; Adrian, Moses, Drema, David, Angeline and the young adults for setting up and cleaning up; Almira for hosting; Ben for cooking; Walt for preparing the grill; and others who have made this fun event happened.

 Hope to see you next year!

 

In Christ,
Joseph Leong
Summer Program Coordinator

Posted by Joseph Leong

10 Years of Kickers at FBC

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We are midway through July and summer is now in full swing. This past week we hosted our July Kickers camp, where we had the pleasure of welcoming sixty children to our church building and riding with them on a yellow school bus to Jericho field every day for some soccer. Oh, the joys of summer days for the children! 

As some of you may know, this is our tenth year of hosting Kickers camps. What a testimony of love and presence to our neighbourhood, as our First Baptist family has continued to invest in caring for children in the West End and the Vancouver area. It never ceases to amaze me how the beautiful game aka soccer can bring people together. This past week, children from all over Vancouver and of different ethnicities had a week of building relationships, playing soccer, enjoying bus rides, sipping on freezies, eating burgers, and beating their parents in a game of soccer! It was a fun-filled and beautiful week, where we got to invest in many children's stories. What a privilege. 

I am so thankful for all of the coaches, volunteers and support staff at First who made last week possible! It truly is a team effort. Two huge thank you mentions are needed for their tremendous efforts and work last week. First, thank you to Jose Figueroa for directing Kickers. Second, thank you to Joseph Leong for directing the preschool soccer & arts camp. Bless you all for the time and energy spent on the children and their families. 

Jose often tells his coaches and me, "The goal of Kickers is building relationships". Building relationships is a simple yet profound statement that I remind myself of often. For in reality, building relationships is a goal of our church and critical part of our calling as Christians, as we follow Jesus. And it is why I am so encouraged to see several members of our coaching team who used to be campers step up to take leadership roles this year. 

And so, I have two invitations for you: the first is to consider who might Jesus be leading you to grow deeper in relationship with? The second is an invitation for you to join me in praying for our next Kickers camp and the rest of the Summer program as we continue to minister and grow in relationship with the next generation. 

In Christ,
Daniel Foster Fabiano
Director of Children & Preteens Ministries

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