Chase Update - September 2018
Many people have been asking me how things in Chase are going and how the church can support us. So I thought I would send out an update.
Things in Chase have been going really well. Rachel and the boys and I have settled into our new home nicely after a bit of a crazy summer and are looking forward to the fall routines taking over. We have made some connections in town and we are all starting to make friends with those in our church and our neighbourhood.
The Chase Campus is also doing great. In May, I took over the Chase bible study Pastor Paul had started in Chase and since then we have been working with the group out here to transform that study into a service. We have been meeting on Sunday nights at 6:00pm at the Creekside Hall and it has been amazing to watch new people come and check us out. On Canada Day we walked in the parade alongside the Gideon’s and handed out over 600 Bibles to the people lining the streets. We also ran some kids activities at the park for both the Canada Day and Cornstock Community Celebrations. Our annual soccer camp was a huge success
with close to 30 children coming out (we had 30 kids pre-register but had a couple no-shows throughout the week).
One of my highlights from soccer camp was the number of connections we made with the families who came to watch. Some days we had more parents on the sideline than kids on the field! Part way through the summer we began some Wednesday evening meetings where those who wanted could come to our home, share a meal and after we would talk about our church. These meetings have been invaluable for us in building relationships as well as helping us figure out what the future of SCC Chase is going to look like. We have an
amazing group of people out here who have a tremendous passion for Christ and this community and through these meetings we have really gotten to see that. All along the way God has been bringing the right people out to join in His mission to see lives transformed in this community. What our team might lack in size we make up for in heart.
This has all lead us to set out a plan moving forward that I wish to share with everyone. September 30th from 5pm-7pm we will be hosting a large Party in the Park outreach event at the Haldane Elementary School fields (530 Cottonwood Street, Chase). This event will be for all to come out, have a good time with treats, hot dogs, inflatable’s and games, and celebrate the upcoming launch of SCC Chase.
October 7th SCC Chase will officially kick off with Sunday evening services at 5:35pm at a new
location, the Chase Community Hall (547 Shuswap Ave, Chase). After the service pie and dessert will be served. Everyone is welcome and invited to join us. From the 7th on we will continue to run services at the Hall at 5:35pm for the remainder of the year.
October 10th we will be launching up SCC Kids Zone, a midweek kids outreach program. It will run from 6pm-7:30pm every Wednesday night for the following 8 weeks in the Haldane Elementary School Gym.
Once we get services going, our Wednesday night meeting will change days and transform into a LifeGroup to promote community and relationships in our church through fellowship, study and discussion.
The final exciting opportunity we have is that we have been given access to a whole park for the annual Chase Christmas Community Light up on November 30th, to do whatever we want with. We plan to have a bonfire, hot apple cider, a live nativity drama as well as Christmas Carollers fill the park, bringing a fun but vital reminder to the community about the true meaning of Christmas.
We are really excited about what the future of SCC Chase looks like. Heading forward there are many ways for people to get involved and we would love to have those across the campus’ join us moving forward.
1. Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” So the first way you can support the work going on out here in Chase is through prayer. Last week I preached on John 15:1-17 and in verse 5 Jesus says that, “apart from me you can do nothing.” In this passage Jesus is speaking about how we need to abide in Him to bear fruit. That is our mission out in Chase; to bear fruit. To have people come to know and love and cherish Christ. Thus we must continually surrender ourselves, our will and our plans to Him, His will and His plans. We do that through prayer. Please pray for myself and my family, for our church and its leaders and for this community and all those who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Himself.
2. The next way to help is through choosing to come and serve alongside us in the work going on out here. Here are a couple of ways you can serve at SCC Chase:
- Help set up and run a station at our Party in the Park outreach on September 30th. Set up will begin at 3pm. We are in need of as many people as we can to help run games, flip hot dogs, make cotton candy and hand out information about our church.
- As services kick off we could use a hand each week with set up and takedown as well as worship through music. You can come once or offer to jump on a schedule. Whatever you can manage, we would love to have you.
- Attend a service with us. Having a few extra wonderful smiling people in church is a great way to help new-comers connect into our church.
- For the Christmas events we would like help collecting up a few people who are willing to brave the cold and sings some songs as part of the carolling team on November 30th from 6-8pm. We will maybe have a practice or two before hand and more details will come, but it would be great to know what kind of team we have to work with.
I have been a part of SCC for many years and over the years it has been great to see how the church has joined together to support the mission across the campuses. From helping Pastor Bob set up chairs in the early days of Sicamous to music teams making the trek out to Sorrento to help lead music for Pastor Scott. The sharing of time and resources and the commitment to one another that SCC displays is breathtaking. We are one church and together we are one family.
Please email me or give me a call if you would like more information or to sign up to help.