We finished the day at Rock Church at another worship / teaching night. Thursday at Tidal Impact is always my absolute favorite night. On Thursdays we sing, we learn, and then as teams we participate in communion together. We brought glow sticks for fun - also helpful when looking for our team in the crowd!
When we woke up this morning we were over half way done our Tidal Impact week. Tonight as we drove home, one of the boys staying at the same house as me was lamenting that TI wasn't two weeks long! The connections, the ministry, the opportunities, the stretching - God is having an impact on us as ell as on those we are serving!
For the afternoon we went again to Rock Church, but this time for Dive Deeper. The Tidal Impact organizing team arranged to have a wide selection of workshops for the youth to attend where they learned about and practiced spiritual disciplines. This was stretching for many of the youth - most good things are.
Monday morning we began our morning ministries for the week. After morning prayer, some of our combined team headed off to the the Basketball Camp we are running this week. With Minister JB as head coach, this was a great success! Others from our team stayed at EBC for Adventure Camp.
Tomorrow is our first Sunday back to our regular Sunday schedule so I thought I'd write a quick Saturday night post to make all the details clear... Can't wait to see you all tomorrow! Pay attention to the announcements - there are lots of exciting events coming up!
Jesus said: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind... [and] Love your neighbor as yourself.’ [Matthew 22:37-39 abridged] On Saturday afternoons at Challenge we take what we're heard about following Jesus and what we've experienced in worshipping Jesus and we head into the community to serve others in the name of Jesus! We call this serving time at Challenge Love Out Loud. In this blog post we wanted to share with you the list of serving opportunities our youth and leaders took part in during Challenge 2015.
At Challenge we provide snacks on Friday night and Saturday morning as well as all 3 meals on Saturday. That's a HUGE amount of food! We want to say an equally HUGE thank-you to the people from NMBC who donated food, time and energy to the cause of feeding 450+ youth and leaders last weekend! In addition to the congregation at our church, many companies made donations or offered discounts. We also want to say a HUGE thank-you to the following companies!
We were so blessed to have partnered with Compassion Canada and bring Chelsea Amber and Beyond the Broadcast to Challenge 2015! In case you were wanting to hear one of the songs they led again [or incase you're humming one line over and over and over...] we have the list:
On Friday we had a fantastic day. We finished up our morning ministries, serving at Harvest House, and Vacation Bible Camp. We also had some team members visiting at Golden Years, a seniors residence. While there one of the activities they did with the seniors was Wii Bowling! Our fourth team cleaned up our host church after our long week and then bought popsicles and water bottles and handed them out for free at both Centennial Park and on Main Street at a street festival.
On Thursday morning some of our team attended chapel at Harvest House and then cleaned and organized there. Others served by doing a prayer walk in neighbourhood called West Lane, others went to the food bank and helped sort the food that we collected the night before. We also had students at the regional food depot and at the Vacation Bible Camp we've been helping to lead.
One of the incredible things about our Tidal Impact experience has been how many connections we've been building to other organizations in the Moncton community. Each morning as we pray and then head out to serve our team leaves with excitement (despite being tired) about what God is doing!
Monday was our first day when all of our morning ministries were happening at the same time. We had students at Harvest House, at a food bank, at the food depot (which provides food for the food banks), and leading a Vacation Bible School at a smaller church. Together our team is around 40 members from 3 churches.
The weather was beautiful, and Tidal Impact got off to a great start! Our team, combined between all three churches, served at Journey Church on Sunday morning. After church and lunch we spent several hours in smaller groups preparing for the week of ministry ahead. In the evening, after a wonderful turkey dinner, we traveled to Moncton Wesleyan Church for the first of the evening worship services that are a part of #ti2015
The day has finally come and we ave arrived in Moncton for Tidal Impact! #TI2015 is the bi-annual mission trip that our Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches organizes and hosts in Atlantic Canada. Every two years churches converge in two locations and make an impact in those areas by loving God and loving others.
"Around the time that I met my friend, Bob, Jesus was filling my life, or what I will refer to as my cup, with all sorts of great things: His living water. I was growing in my relationship with Jesus and quite enjoying it. But a part of me still struggled with other people's opinions; especially those of people I respected..."
So, #YouAskedForIt is a series of questions. They're actually your questions. Two weeks ago at Solid Rock Youth we asked you for your questions about God / Bible / Christianity. We took them all, categorized them into a few broader clumps and we're going to tackle them. Last night was night one for #YouAskedForIt and we talked about the Afterlife.
"It wasn't religion anymore. It was a real relationship. And it was awesome." NHL Nashville Predator Mike Fisher tells of the off-the-ice relationship that changed his life. Driven to perfection in a career that demands nothing less, Mike made hockey his life's pursuit."
For over a decade we've had a tradition at Solid Rock Youth - we serve Christmas dinner to the seniors at our church. At the Seniors Tea out students served food. They entertained with music, dance and magic. Lets make conversation between generations less of an annual tradition and more of an everyday practice. We have so much to gain and to learn from year other!
This week at Solid Rock Youth on Wednesday we talked about Pornography. In fact we had two people share the incredible stories of God healing them from an addiction to pornography. Praise God for what he has done in their lives and how he is redeeming their stories by allowing them to tell the stories to others. In addition to our regular night we talked about pornography and technology and screening software, etc. in a parent meeting. These are the notes.
For the past two weeks at Solid Rock Youth we’ve been privileged to have Mandy Blanchard from the Valley Care Pregnancy Center / Acadia Pregnancy Support with us as a guest speaker. Last night Mandy taught on the Brain and Falling in Love.