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SERVE | BAKE SALE FUNDRAISER

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What is SERVE?

It’s an annual event where teenagers from Canadian Baptist churches across Western Canada come together to serve in a chosen community. Young people aged 12 and up converge on one urban center with the sole purpose of serving the local community in the name of Jesus. Read more here.

How can we, as a church, participate?

This year, we are excited to have 20 youth and 2 leaders joining the SERVE team to participate in service projects in Whitehorse, Yukon! You can help fund our mission trip by supporting our Bake Sale Fundraiser happening next Sunday, March 15. Be sure to bring some cash and stop by Pinder Hall after the service next Sunday for some delicious baked goods!

Thank you for supporting the NewGen Ministries and investing in the lives of our youth!

In Christ,
Filipe Balieiro
Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries

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Youth & Preteens Camping Trip

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As part of our 2019 summer program, our Preteens and Youth went camping on July 29-31 at Golden Ears. And it was an amazing time where we could enjoy God's good creation, eat good camping food, and enjoying each other's company.

We had a wide range of ages from 10 to 17 years old, and I am always amazed when I see how God has been speaking and working in the lives of our kids regardless of their ages, family backgrounds, and where they are at in their lives. 

So, what is the importance of having a camping trip with our preteens and youth?

We believe that, in the New Generations ministries, fun activities help develop trust, which leads to a low-pressure environment between the kids and their leaders, and also among kids themselves. This environment allows for vulnerability and increases discipleship opportunities. As for discipleship, we believe that it goes beyond coming to church and getting lots of sermons or hearing Bible lessons. Discipleship literally means that a person can rub off on others as they seek to disciple them. In other words, those who were discipled actually became like the one who discipled them. So, this kind of camping trip is a unique opportunity to combine all these elements mentioned together in 2-3 days of living and sharing life together.  

Finally, a huge thank you to Chris Hawkey, the camping master! He cooked, helped us setting up tenting, led us on a hike, playing games with the kids, helped us with the bonfire, etc. Without him, this trip wouldn't be as smooth as it was. Chris blessed us with his presence and his skills. Also, I could not forget to once more thank Joseph Leong for the great job he is doing as our summer program coordinator.

In Christ,
Filipe Balieiro
Director of Youth Ministry

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Celebrating the Graduates

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These past few weeks have been a special season for some of our youth. Lily Arndt, John Jiwa, Sarah Lim, Hannah Mitchell, Naomi Kawamura, Jien Ng, Natalya Porter, Maria Walchuk graduated high school! We rejoice with them and their families for what they have accomplished. We praise God for the many ways that all of them have blessed our youth group and our church! We all know that school plays a very important role in their lives. And so, we want to celebrate this milestone. 

To the FBC community: 
I encourage you to keep Lily, John, Sarah, Hannah, Naomi, Jien, Natalya, Maria in your prayers. Whether they stay with us a little longer or venture out to study at a university beyond the boundaries of BC, let us bless them, trusting that the Holy Spirit will continue to work in them. We trust that the Holy Spirit will guide them in every decision that they make.

To our Graduates: 
You might be feeling like you only have one chance to make the right decision about what you are going to do with your life after high school. I would say: try your best but rest assured that God is with you in whatever you do. If you are already set on what you are going to do, may you know that God is with you. If you need time to think about what you are going to do, remember that God is gracious and will guide you as you discern. 

Remember that, in the end, your choices, university programs, and profession do not define who you are, but Christ is the one who tells you who you are! 

I would like to close by praying the words of the Apostle Paul to the Philippians:

"Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God's Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears." - Philippians 1:3-6 (The Message)

 In Christ, our hope!
Filipe Balieiro
Director of Youth Ministry

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