22 05, 2018

Finishing 2017/18 Well

By |2018-05-16T16:12:23-04:00May 22nd, 2018|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

After the long weekend (the unofficial start of summer), the school year is almost done. Many youth ministries begin to wind down. It’s time to finish the year well. CELEBRATE: Spend some time recounting the blessings that God’s brought the last few months. Have a special time of prayer. Like so many Baptists before us, celebrate with food. “Praise God from whom all blessings flow!” DEBRIEF: Take time to debrief

12 03, 2017

CE-DR 2017: Day 4

By |2017-03-13T23:21:25-04:00March 12th, 2017|DR 2017, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sunday Sabbath Iglesia Cristiano de la Communidad Today we went to a Dominican church and it was great. Not too different from our church (Mimico Baptist) good music and so great to sing in a different language and it didn't feel weird at all. We got to give out candy to kids in the community they were all chasing after us.  It was great! -Jemma We went to

5 12, 2016

Celebrate and Treasure

By |2016-12-01T14:42:35-05:00December 5th, 2016|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

The Christmas season is usually full of energy (perhaps a feeling of hurriedness). We celebrate the birth of Christ on earth with gusto. But we need to sometimes step back. In Luke 2, there are two instances the Bible tells us where Mary stepped back and “treasured these things in her heart.” Once was after the shepherd’s exclamation (Luke 2:19) and the other happened several years later when Jesus stayed

31 10, 2016

Remembering Highlights

By |2016-10-31T13:57:09-04:00October 31st, 2016|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

“Life moves pretty fast, and if you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it.” (Ferris Bueller) There are moments to remember in youth ministry, especially those that happen later on in the year. Here are some suggestions. Have a prayer board. You can outline the parameters that are needed to ensure appropriate materials are posted. But post both praise items and prayer requests (and

12 09, 2016

Celebrate the Start

By |2016-10-31T13:57:10-04:00September 12th, 2016|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

Over the next couple of weeks, youth groups all over Quebec and Ontario begin another season of ministry. Some old friends return; and new ones join in. In the midst of the kick off, be sure to celebrate! Celebrate the past. Review what God has done both in the group and in each student through the summer. Consider posting t some pictures or have a running slideshow as students enter.

23 11, 2015

Grad Transitions

By |2016-10-31T13:57:14-04:00November 23rd, 2015|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

For a lot of grade 12 students, this month begins the turning of the page towards the next chapter in their lives. Many are submitting their applications for admission to colleges and universities. They’re anticipating their high school graduation  and whatever adventures they’ll be  stepping into in September. What can you as a faith community do to support them in this transition? Here are some suggestions.   A Grad Mentor

28 05, 2014

Celebrate!

By |2014-05-28T02:51:05-04:00May 28th, 2014|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|0 Comments

With less than one month left in the school year, it's a natural time to celebrate. Even if you have a lot of activities planned, having a time to bring closure to another mnistry cycle allows for reflection and thanksgiving for what God has empowered the last 10 months. At CBOQ Youth, we have much to celebrate: over 2000 students and leaders influenced through our events dozens of churhes and

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