Welcome to Uptown!
We meet on Sunday mornings at 10:30 for worship and teaching at White Rock Elementary School (1273 Fir Street). Our coffee is brilliantly prepared by Dave and is donated by Islands Coffee (across the street). We encourage you to come early and enjoy a cuppa while the worship team rehearses. Coffee is not allowed in the gymnasium, unfortunately, so we need stay in the lobby with our coffee and tea.
Usually, on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, you’ll notice tables full of bread and sweet treats from Cobbs. PLEASE take some of this donated, day-old bread for your family and to share with your neighbours.
The first Sunday of the month is special for us. First, we celebrate communion on the first Sunday. Sometimes we call for “family chalices” and if you have a special glass (some have pottery, silver, pewter or even a cherished coffee mug) please bring it on those special Communion Sundays to share the bread and the cup with your family. We serve grape juice to respect those in our community who struggle with alcoholism and we also serve gluten-free crackers for those who struggle with gluten intolerances. Most Communion Sundays we simply pass out the elements of the Eucharist and then take them together in unity.
Also, on the first Sunday of the month, our children join together in a single class for “Buddy Sunday” so that our older children have a chance to mentor our younger prodigies. This has become much easier with the introduction of a new curriculum series called The Gospel Project. We began on September 2nd with a unit called “In The Beginning” and ALL of our Sunday School classes will be learning from the same passages of scripture each week! This allows families more opportunity to bring God’s Good Word into their daily lives each week, as all of the children will be hearing the same stories. For more on The Gospel Project, visit gospelproject.com OR be really brave and download the LifeWay Kids app and scroll to The Gospel Project Volume 1 (you can get the free lite version, or spring for the full version that includes the weekly videos). We’ve also purchased a few adult study guides if you’d like to study along with your children! Ask Jen if you are interested in purchasing it ($5).
Home groups will be re-starting within the next month, so connect with your group leaders! If you haven’t yet joined a home group, or would like to join in a new one, please fill out a connect card at the back table, leave it in the offering box, and someone will contact you to help you find yourself at home!
Roger is our lead pastor (Christ is our Head Pastor) and founding pastor of this little church plant from about 20 years ago! He is supported with a number of part-time staff, including Garth who acts as the Associate/Executive Pastor; Katie, the Pastor of Student Ministries; Rachel, the Pastor of Children’s Ministries; Jennifer, the Ministries Coordinator; and an active Board and Eldership.
SALT is Uptown’s Youth Group for students in grades 6 through 12. This is the first year we are combining both groups and they will be held on SUNDAY EVENINGS from 6:30–8:30 PM at White Rock Elementary (where we worship Sunday Mornings). Please see the column on the next page for more information on what will be happening on Sunday night!
WatchKeepers: Every Tuesday night, Dave and Beverley Twitchett open their home to anyone who would like to pray for Uptown (including people who don’t come to Uptown regularly, but want to pray for us!). We meet at 7 PM at their home and there is often some time of quiet worship and communal prayer. Connect with Dave or Bev if you have any questions, or you can also email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have anything you’d like the group to pray for. You can also fill out one of the blank index cards and place it in the box on the back table if you would like to be anonymous.
WatchKeepers also meet on Sunday morning (9:30ish) to pray for the service, for individuals, for the teachers, volunteers, staff, everyone…if you would like prayer, please know you are invited to come for prayer before the service as well! A couple times a month there is a specific leadership prayer meeting at the McAllister House at 8 am.
Uptown has a few unique annual events to look forward to. Our next “big” event is “Christmas Eve in a Barn” which takes place in two services, on Christmas Eve, at Kingfisher Farm in the oldest standing barn in Surrey.
Another unique event is our Art Camp that will take place over FOUR days (not 3) next year at Hazelmere Campground from July 22-25, 2019. More will be said about that later, but mark your calendars so you don’t plan your holidays during that week!
See the following page for one of our most unique ministries, that is beginning its FOURTH YEAR of operation this September, Reflection Dance Studio!
If you are able to peel a potato, or dish out a bowl of soup, you can join some of our leadership team on Friday mornings/early afternoons to help serve a hot meal at The Lunch Hut, operated out of St. John’s Church. If you’d be blessed in serving in this way, connect with Nate or Roger for more information!
We are so blessed by the support and encouragement we have received and we are very excited to have the next year right upon us. We are joyfully eager to get started!
This year our focus is on being humbly confident, bold, and courageous in this life. We will be seeking scripture and prayer throughout the year and will be digging into Esther and Ephesians 6:10-19 among other books and scripture to study and immerse ourselves in through songs, lyrics, words, movement, and dance.
We are so grateful for the opportunity to offer many styles of dance and drama this year to our beautiful community in a way that is wholesome and incredibly thoughtful of content. We are offering our art form as an offering of praise and thanksgiving to The Lord our God, who alone is worthy.
We are grateful for our growing team of teachers and mentors this year. Our team is really interested in furthering opportunities for our students to grow in both technique and character, and we are deeply moved by the daily practice of having God be the central part of our lives in all ways, including to but not limited to the arts and creativity.
We truly had an incredible year last year at RDS. We are deeply thankful to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for His faithfulness in seeing us through to success in all the ways that are meaningful and long lasting.
Sarah Rose and team
Director of Reflection Dance Studio
We are super excited to transition our Sunday School curriculum to The Gospel Project. We are hoping to increase our children’s and students’ understanding of how ALL Bible stories, that Helen has been telling us for all these years, fit together to tell THE GOOD NEWS, the story of Christ Jesus.
It is possible to know all the Bible stories, and miss the Bibles story of redemption through Jesus Christ. The purpose of The Gospel Project is to equip users to understand how all Scripture testifies to the gospel fo Jesus Christ.
The Gospel Project goals are to
Help people grasp the grand story of the Bible by tracing major themes and essential doctrines throughout all of Scripture.
Help people understand and apply the gospel fo Jesus Christ by exploring implications for life in every session.
Help move people to mission by demonstrating proper responses to what God has done for us in Christ.
Learn more by visiting gospelproject.com to watch videos and explore all of the Additional Resources. In October, we’ll have a parents’ night and go over any questions or concerns you may have.
In the meantime, we want to encourage you to read the take-homes that your children are given, ask your students about what they are learning, and help your kids find their Bibles to bring to class! We are going to be doing a lot of work learning how the Old/First Testament stories lead up to telling the Gospel story, and learning how our story fits into the Grand Story.
Hello wonderful parents, students and leaders,
What an amazing summer we've had! I am so blessed and grateful for all the experiences we've had together: The Gleanings trip to Fresno (we will do it again this June/July for sure!); Art camp; Youth Campout; Cultus Lake- so many awesome memories!
The school year is fully upon us now, and I am very excited as we launch into another year of SALT. Things are going to be a little bit different this year. We (finally!) have access to a weekly, functional space to run SALT out of- the gym at White Rock Elementary school, 1273 Fir Street, White Rock.
Students Gr.6-12 will meet every Sunday evening 6:30-8:30 in the gym!
Here’s what your students can expect each week:
🍕Food. What kind will vary from week to week but they are guaranteed to be fed, and to be able to eat together with their friends.
🕺Fun. Crazy wild outside games, drop-in style sports, exciting challenges, general hilarity. Some weeks we will meet at the school and then pile the kids onto a school bus to go on an adventure (ie laser tag, extreme airpark, etc). But don't worry we will let you know ahead of time when these excursions are coming.
🎸Music. For the first few weeks we will be working on putting together a youth worship band. Many of your students are musically gifted; some of them are developing this already, others don't even know what they are capable of. I realize some kids aren't interested in being part of a youth band and others are. For that reason the vibe will be casual. We will have instruments and mics set up, and kids that are interested in learning to play or sing worship music will have that opportunity; meanwhile there will be other fun things to do as well.
🤗Friends. More than probably anything teens and preteens want to be hanging out with their friends. Our hope is that we can continue building a community that is loving, respectful, inclusive, safe and kind. We want every single student to know that they are valued for who they are.
⛪Faith. We do SALT because we love students and we love Jesus. More, we know that Jesus loves our kids even more than we ever could, and is passionately pursuing a relationship with each of them. We want SALT to be a safe place for students to learn, grow, question, explore, engage, worship, pray, and be challenged. Most of all, we want it to be a space where they would experience the love of God.
I would also love to hear from you and offer myself as support if I can in any way lend a listening ear, prayer and friendship as we all navigate the extreme challenge of parenting, mentoring, or being in the middle of the teenage years. If you ever want to have a coffee and a chat I would love that.
So excited to see what God is going to do in the lives of our students this year!!
Love to you all,
Pastor of Student Ministries