A woman from Guelph, Ontario is using bubbles as a way to spread joy in her community.

It all started Easter weekend of 2013, after Lynn Hancock reached out for help because she felt stuck and as if something was missing. 

Hancock had just retired from over 30 years of teaching and was approaching her 60th birthday.

"I had sung in the choir on Good Friday, and I was anticipating the Easter Sunday service, and I thought Saturday morning, I don't want to plan or organize anything. I just want to go for a drive," said Hancock.

That drive led her to the beaches on the East side of Toronto, where she was drawn to some huge kites in the sky. One of the people flying those kites just happened to be someone she knew. 

After a brief reconnection and conversation, Lynn says her friend told her she should try out bubbling. 

"I had no clue what she was talking about, but I was able to get a kit from her partner who had a kit in his car. And I thought, okay, I'm going to start this bubbling and go from park to park in Toronto," Hancock explains. " I heard more 'wows' that first summer sharing this with other people than I had heard in over 30 years of teaching, and I was teaching elementary school children."

She says it's those responses that keep her going year after year. 

"I experience God every time I go out to the park because it is thanks to God and the breath of God that these bubbles are possible, and people can experience them. I can't think of a better example of an activity where I could not do this or offer this without the breath of God. There is no bubbling without God."

Today on Connections, Lynn shares how she first got involved with bubbling and how she's using this as a way to spread joy.

Bubble Recipe

17 CUPS of water

11-17 tablespoons of Dawn dish detergent (original recipe called for 11tbsp. additional detergent seems to allow for more vibrant colours)

1 heaping teaspoon of guar gum powder

2 heaping teaspoons of baking powder


1. Measure the water into the bucket.

2. Sprinkle the dry ingredients on top.

3. Blend for 30 seconds.

4. Add the detergent to the blend.

5. Blend for 30 seconds. 

Mix in an upright immersion blender, as it allows for the mixing of wet and dry ingredients without creating a foam on the surface.