On March 9-10, North York UBF had their annual spring retreat at Ganaraska Woods. This retreat’s theme was “Alive” based around the passage John 15:1-17. Throughout the weekend students and staff had many opportunities to discuss, share and listen to each other to learn what it meant to be alive in Christ through activities such as small group discussions, group bible study and an engaging and thought provoking workshop. We were encouraged by Andrew Han’s message that urges us to remain in the true vine Jesus Christ and only when we remain in Him we are truly alive. The life testimonies of Hannah Kwak, and J.R Lee were especially inspiring and we pray that they may grow to be influential Christians. Read more…
From December 27-30, 2012 nearly 400 people from all ages, backgrounds, and walks in life gathered in Grass Lake, Michigan at Faholo Christian Conference Center for the Well Retreat. The conference was titled ‘Abba, Father: Walking as Sons and Daughters’ as an invitation to encounter God our Father whether for the first time, to renew one’s walk with Him, or to go deeper into the Father’s love as His children.
A major theme of the conference was that we are all family! The atmosphere was evident of that as people built new relationships or continued to build and deepen existing ones. The family groups were formed to facilitate reflecting on God’s Word from Romans 8, reflection and testimony sharing, prayer, and opening up to one another. Also, outside of family groups there was a sense of family and community in the large group sessions as everyone worshipped, received the Word of God, and was ministered to by the Holy Spirit. Read more…
It’s that time of the year, where the streets are glowing with Christmas lights. Where malls are jam packed with people buying holiday gifts for their loved ones, and families coming together after a busy year to spend quality time together. “Tis’ the season of giving” some would say. And rightly so!
But have you ever thought about why people are so excited this time of year? Have you ever thought about the real meaning of Christmas?
The true meaning of Christmas is love. John 3:16-17 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of this incredible act of love.
The real Christmas story is the story of God’s becoming a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ. Why did God do such a thing? Because He loves us! Why was Christmas necessary? Because we needed a Savior! Why does God love us so much? Because He is love itself (1 John 4:8). Why do we celebrate Christmas each year? Out of gratitude for what God did for us, we remember His birth by giving each other gifts, worshipping Him, and being especially conscious of the poor and less fortunate.
The true meaning of Christmas is love. God loved His own and provided a way—the only Way—for us to spend eternity with Him. He gave His only Son to take our punishment for our sins. He paid the price in full, and we are free from condemnation when we accept that free gift of love. “But God demonstrated His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Simply put, Jesus is the reason for the season! Jesus is the greatest gift from heaven! Given to us by our loving Father God!
P.S. Please join us at our Christmas Worship Celebration on Dec 23rd, 2012!
Where? Zion Cultural Centre (right beside Seneca Newnham Campus)!
When? 10:30 am
Christmas Lunch & Fellowship after service!
For more information contact: email@example.com
Call us at (416)502-2738!
We hope to see you there!
On Thursday, November 15 at the Seneca Clubs Room, the Campus Bible Club held a workshop on maintaining a Christian identity as a college student. Msn. Elijah Kim explained and talked about Daniel 1 and the life of Daniel, who remained faithful to the Lord while living in exile and served two different foreign Kings.
Just as Daniel and the other young men struggled to remain faithful to the Lord while being in exile, it’s hard for us to remain commited to following God while studying at school where there are many temptations, and doesn’t seems to be a place where Christianity is very welcome.
After hearing about Daniel, then Joel Fast led the discussion period in where many people shared both how they remained commited to following Jesus, when it seemed like nobody else in their area of study or work dismissed the existence of God.
It was very moving, and it was reassuring that those who are struggling and feel alone doing Christ’s work wherever they are, that they’re certainly not alone in their experience and definately not alone in following God.
Written by Joel Fast
We thank God for His Words in the parables of the kingdom of God from (Mt 13:24-52) presented by Isaac Kim.
He described what the kingdom of heaven is like by using Jesus’ examples in the bible. He emphasized the point to recognize the value of the kingdom which has transforming power in the Word of God. Read more…
• Target launch date: September 23, 2012
• One basic fee for housing & other costs
• A separate meal plan cost—3 options
• Early Bird rate (Sept.23 through Nov. 31); Early rate (by May 31); Walk-in rate after June 1st, 2013
• Students can pay in installments over eleven months
• Invite friends through registration system
• Pick roommates Read more…
On June 22-24 members of North York UBF attended the Toronto GTA,
Hamilton and Guelph regional conference in Ignite Camp and Retreat Centre with the theme
of “I desire mercy.” Throughout the weekend we heard the powerful
words of God being spoken by all the speakers that really hit home. There
were also a number of testimony speakers which was encouraging and
beautiful to hear how God was worked and continues to work in the
lives of those who follow his teachings. Dramas, dances and videos
were also used to demonstrate God’s mercy for us. Read more…
On the evening of Friday May 11th, the young disciples began to look at the early church, as written about in the book of Acts and to examine issues and topics pertaining to what the Bible says about them. On this first meeting though, we looked at what it means to be disciple of Jesus. The word disciple, especially in a Christian context comes with it a lot of stigma and presuppositions when it is used. It can often be unclear what a disciple and what it entails. To understand what the Bible teaches about being a disciple Andrew Han Jr. gave a presentation that looked at the first disciples and the process and struggles that came for them with following Jesus. Read more…
On Sunday, May 6 the first ever CBF (Children’s Bible Fellowship) arrived in North York UBF. It was a very busy and jam-packed session for the four students who showed up to the first meeting. When they began the students were treated to one to one explanation of this week’s story, God creating the World, by their respective Bible Teachers.
Next, the students watched a magnificent video illustrating the story that was very moving. Afterwards the students were treated to some passionate worship led by Bible Teachers Mark Lee and Becky Kim. Then the students were asked some tricky questions about the story by the tough Principal Moses. In exchange for getting the correct answer the students were given beautiful stickers.
Finally, the students coloured in a drawing of the many different animals that God has made. With such fun and interactive activities it looks to be a very exciting time for those in CBF. Praise God!
-Written by Joel Fast
Luke 15:20 “So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”
North York UBF hosted a Spring Bible retreat on March 9th to 11th 2012, titled Lost and Found. 40 people attended the retreat, including 11 bible students and three guests from Montreal UBF and one from London UBF. Read more…