INTERVIEW: Bianca Hébert
by julie.brown on May 8, 2016 - 8:57pm
The following is an interview between the author, Julie Brown, and Bianca Hébert, the chair of the youth group of Rosemount Bible Church. The interview was conducted on April 29th, 2016.
The article that these interviews were conducted for can be found here.
BROWN: How long have you been involved with RBC (Rosemount Bible Church) on a leadership level?
HÉBERT: I’ve been a leader for four years, at RBC. When I started I was just coordinating the youth group, taking care of booking activities. And then I became the leader of a small group, doing weekly activities with them, and now I am the chair of the whole thing.
BROWN: Nice. What kind of environment does the church strive to create, in your opinion?
HÉBERT: I think we want to be as welcoming as possible, and as warm and open to anyone who comes, so that if you come to church, there’s a bunch of different people that can really fit. So it’s not like everyone’s the same, but really we look for differences and embrace them.
BROWN: How do you think the church accomplishes that? What kind of stuff have you implemented?
HÉBERT: I think it tries a lot to do a good variety of things. We basically had a blood drive for the community, sometimes we have corn boils, but then we have day care programs with conferences for parents, we’ve also had a dental service. Our church is located in a place that’s really not as rich – so the opposite of that – so that’s why we have all these things to really reach out to the community in ways that aren’t necessarily Christian. You know, everyone needs to go to the dentist, so we did that. So this is how we get a variety of people to get connected with the church.
BROWN: What importance does the church place on community? Or how has RBC made community an important aspect of its foundation?
HÉBERT: We’re trying to reach out to the community. So, we really tried to have the space rented for the people there, and this is how we bridge what we do on a Sunday to activities there as well.
BROWN: So, wait, you don’t rent the church, do you?
HÉBERT: We don’t rent the church, but we rent the space and then we use people from the church to sort of volunteer in it. For example, we’re in contact with the CLSC and they have conferences on like, how to feed well your child, and all the moms will come and we’ll offer daycare services in the church, and they’ll get to know us through that.
BROWN: You answered a bit how the church has been involved in the community; has the church done any, like, volunteering, or been involved with volunteer organizations? You mentioned the blood drive, I think.
HÉBERT: Yeah. I think, sometimes, we go to other non-profit organizations to do volunteer work there; for example, Share the Warmth, or World Vision, Welcome Home Mission, things like that. But mostly, yeah, it’s really being in contact with other organizations in terms of space rentals… And that’s how we do it.
BROWN: Has the youth done any stuff like just the youth group?
HÉBERT: Yup. So, once a year we try to have this focus activity on [that] theme. So, for example, last year what we did is we made baskets for Mother’s Day. And they were food baskets. There are a lot of families in the neighbourhood, and we made baskets for the moms because most of them are single moms, and there was food, and it was just a really nice thing for mother’s day, to do something useful.
BROWN: That’s so nice. So, you got together like on a Friday night…
HÉBERT: Yeah. Exactly, that was our activity for Friday night, we encouraged the youth to bring food, so non-perishables, and we came and organized it on tables, and then we had a chain of things going on. I can’t think of anything else that we did, but we did cleaning, like as a youth group, we’d go somewhere and paint fences – we haven’t done that in a really long time, but that’s something we want to do later. It depends on the size of the group too. We used to have trips to Jamaica, where the funds that we fundraised was that people would pay us to do chores around the house, so that was cool, like mow the lawn for the summer or something. And so, that’s something that we did as a youth group.
BROWN: What was the trip to Jamaica?
HÉBERT: It was a humanitarian trip. I didn’t go, but it was mostly going there, going to different churches, and helping out. Building, mostly painting, or sweeping, cleaning the facilities, and going to orphanages. Just, being encouraging.
BROWN: That’s very nice. So, I have one last question. How have you personally felt the importance of support and togetherness in RBC? How do you see these values demonstrated in the church community?
HÉBERT: I think RBC is like a family. We have youth every Friday, and it’s great, but then we see each other at camp, and then we see each other at Bible studies during the week, or for fun at school during the week. And it’s super important because there are lots of Christians sort of scattered around, but then you come together, you really have something in common, and you really need to have those bonds strengthen to survive.
Hébert went on to mention that one of the biggest problems at RBC was the language barrier. Though the church service is in English, it is situated in a mostly francophone neighbourhood. “Just the people who volunteer there have to speak French, or communicate in other ways. [And that’s fine], but then, inviting them to RBC Sunday mornings is an issue.”