As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, our churches/youth ministries continue to evaluate and adapt what their physical location reopening and longer-term structure look like. Our intention is to gather both ideas and questions from youth leaders and synthesize it into a PDF document that will be released on June 10. We are asking for 3 questions: What are your short-term plans (i.e. within the next 6 months)? What are
tip: Find out where your high school grads are going, and connect the ones heading to university with a campus group at t101.ca. If you have high school graduates this spring, encouraging in their next step is vital. For those going to university this September especially if it's away from home, your influence in helping them make that connection to a new faith community is crucial. The Renegotiating Faith report
tip: Register for (and recommend) some Assembly learning breakouts. CBOQ is excited to be hosting its annual Assembly, our "family gathering" of churches. Since this year is happening online, there are some great ways to connect and learn from one another, including through our learning sessions. You can find all the ones offered at baptist.ca/assembly/#assembly-learning-sessions. (The early bird deadline is May 9 with the final day to register on June
Next week, many schools in Ontario begin spring (April, not March) break. Some are asking for ideas on how to best engage their youth. For those in Quebec, what suggestions did you find most helpful? Feel free to share them in the comments below on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram. Here are some ideas (ensuring to follow all current Public Health guidelines): Do a physically-distanced porch/driveway visit and drop off a care package Hosting a
We are excited to be launching this esports series next month. We hope it will give a baseline of understanding for our youth leaders and parents as they navigate the relatively new frontier of esports, which is becoming a mainstream entertainment option. It’s not just some people gaming alone on their computers. Esports is both a competitive profession (professional athletes) and a spectator entertainment choice. In 2019, it was a $4.5 billion industry in Canada. While CBOQ Youth is not intending (at this time) to initiate any
It’s been just over a year since the first comprehensive lockdown happened. For many of our senior youth and young adults, this was a curveball like no other. Graduations and milestones changed. Work opportunities were in flux. Some students were helped by programs like CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) and CESB (Canada Emergency Student Benefit), although these programs also may have influenced their expectations of what work-life and remuneration means. For those in school (whether secondary or post-secondary), the expectations of this summer will need to be
3 Takeaways from Monica Discern with them what God's next steps are for them; don't presume. Provide legitimate leadership opportunities, supporting with what they need and allowing them to succeed/fail. Evaluate, celebrate and cheer them on.
Last Saturday, Today's Teens Conference (hosted by Youth Unlimited and involves many volunteers within our CBOQ family) went completely online. Over 1300 guests joined from all province and territories of Canada, several US states, UK, Australia and other nations. The aim: to reimagine what God continues to do in reaching the next generation with the person and message of Jesus. Through our four main session speakers, we rooted ourselves in
Tip 2: Begin Talking about Lent/Easter Plans with your Children and Youth Leaders At the beginning of the Easter season, what conversation behave you had with your children and youth leaders about how your church will celebrate Easter? We all have to face changing variables (similar to those we faced last December ahead of Christmas) in what we’re able to do. Some considerations and questions as you approach the conversation these coming days: During this Easter season, what are the non-negotiable expressions? (Be careful not to confuse these with what you want the most.)
Tip 1: Register for Today's Teens Today’s Teens Conference is the largest and currently the longest-running youth ministry training conference in Ontario. This year it will be presented entirely online and FOR FREE! The lineup includes plenary speakers like Finu Iype, Chris Chase, Lisa Pak and Brett Ullman. You’ll also get access to over 20+ breakout sessions and bonus materials. Even if you can’t make it to the entire event on Saturday, February 20, you can access everything afterwards on demand.