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March 2019

Raptors 905 Faith/Family – recap

By |2019-03-03T21:41:34-04:00March 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Last Saturday, CBOQ Kids welcomed almost 150 people to the Raptors 905 Faith/Family game. Not only did they witness a Raptors 905 victory (along with some highlights), they also heard from Derek Cooke Jr and Rodney Pryor. After the game, everyone under the age of 13 was given the opportunity to get a player's autograph and take 1 shot on court. Afterwards, we gathered in section 2 for our post-game

February 2019

Today’s Teens Conference 2019 – review

By |2019-02-24T00:45:55-04:00February 24th, 2019|Alvin Lau, event recap|

The 36th Today's Teens Conference continued to inspire and equip over 1200 youth workers and student leaders. This year featured Sunder Krishnan and Iona Snair challenging youth workers alongside Melinda Estabrooks and Shawn Naylor inspiring students. The Meeting House was filled with worship led by the C4 Worship Team. Alongside a number of Canadian breakout speakers from across our nation, this year featured the first awarding of the John Wilkinson

Extending the Family

By |2019-02-18T10:25:10-04:00February 18th, 2019|Alvin Lau|

This year at Avalanche and Blizzard our focus was on God’s invitation to his table,a. theme that resonated deeply with so many people. Indeed, we welcomed, figuratively speaking, “the poor, the blind, the crippled, the blind and the lame.” Today is Family Day. Google’s first definition of family is “a group consisting of parents and children living together in a household.” (https://www.google.com/search?safe=active&rlz=1C1GCEU_enCA820CA820&q=Dictionary#dobs=family) We were all born into a family. The

Blizzard 2 2019 – review

By |2019-02-12T12:28:44-04:00February 12th, 2019|Alvin Lau, event recap|

Another season of retreats is complete. This weekend featured the Irish-Canadian Kevin McGlade from Sarnia and Life Support leading worship. Kevin tied together the stories of Adam and Eve, Zaccheus and the Prodigal Son, demonstrating God's initiative to seek us out and his invitation to us to join him. We praised God in extended worship. We even celebrated those who chose to say "yes" to Jesus for the first

Blizzard 1 2019 – review

By |2019-02-05T02:29:33-04:00February 5th, 2019|event recap|

What a Blizzard weekend it was! With just over 315 students and leaders on site, we were led into worship with Life Support (celebrating their 10+ years of ministry with us) and God spoke through Mona Scrivens.There were many circumstances surrounding this Blizzard. A variety of external factors could have easily distracted our team. By Friday morning, many of us had a sense that God would do something remarkable (and

January 2019

Avalanche 2019 recap

By |2019-01-23T01:11:12-04:00January 23rd, 2019|event recap|

Last weekend, we hosted our 19th Avalanche retreat (if you include the first jr. high retreat that happened at the same time as Blizzard in 2001). While the temperatures were very cold (possibly the coldest Avalanche we've had), God continued to move in mighty ways. The cold temperatures altered some of our plans. We managed to play our team competition game in the gym with over 550 students and leaders.

December 2018

Crazy(less) of Advent

By |2018-11-28T19:00:03-04:00December 3rd, 2018|Alvin Lau|

The season of Advent is here. For some, it’s a month-long celebration. For many, it’s a season of stress. For others, some deep pain is associated with this time of year. Renee Embree (Director of Youth and Family Ministries with the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada) recently blogged on “How to help parents have less 'crazy' this advent & Christmas season” (http://cbacyf.ca/oneneighbourhood/2018/11/22/how-to-help-parents-have-less-crazy-this-advent-amp-christmas-season). Here are some specific things to note: Discuss

November 2018

Renegotiating Faith (part 3)

By |2018-11-23T20:02:01-04:00November 26th, 2018|Alvin Lau|

This is part 3 of 3 in a reflection series on Renegotiating Faith. (See Part 1 and Part 2.) -------------- The Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO), the Fear of Not Being Amazing (FNBA), and the Fear Of Passionless Monotony (FOPM) press in on young adults ever more as they approach age 30, which, for many, marks the limit of emerging adulthood and a forced entry into adulthood. (p.12-13) Many Millennials

Volunteer Care

By |2018-11-17T16:54:55-04:00November 19th, 2018|Alvin Lau|

How do you care for your volunteers? They give their time, energy and other resources to minister to this next generation alongside you. How do you show your appreciation? Many times, volunteers do not feel valued because they aren’t receiving appreciation in ways that makes sense to them. One way is to understand their love language. While love languages are usually discussed in the context of marriage, its principles can

Alvin’s Reflections on Reignite 2018

By |2018-11-10T00:56:36-04:00November 10th, 2018|Alvin Lau|

Last week, a group of CBOQ pastors (including some children, family and youth pastors) gathered at the Nottawasaga Inn and Resort for the Reignite Conference. This year featured Dwight Friesen, author of The New Parish, sharing his insights on the local church. We engaged in three days of discussions around the purpose of the local parish and how well we interact with our neighbourhood. There were three questions/ideas that stood

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