First News

Participating in Growth

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If you look back at your life, what things have helped you to grow the most in your relationship with God? 

Maybe there was a particular person who walked with you. Maybe your growth came from reading Scripture or by listening to a Sunday sermon. Or maybe it was the experience of going through a particularly difficult season that deepened your reliance on God. 

The work of God in someone’s life is mysterious in many ways. Mark compares the growth of God’s kingdom to a man scattering seed, but who does not know how it grows (Mark 4:27). And yet, we can look back and see ways that God has been at work in our lives. We have been shaped by, and grow through, the work of God’s Spirit but also by means of the people we spend time with, by hearing God’s story and learning our place in it, and through the habits of our daily lives. 

How can we partner with God in our growth? 

The church through the centuries has used habits such as Bible study and prayer to participate in this growth. Recognizing that we are also shaped through relationship, Christians have often sought out mentors and been intentional about inviting people to speak into their lives. Those who seek to follow Jesus are also shaped through service. As we choose to serve our neighbours we both grow in love for others and in Christlikeness. 

You can learn more about how we at FBC seeks to encourage discipleship in our community by visiting this new Discipleship Pathway page on our website.

As you prepare for September, I would invite you to think about how you might participate in your growth this year. Maybe you would consider joining a Connection Group? Or volunteering with something like Young Adults, Internationals or Street Ministries? Maybe attending a Growth Class or participating in a retreat? Our community can be a place where we grow together as disciples of Jesus. 

Warmly,
Rebecca Thornber
Minister of Discipleship and Community

First News | July 28, 2021

NEW GEN MINISTRIES

Hi, my name is Suzannah Nacho and I am excited to be the new Interim Director of Children’s Ministry.  After this challenging time of COVID we are looking forward to reconnecting our children to our community life.  Our hopes for the summer and fall are that our children will enjoy friendship, play and find renewal in the stories of the Bible.

Please join us to kick off the family fun with a time of fellowship at Trout Lake on Sunday August 15th. Bring along picnic lunch for your family and we will provide the drinks and snacks. Then on Sunday August 22nd and 29th we will have Children’s Sunday School at Coastal Church Commercial at 3:30pm. Sunday school will take place downstairs at Coastal during the regular service time and include songs, stories and crafts. We are really looking forward to being together again.

Here is our end of the summer schedule:

August 15 (Sunday) 11am -1pm
New Gen Family Picnic - Trout Lake Park

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August 22 (Sunday) 3:30- 4:30pm
Sunday School - Coastal Commercial

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August 29 (Sunday) 3:30-4:30pm 
Sunday School – Coastal Commercial

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Please register ahead of time, we look forward to seeing you soon!

 Suzannah Nacho
Interim Director of Children’s Ministry


NEW SERMON SERIES

Good News!

It has been great to hear some good news over the past few weeks about our church beginning to open back up and people being able to meet again in person for worship, fellowship and witness. Of course the church always has good news even in the darkest times and it’s good to remind ourselves of this. So, this August, in a short series of messages, we will take the opportunity to hear again the good news of God, His saving love for us in Jesus, and His purposes for our life together. 

“The time has come.
The kingdom of God has come near.
Repent and believe the good news!”

Jesus (Mark 1:15)

SUNDAY SERVICE

Attend In Person
3:30-4:30pm
Coastal Church Commercial Campus (1645 N Grandview Hwy)

Click here to read our in-person service FAQ page. NO registration required.

Watch Service Live Online
3:30-4:30pm

We will be live streaming the worship service on a new online platform! The service will go live at 3:30pm and you can watch the replay on our website after the service has ended. No registration or account setup required. New to the Church Online Platform? Watch a simple tutorial highlighting a few front end features to help you get started.

First News | July 21, 2021

INTERNATIONALS MINISTRIES

Our Internationals group is back! After a long time not seeing each other due the pandemic restrictions, we were able to gather again for the first time on June 18th at Nelson Park. It was a great time of fellowship and catching up with each other. It was a delightful moment to hear each other share about how the Lord has cared for us during this season filled with so much uncertainties. 

 On July 10th, we had another gathering at Granville Island where more internationals joined us for a great time of laughter, good conversations, and donuts! More gatherings to come in the next few weeks. 

Here is our Summer calendar:

July 24 (Saturday) - Park gathering + BBQ (Location: Cleveland Dam Park)
Aug 7 (Saturday) - Deep Cove (Donuts + Picnic + hiking)
Aug 20 (Friday) - Park gathering + BBQ (Location: TBD)

Here are some ways that you can participate in the life of our Internationals ministries: 

 1) Praying for them, for our country as we open up the borders to internationals travellers. I believe that we’ll receive more immigrants than ever after the pandemic is over. Prayer is crucial at all times, but even more now.

2) Come hang out with us! Check out our calendar, come and join us for one of the events. That’s the best way to connect with our Internationals and start developing your relationship with them.

Filipe Balieiro
Director of International Ministries


SUNDAY SERVICE

Attend In Person

3:30-4:30pm
Coastal Church Commercial Campus (1645 N Grandview Hwy)

Click here to read our in-person service FAQ page. NO registration required.

Watch Service Live Online

3:30-4:30pm

We will be live streaming the worship service on a new online platform! The service will go live at 3:30pm and you can watch the replay on our website after the service has ended. No registration or account setup required. New to the Church Online Platform? Watch a simple tutorial highlighting a few front end features to help you get started.


WE ARE HIRING

We are looking to hire an Administrative Assistant to join our team!

This is a full-time position, working to support various members of the Pastoral Team, Office Team and other ministry teams, allowing them to work within their giftings on a consistent basis. This position is an integral part of a larger, diverse team, and will work closely with other administrative and leadership team to ensure the effective functioning of the FBC office and the ministries of the church.

Click here to see the full job posting. Application deadline: July 28, 2021


AREA PASTORATE GATHERINGS

North Shore

Aug 21 (Sat) 4 pm - Hugo Ray Park
Sep 18 (Sat) 4 pm - John Lawson Park

Contact: Anthony Brown

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West End / Downtown

Aug 21 (Sat) 11am-1:30 pm
Location: Open space adjacent to Stanley Park Lawn Bowling Club, Stanley Park Brewing Restaurant, and the tennis courts.

Contact: Joseph Leong

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Kitsilano / West Point Grey / UBC

Jul 24 (Sat) 11am-1:30 pm
Aug 14 (Sat) 11am-1:30 pm
Location: Trimble Park 

Contact: Filipe Balieiro

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Cambie + 

Aug 21 (Sat) 11am-1pm
Location: Douglas Park (By the exercise area at 20th and Heather)

Contact: Stuart Campbell

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Vancouver East / Richmond / New Westminster / Surrey

Aug 7 (Sat) - 11am-1pm - Vancouver East
Location: Memorial South Park

Aug 14 (Sat) - 11am-1pm - Richmond, New West, Surrey
Location: Debeck Elementary

Contact: John Tsang

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Burnaby / Coquitlam / Port Moody

Aug 21 (Sat) 11am-1pm
Location: Robert Burnaby Park

Contact: Daniel Fabiano

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