A Message from our Executive Minister

We’re a family of churches that honours and embraces people of all ages and stages in life. But to me, there is something particularly exciting about more than 200 teens giving up a chunk of their summer to build community with each other and to serve people they’ve never met before in a myriad of ways.

Would you please read the next article, which shares the vision for this summer’s SERVE with all its passion, enthusiasm and creative ways of serving others?

This gathering of almost 300 folks is one of the things we celebrate most as a family. SERVE, like much of what we do, benefits from your support through your thoughts, prayers and financial contributions. Given the great distances that some people will travel to get to Victoria (from as far as Winnipeg), that support is even more important this year as SERVE 2016 comes to Victoria.

Jeremy Bell
Executive Minister

Investing in the Next Generation

This July 3-9, we’re looking forward to hosting SERVE, a week-long ministry for youth, who in turn spend much of the week ministering to the community. The event will host 200-300 youth this year and will be held at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Victoria, BC. It’ll be a wonderful week of worship and relationship-building with each other and with God.

Tammy Klassen, Youth Director for the CBWC, describes SERVE as “a unique blend of getting out into the community to serve both God and others in practical ways.” The youth always enjoy the high energy schedule, worshiping together musically with the Fraser Campbell Band, and hearing from an incredible speaker.

We also schedule a free day so that our youth can enjoy the local sights and get to know old and new friends from Canadian Baptist churches across Western Canada. But none of our programs like SERVE would be possible without fundamental community support from Canadian Baptists members all over Western Canada.

“SERVE has shown me God’s unfailing love and how that affects our relationships with others, and that God’s unfailing love is everywhere—between family and friends.” —Abby

This year in Victoria, SERVE youth will have a chance to engage with the local community in need: homeless youth, local kids at day camp, seniors and people who just need a hand or encouragement. The theme of the week will be Matthew 5:14-16, encouraging youth to “be the light” for everyone they engage with, on a daily basis.

We’ve recruited Sid Koop from Truth Matters Ministries as our guest speaker this year. And we’re certain that he’ll be a major motivating factor for our youth. Then, each day, the youth will also have the opportunity to participate in different community ministries, including painting, gardening, renovations, visiting seniors, day camps, and clean-up.

Registration for SERVE 2016 recently opened up, and we’ve already seen a positive response from youth from as far away as Winnipeg and Fort St. John! We’re thrilled for this opportunity to aid the development of our youth into strong leaders, and that we can offer a setting that encourages spiritual growth.

“It’s not only about teenagers,” says one of our volunteers. “It’s about the whole church community working together as a group.”

Please remember to pray in support of this important week. In particular, we’d appreciate your prayers that this will be a time of new and renewed friendships, of deepening our faith and transforming lives, and of health and safety. Please also pray for Emmanuel Baptist Church as they make preparations to host us, as well as Sid as he prepares messages for the week.

We are immensely blessed by all of you who have faithfully supported the growth and health of the CBWC. Thank you for investing in the next generation!

Please give today to provide more opportunities for youth to grow.

Strengthen Communities

The CBWC church family spreads throughout all of Western Canada, encouraging community and being a light through programs like SERVE as well as other conferences, events and celebrations. But a lot of the work we do would not be possible without support like yours! So would you please give a gift today and help us continue to strengthen the relationships our church family members have with each other, with their communities, and with God?