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Once you've made the decision to follow Jesus, the next step is to get baptized! When you're baptized in water, you make a public statement to others that you're choosing to let your old life go and allowing God to make you new. People often ask us, "how do I know if I'm ready to get baptized?" The answer is simple: if you believe in your heart that Jesus is really God and you've made a decision to follow Him, then you're ready to be baptized! You don't need to have your life figured out and rest assured you'll make lots of mistakes along the way, but if you're doing your best to follow Jesus, baptism is for you!
Looking for a place to build relationships with others, learn from one another and grow spiritually? Join a Connect Group!
Connect Groups are a huge part of APA. Each group consists of about 8-12 people; when they meet you can expect them to consist of a time of socializing, light refreshments, and a discussion based on the previous Sunday's message at APA. Our fall semester is currently in progress. The next semester starts February 4th. Check back here in January to find a group near you!
When children join a family, whether by birth or adoption, parents are given the responsibility of raising that child well. We find the examples in scripture (1 Samuel 1:21-28; Luke 20:21-40) of parents dedicating their child to the Lord.
At APA, instead of baptizing children, parents makes the choice to dedicate them to God. This isn't about the salvation of the child, but rather the commitment of the parents to do everything they can to love their child and raise them to know who Jesus is. The church body also makes a commitment to help love and invest in the child and to support the parents in any way they can.
During a child dedication service, each family will stand before the congregation as the families are prayed over and answer simple questions of commitment with the response, "I/we do." We encourage you to invite your family and friends to be a part of these services!
The next Child Dedication service is February 11, 2018 at 10am.
Vantage Youth Retreat
Vantage Youth Retreat is a weekend get away for students in grades 8 to 12. It will be a weekend where students will have intentional time growing in their faith with Jesus and growing in friendship with one another. It will be happening November 17th to 18th at Charis Camp in Chilliwack, BC. The Cost will be $140.00 before November 1st and $160.00 after November 1st. Drop-off will be at APA on Friday November 17 at 5:15PM ad Pick-up will be 1:00PM Sunday November 19th. Transportation, meals and accommodations will be included in the cost given above.