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7 02, 2021

Blizzard 2021 – review

By |2021-02-08T21:07:15-05:00February 7th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

This was certainly a Blizzard retreat unlike any other we've had. With 20+ churches spread to Windsor to Montreal, we all joined in 1 central location: YouTube. Together, we worshipped with Life Support and were challenged by Dave's messages, reminding us to be God's ambassadors ... everywhere. We heard stories of the activities youth were doing. Many youth leaders extended the experience with delivered care packages for each student.

23 01, 2021

(My) First Steps into Esports

By |2021-01-23T22:08:00-05:00January 23rd, 2021|Alvin Lau|2 Comments

As the pandemic continues, many of our youth are engulfed in gaming both as players and spectators. Esports (which is a competition using video games usually with spectators) has grown into its own industry. According to Business Insider, it will likely surpass $1B in revenue this year. As one person who’s immersed in the esports world, I see this as a digital mission field.  Some youth leaders are more familiar with esports; some may already be involved in it. Here are some suggested

18 01, 2021

Review: Avalanche 2021

By |2021-01-18T00:23:17-05:00January 18th, 2021|event recap|0 Comments

AVALANCHE 2021 REVIEW Avalanche this year was unlike any we've ever hosted. Given the pandemic and most recent state of emergency "stay at home" orders, so many of our churches had to stay at home (and our Avalanche team as well). That didn't stop us from delving into our theme "ONE: One God. One Life. Together". Meisha Watson led us through a biblical understand of how God is wanting

11 01, 2021

January 2021 Monthly Zoom recap: Mental Health and Youth

By |2021-01-12T11:01:14-05:00January 11th, 2021|monthly zoom|0 Comments

Download Emily's Presentation 3 Key Insights from Emily Be open about this topic, including appropriate details of your own life. Invite adults to appropriately share their struggles with youth. A.L.G.E.E. is one helpful approach when dealing with someone in a mental health crisis. Be familiar with resources both local and online such as Kids Help Phone, Canadian Mental Health Association and speakers like Brett Ullman and Brene

11 01, 2021

Pastor Tip 2 (January 2021): Attend CBOQ Now on January 14 and review afterwards.

By |2021-01-09T00:54:14-05:00January 11th, 2021|Pastor Tips|0 Comments

Tip: Attend CBOQ Now on January 14 and review afterwards. This month's CBOQ Now meeting is on "Redefining the Church". This pandemic has moved us to consider what Jesus's church can continue to become in these coming weeks, months and years. Join the meeting online by registering here. After January 14, there will be follow-up questions and considerations to deepen the insights shared.

11 01, 2021

Pastor Tip 1 (January 2021): Register for the Today’s Teens Conference today (it’s free this year!)

By |2021-01-09T00:50:26-05:00January 11th, 2021|Pastor Tips|0 Comments

tip: Register for the Today's Teens Conference today (it's free this year!) Today's Teens Conference is the largest and longest current-running youth ministry conference in Ontario. This year, because of the pandemic restrictions and with the generous support of various sponsors, it is FREE this year. Not only does it include access to the conference content via the Castle app (with Crossroads), it will include bonus content leading up and

10 12, 2020

Pastors Tip #3 (December 2020)

By |2020-12-10T20:08:07-05:00December 10th, 2020|Alvin Lau, Pastor Tips|0 Comments

“Gather a collection of thanksgiving year-end prayers (video, written, etc) and showcase them.”  None of us could foresee the way things transpired in 2020. Yet even with all the disruptions, chaos and confusion, God has revealed in so many ways the ways he continues to bless us with and carry us through challenging times.  One way to show our gratefulness is to offer collective prayers of thanksgiving (in-person or online). Here are some ways to do that.    IN-PERSON  Each person has a piece of paper

3 12, 2020

Treasuring the Moment

By |2020-12-03T14:37:08-05:00December 3rd, 2020|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

Most years, the Christmas season feels busy and sometimes rushed—even in the church. Many of us juggle different celebrations, gatherings and other obligations. This year, however, it’s changed and a lot of us are feeling a different anxiety or longing for missed traditions. In Luke 2, we read these words: “Mary treasured up all these things” (v19, 51). In fact, we see those words twice! The first time after the

27 11, 2020

Giving (Any) Tuesday)

By |2020-11-27T20:10:40-05:00November 27th, 2020|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

The season of Advent is upon us. In the last few days, you may have been inundated with ads for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping deals. To help swing our collective focus away from consumerism and towards charity, tomorrow is Giving Tuesday.  For Jesus’ church, it goes without saying that every Tuesday (or any day of the week really) is Giving Tuesday. Jesus reminds us we are to serve, not be served. We are called to give rather than receive (which

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