15 01, 2022

Avalanche 2022

By |2022-03-05T11:21:53-05:00January 15th, 2022||0 Comments

We are excited to be hosting our 22nd Jr. high winter retreat: AVALANCHE! Due to changing circumstances, we're hosting a satellite retreat where your group can choose to join us in your own in-person gathering or as a group online. This year, we're making Avalanche FREE! (If you'd like to help offset our expenses, feel free to e-transfer to donation@baptist.ca or online with pw "youth2000"; just include "Avalanche 2022" in

27 08, 2021

Retreats 2022 – update

By |2022-01-04T20:42:53-05:00August 27th, 2021|Events|0 Comments

AVALANCHE AND BLIZZARD 2022 RETREATS UPDATE Our CBOQ Youth flagship retreats approach their 22nd year. Last year was our first ever fully online retreat experience. We were amazed at how God continues to bring his message of hope through these new channels for us. Many were asking, “What will Avalanche and Blizzard look like this January/February 2022?” Our aim was to host a hybrid retreat experience for both Avalanche and

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

16 01, 2021

Avalanche 2021 (jr. high)

By |2021-01-21T21:13:32-05:00January 16th, 2021|, |0 Comments

Thank you to those who joined us for Avalanche 2021: CBOQ Youth's epic jr. high school winter retreat. We will be "repackaging" all our materials into a do-it-yourself weekend retreat to be released in late February. Meisha's talks: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL32021TZjOyaIAxzB3V1GAlhnhjtrQjmE Connexus' worship playlist: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL32021TZjOyZs91JgAqhUnqemOcVJadQb This year, you can buy “ONE” merchandise through Promotional Source (a 3rd party distributor). Items can be purchased on-demand in whatever quantities and various colour selections you’d like. They

30 08, 2020

Avalanche and Blizzard Update for 2021

By |2020-10-23T20:42:18-04:00August 30th, 2020|Alvin Lau, Events|1 Comment

August is about to end, September is just around the corner, and while winter feels far away, some of you are asking what’s happening with Avalanche and Blizzard. Good news! Avalanche and Blizzard are still on! Avalanche is scheduled for January 15-17, 2021 and Blizzard for February 5-7, 2021.  How they are carried out may look different from previous years, but the purpose of offering high-quality experiences, musical worship and engaging teaching for youth that focus on the powerful and life-changing love of

20 01, 2020

Avalanche 2020 – review

By |2020-01-20T10:57:50-05:00January 20th, 2020|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

An avalanche came this weekend. Sure, there was a lot of snow. More importantly, the message of Jesus was clearly presented and available for all to consider. Our speaker, Shawn Naylor, talked through our 4 sessions: the projected identity, what's behind the scenes, when it all falls apart and the raw self. He challenged to almost 500 jr. high students and youth leaders to consider who Jesus calls them to

18 01, 2020

Avalanche 2020

By |2020-01-14T12:34:26-05:00January 18th, 2020|0 Comments

Do you see yourself as you really are? In a world that tries to define each of us, each point of view tells maybe one part of our story (and some viewpoints are not true at all!). So who do we listen to? We’re reminded that as we know and grow closer to Jesus, he knows us as we really are (1 Corinthians 13:12). His voice is the one we

23 01, 2019

Avalanche 2019 recap

By |2019-01-23T01:11:12-05:00January 23rd, 2019|event recap|0 Comments

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.

19 01, 2019

Avalanche 2019

By |2019-01-08T09:01:26-05:00January 19th, 2019|, , , |0 Comments

Avalanche is more than just a weekend retreat – it is often a life changing experience for many students. It is a chance for junior high students to join with 500 other young Canadian Baptists and see that they are not alone in their journey towards Jesus. Through high quality small group experiences, musical worship and engaging teaching, we aim to inspire your students, whether Christians or not, to begin

20 09, 2018

Big Events in the Rhythm of Youth Ministry

By |2018-09-20T13:40:38-04:00September 20th, 2018|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

Each year, there are probably one (or a few) big events everyone looks forward to, whether it’s a retreat, a compassion experience, or that annual big-bash Christmas dinner. Those big events can be monumental and life-changing…if they’re used well. One person suggested to me that big events in youth ministry are giant “sledgehammer” moments where there is potential for huge impact in students’ lives. There are a variety of reasons

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