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10 04, 2017

It is finished and it’s begun

By | 2017-04-07T20:32:49+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

“It is finished.” These are the final words spoken by Jesus  on the cross before he died for all humanity. They seem conclusive, definitive and, perhaps at that moment, words of defeat?. But on this side of history, we know what comes next. We know who and what is defeated. And we know that Jesus is victorious. New life begins. Jesus claimed that he would be the firstfruit of the

2 04, 2017

Centre Court – review

By | 2017-04-02T23:36:26+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|Alvin Lau, event recap|0 Comments

Last Friday, over 375 went down to the Air Canada Centre to witness a Toronto Raptors victory over the Indiana Pacers. While that was exciting, the post-game program became the focus. Patrick Mutombo, one of the Raptors assistant coaches, shared how Jesus impacts his life. He encouraged the students and leaders there to be boldly stand for their faith and stand strong. We also had two young adults from Glencairn

28 03, 2017

Legacies in Youth Ministry

By | 2017-03-28T23:29:56+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

Bringing the truth of God to the next generation isn’t unique to our time; it’s been happening for centuries. It’s a biblical mandate, too (cf. Psalm 78:1-8). So who has preceded you? It’s good for you to remember the people you are aware of that God has worked through to influence the upcoming generation. Those who have impacted you personally through mentoring Those who have made intangible (maybe even subtle)

20 03, 2017

Raptors 905 Faith/Family Event – review

By | 2017-03-20T08:29:28+00:00 March 20th, 2017|event recap|0 Comments

CBOQ Kids hosted the first ever Raptors 905 Faith/Family event last Saturday. Not only did several families get to witness the Raptors 905 clinch the Central Division title and got player autographs, they had a chance to hang out court-side afterwards. Herbie Kuhn, the voice of the Raptors, shared his experiences as the Toronto Raptor's PA announcer and team chaplain. More importantly, he emphasized how Jesus is first in his

13 03, 2017

This Week for March Break …

By | 2017-03-12T22:33:21+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

THIS WEEK FOR MARCH BREAK... This week thousands of students are off school for March Break, which is  a prime opportunity for learning! Here are some examples of what some students are involved in this week: Compassion Experience, Dominican Republic: We have 23 students and leaders from three churches representing CBOQ Youth and International Teams in Los Alcarizzos. They'll be serving at the Lighthouse Project and the surrounding community. You

9 03, 2017

CE-DR 2017: Day 1

By | 2017-03-09T23:34:55+00:00 March 9th, 2017|DR 2017, event recap|0 Comments

Our team assembled at the Fairfield Marriott Hotel. After some time of worship, prayer and orientation (plus a Spanish lesson with Karla-Maria Ponce), they're (hopefully) getting some rest before our 6:10am flight. We'll see you from the DR in less than 24 hours!

3 03, 2017

Our New Texting System

By | 2017-03-03T22:29:45+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Alvin Lau|1 Comment

We are excited to announce a new way to connect with you! A text message system called msgbox allows you to text our CBOQ Youth office number 416-620-2946 and one of our youth staff will respond to your inquiry. You can still call us if you like, but when you text it’s just like texting any number; nothing changes on your end. What will be helpful is our new text

28 02, 2017

Today’s Teens Conference 2017 review

By | 2017-02-28T23:16:46+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Events|0 Comments

Now's the Time So often, the Christian faith is portrayed as future-oriented. "One day we'll get there." "One day, Jesus will return." All of that is true. But Jesus reminds us not to forsake the present. Last Saturday, over 1400 youth leaders, students and volunteers gathered at the Meeting House to be inspired and challenged. Time and time again, they were reminded to consider what God is doing right now, and

18 02, 2017

Blizzard 2017 1&2 review

By | 2017-02-18T00:02:19+00:00 February 18th, 2017|Alvin Lau, Events|0 Comments

After each retreat season, someone inevitably asks me which one was better. After going through 31 separate Blizzard retreats, I've realized that, from a life transformation perspective, each one has its own unique distinctions. For Blizzard 1, Leanne and Dallas Friesen used 4 sign posts to see where Jesus reroutes us: intersection, detour, one way and traffic lights. (For those who attended, see if you can remember what each one

2 02, 2017

Avalanche 2017 – review

By | 2017-02-02T00:23:59+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Alvin Lau, event recap|0 Comments

AVALANCHE 2017 It's been almost 2 weeks since Avalanche finished. But the impact of Avalanche hasn't faded. Over 560 students and leaders gathered at Muskoka Woods, to see how Jesus might intercept their lives. Our speaker Heather Flies challenged students with the gospel in a way that made sense to them. She left them with these five challenges: What distractions need to be removed? Who will you connect with so

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