The Willows Connection 2023

Join us for worship on Sunday, February 5th at 10am. We will continue with our series The Story which is a dynamic, powerful, and rewarding experience from Genesis to Revelation. This week’s topic is: The Beginning of the End (of the Kingdom of Israel)Live stream will be available here:  The Willows Church Salvation Army Youtube Channel

There is small group material already prepared for each week, but we are looking for small group hosts and / or leaders.  Connect with the pastors asap if you can start up a group, we are happy to advertise it for you!   The lounge at the church can be used on Wednesday nights at 7pm if you would like to meet onsite.  

Prayer & Care 

Asking for prayers for a couple of new ministries beginning this season.  First, for the launching of The Landing, that teens would find a safe place to process life with Sarah Macdonald, Samuel Dunstan and Cameron, the youth outreach worker from Mountainview Alliance.  Pray also for the TASK program at HD Stafford, as a group of middle schoolers learn anger management skills that will hopefully impact their day to day social life at home and at school.  Finally, please pray for the launch of our Messy Church – more volunteers are needed! We are also hoping to connect with folks in particular who find attending a Sunday morning service difficult for their family.

Our sympathies to Kathleen & Taylor MacLeod, as Kathleen’s father passed away last Sunday, the service will be in Victoria next weekend.  Pray also for Jean Selwood in hospice care, Penny Armstrong and family.  Prayers are also encouraged for our other seniors and shut-ins:  Eva Mortimer, Arnie & Alice Bannerman, Alf Graham, Lenore Domanko, Dorothy Ratcliffe during this long winter season where they must spend so much time indoors.  Pray for our Community Care Ministries and our chapel services that we offer at Chartwell Langley Gardens, Chartwell Renaissance and Harrison Landing.  Connect with Pastor Renee if you are interested in serving in this ministry.

A super easy way you can help (really!):

Take your refundable bottles and cans to your local Return-It depot in clear bags, go the Express Drop-off machine and enter the phone number 604-341-1335, print off your labels and put them on your bags and you’re done.  It’s as simple as that!  These funds all go to the Partners In Mission campaign to support The Salvation Army’s work overseas – Pastor Dave also has some pre-printed labels ready to go!

Men’s Breakfast  this Saturday, February 4th. @ 8-9:30AM  Come and enjoy a Pancake & Sausage breakfast with us!

Joins us for our first Messy Church Saturday February 11th @ 5-7PM at The Willows! Messy Church is church that is fun for everyone – all generations together!  It celebrates faith with creativity and hospitality. Registration Necessary.  Limited spots available.  Volunteers still needed!  *** Register here to attend  **

The Landing for teens at Mountainview Alliance every Thursday from 4-6PM. The Landing is a safe place for teens to process life. Ages 12-18 years old. No need to register just drop in.  All are welcome, bring a friend!

Save the date for a Family Potluck Brunch on Sunday February 19th @ 10:00am during our Church Service. Please bring your favorite dish to share; fruit tray, yogurt, cheese, croissants, muffins, bagels, eggs, etc… Nut free dishes please!

Sunday School

Our new themes for February include:

“Candy Hearts” for Preschoolers. Jesus loves me. “How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” Have you noticed any heart-shaped candy boxes or giant teddy bears in stores yet? It’s that time of year when we do extra special things to show people how much we love them. One sweet way to do that has always been with candy hearts. Candy hearts are such a fun way to show someone you love them, which goes perfectly with what we are teaching preschoolers this month. After all, everything Jesus did while He was on earth was to show us how much He loves us. And if there’s one thing we really want preschoolers to know, it’s that Jesus loves them.

“Road Rules” for Elementary. “The Connection between Respect and God’s character, as shown through God’s Big Story”.
We often think about respect in terms of vertical relationships with have with others—respect for parents, teachers, and people in authority. Those are important, but equally important are the more horizontal relationships we have with people, like siblings, friends, and even people we may not get along with. This idea of valuing others and having mutual respect is seen all throughout Scripture and is a necessary way to communicate with others and demonstrate God’s love with them. We see throughout Scripture that all people have value because they were created in God’s image. God values us and wants a forever relationship with us. God sent Jesus to make that possible. We follow God’s example when we show others that they have value too.

“Cheat Codes” for Middle school. Love God, self, and others. A series about wisdom and faith. “Wisdom helps you win at life” Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.

New Volunteers are always welcome, ask for a screening package from Renee McFadden. 

We are currently seeking to hire a new Children’s Ministry Coordinator.  https://salvationarmy.ca/blog/jobs/childrens-ministry-coordinator-5/   Interviews will be happening next week.

If you can’t join us in person, click on the links below for a new online Sunday School experience video lesson each week right at home!

First Look (online experience for kids ages 3 – 6 )  Preschool at Home February 5th.

252 Kids Online Experience (Grade 1 to 4) Elementary video February 5th.

So & So Show So & So Show February 5th.

XP3 Middle School (Grade 5-8) Middle School Video February 5th.

Join us Call & Commitment 2023.  Be here. Be You. Belong in transformative ministry with The Salvation Army. 28 Day Prayer Calendar

Family Fun

      

Joins us for Willowbuds  this Wednesday, February 8th. “Bugs and Kisses”  February 22nd. “Once Upon a Time”  March 8th. “Fruit and Veggies”   March 22nd. “Lucky Charms”  9am -12pm  @ The Willows Family Life Centre.   Drop in for a great time of free play, snacks, craft and musical fun!

Youth Activities

Save the dates for Winter Youth Activities:

Friday, February 10th. Jr & Sr Mario Party in real life,

Thursday, February 16th. Paint Night

& Friday, February 24th (Cariboo) Dodge Ball  @ 7-9PM

Join us tonight Thursday, February 2nd. Bowling (Scottsdale Lanes) Meet at the Church at 7PM & Pick up at 9PM. Please bring $10.00 each to help cover the cost of the lanes. RSVP with Sam

Sr. Youth Bible Study Wednesday Nights 7-8pm. (Parents are always welcome to hang out in the lounge, grab a Keurig coffee or catch up on some work if needed.)

Join Winn Blackman’s Bible Study Zoom Group on Wednesdays @ 9:45-11:00AM. Studying the Book of Haggai. A minor prophet who had a major lesson both personally and for the church.  Metting Id:84701730594 Passcode:metting

We are so excited to be launching registration for our BRAVE event this year. Saturday, February 25, 2023. Our BRAVE event seeks to empower young participants to discover their true selves and recognize their amazing worth. It also brings together a group of passionate community service partners to help educate on mental health, boundaries, relationship with self, relationships with others – as well presentations are shared on local and global human trafficking schemes to raise awareness for our participants.  Please SHARE widely with the teen girls in your life.  We have 32 registrations so far so less than 43 spots left.

We also have many volunteer opportunities available, and would love to have as many Willows Church members involved as possible. Please reach out to Susan Pavey-Tanaka or Andrea Lynn at the office!
Here is Our Annual Impact Report 2022 for The Willows Family Life Centre, click on the link to read: Impact Report 2022
Camping Ministry is Opening up!
Registration is open for Young Adults Retreat March 24-26 Green Bay Bible Camp. Cost $100 Ages 18-30 years old. Transportation Support Provided.  https://bcyouth.campbrainregistration.com/
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John 15:12-13

““My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

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