23 03, 2020

COVID-19: a few days later

By |2020-03-23T08:35:33-04:00March 23rd, 2020|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

Yesterday, almost all churches have gone to some kind of digital gathering. In the last 1-1.5 weeks, youth leaders are figuring out what's their best approach in light of social distancing (some have suggested using the term "physical distancing" instead). Some observations I've (Alvin) made (without any too conclusive): The way we approach ministry is shifting dramatically (obvious statement). It's pushed us to lean on more networks of support. I've

11 03, 2019

CE-DR 2019: Day 2

By |2019-03-15T22:55:01-04:00March 11th, 2019|DR 2019|1 Comment

Martin (Harmony): The energy from our group today was radiant, because for most of us, it was the first sleep in 24h! Today we were greeted with an amazing sunrise. You could see the vast mountain range in layers before you. As the rest of us got up, we were greeted with the smell of pancakes and sausages, and it tasted great! Personally, I was really surprised how

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

21 06, 2016

Day of Prayer for Youth and FBC-Dryden

By |2016-06-21T00:07:35-04:00June 21st, 2016|guest post|0 Comments

The following was part of an email conversation from Jane Wickstrom from First Baptist Church, Dryden. Pastor Adam Hall asked that I write and let you know how our Youth Sunday went. It was fantastic. Christ was central in all that was said and sung about. We praise HIM for all that He has done for us through the cross. Last Sunday (June 12), for International Day of Prayer for

19 05, 2016

Grad Transitions

By |2016-05-19T23:21:31-04:00May 19th, 2016|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

“Only a few weeks left.” Your grade 12 grads are anticipating the end of their high school career. They’re also figuring out what the next chapter of their lives looks like whether they’re going to university or college, or pursuing jobs. How do you help them with this transition? Here are some ways your church can be a support for this crucial life-stage change. Have someone walk with the students

24 01, 2015

Distinguishing Youth Ministry

By |2016-10-31T13:57:17-04:00January 24th, 2015|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|1 Comment

Ask a church their definition of "youth ministry", you'll probably get a variety of responses. Many define it as a program where youth are the target audience. Others emphasize mentoring and relationships with youth. Recently, some are expanding it to be family ministries i.e. ministering to parents and their families. Over the last few months, I've (Alvin) recognized there is a distinction between youth ministry and a church's reponse to

26 11, 2014

Is your Advent synonymous with "busyness"?

By |2014-11-26T20:06:18-05:00November 26th, 2014|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|0 Comments

As Advent approaches, I usually hear from our youth leaders this is one of the busiest times of year. (For us at CBOQ Youth, it's actually a slower time because no one really needs us.) While celebrations and other activities take time and energy to plan, I wonder if it becomes over-programmed. For instance, ask yourself some of these questions: As you enter December, do you feel more strained or

19 02, 2014

The Story of "Annie", FBC-Here and Camp Whoknowswhere

By |2016-10-31T13:57:23-04:00February 19th, 2014|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|0 Comments

Let's imagine a story about a student named Annie who's 16 years old in a church (let's call it FBC-Here) with about 80 people, some kids and 2-3 other students in high school. She went to Camp Whoknowswhere for a few summers as a child and loved the experience. As she's growing in her faith, she's exploring how she could serve God. Her church, always looking for personnel help, encourages

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