You know the moment.

You work up the courage for months, invite that friend to church… and it just comes out…. awkward.

You think, “There must be a better way!” And there is!

Just say Meet Me At The Movies!

We’ve got a great event coming up at September 25th at the Barrie Triple Drive In for you to invite your friends and their families to (yes the next day is a PA day!)

Along with two great blockbusters – How To Train Your Dragon 2, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, our band will be there and there will be great games for grown ups and families.

It’s an easy and fun invitation that will make it all the more easy to say “Meet Me At The Movies… again on Sunday!”, and invite your friends out to a Sunday morning.

You make a big investment in your friends and neighbors who don’t go to church, and this is another great way to invest in them. Tickets are just $10/car, and you can get them right here.

This Sunday the fun continues as we wrap up our series “You’ll Be Glad You Did” in Barrie and continue it in Orillia. As usual, we have some fun planned and this is a great weekend to invite your friends! We’ll see you Sunday!

Barrie Campus

You’ll Be Glad You Did – Part 5 – Onebelievable | Andy Stanley

Churches rarely get in trouble because of theological issues. They get in trouble over competing agendas and power grabs. That’s not what Jesus had in mind when he launched his church. In fact, when he prayed for his followers, he prayed that they would be one. But what does that look like?

8.30 and 10.00 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Barrie

Invite your friend to Barrie here.

Orillia Campus

You’ll Be Glad You Did – Part 4 – Share The Wealth | Andy Stanley

Our culture says life’s value is found in what we achieve or what we accumulate. But those things eventually fade away. We each have a treasure chest full of life experiences that will die with us unless we become intentional about distributing our wealth. The value of your life is found when we share those experiences.

8.30 and 10.00 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Orillia

Invite your friend to Orillia here.

Last weekend at our Barrie location, we had the chance to celebrate with somebody amazing as they were baptized.

Meet Sarah:

We’re cheering for you Sarah as you go public with your faith in Jesus! We were so excited to share in this special day with you.

Each week, we see more and more stories just like Sarah’s being written as people are led into a growing relationship with Jesus.

Over the course of this series, we’ve seen Andy Stanley speak directly to students, singles, marrieds (this week in Orillia), and empty nesters (this week in Barrie).

Hundreds of you have come and taken away great practical advice you’ve applied in your lives.

We’re wondering…. are you glad you did? We’d love to hear your stories of what you’ve learned so far!

Leave a comment below and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Barrie Campus

You’ll Be Glad You Did – Part 4 – Shae the Wealth | Andy Stanley

Our culture says life’s value is found in what we achieve or what we accumulate. But those things eventually fade away. We each have a treasure chest full of life experiences that will die with us unless we become intentional about distributing our wealth. The value of your life is found when we share those experiences.

8.30 and 10.00 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Barrie

Invite your friend to Barrie here.

Orillia Campus

You’ll Be Glad You Did – Part 3 – The Secret Sauce | Andy Stanley

No one likes to be wrong. No one likes to be told what to do. But insisting that you’re always right isn’t a recipe for a great marriage. Great marriages are built on humility . . . on the willingness of both spouses to submit to each other and to God.

But how do you do that? It all begins with prayer.

8.30 and 10.00 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Orillia

Invite your friend to Orillia here.

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Marriage.

It can be the source of our greatest joys, and some of our greatest frustrations.

But what if there was one thing you could do for your marriage that would drastically, incredibly increase your marriage’s degree of success?

What if there really was a secret sauce, a magic bullet, a true key to a great marriage.

There is. And it’s statistically proven. We’ll be talking all about it this weekend at our Barrie campus and next weekend at our Orillia campus.

If you’re married – don’t miss it. If you ever want to get married – don’t miss it.

It could truly change your world. We’ll see you Sunday!

Barrie Campus

You’ll Be Glad You Did – Part 3 – The Secret Sauce | Andy Stanley

No one likes to be wrong. No one likes to be told what to do. But insisting that you’re always right isn’t a recipe for a great marriage. Great marriages are built on humility . . . on the willingness of both spouses to submit to each other and to God.

But how do you do that? It all begins with prayer.

8.30 and 10.00 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Barrie

Invite your friend to Barrie here.

Orillia Campus

You’ll Be Glad You Did – Part 2 – Get Out, Stay Out, and Clean Out | Andy Stanley

Today’s decisions become tomorrow’s realities. Wise and discerning people understand that. They choose to live as if life is connected, as if each decision matters. That’s because they know that their present becomes their past that shapes their future. In each season of life we make decisions that shape what our lives look like in the next season.

8.30 and 10.00 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Orillia

Invite your friend to Orillia here.

As we move into the most exciting chapter of our life together at Connexus, we’re getting ready in many ways.

On that note, we’ve got some great news to announce this week. Our team grows again – this time by two!

This summer we’re welcoming two new members to our team, Andy Harvey and Linda Goodall.

Andy Harvey – our new Executive Director of Ministry – joins us to serve as a full-time senior leader alongside Jeff Brodie and Carey Nieuwhof.  We are excited to welcome Andy and his family.

Andy Harvey Family

Andy, his wife Lydia, their son Andy Jr have been part of the Connexus community for many years, and Tuesday August 12th will be the first day Andy will be in our offices.

If you see Andy around, make sure to say hello this August. And, of course, you can drop Andy a line (aharvey@connexuschurch.com).

Some fun facts about the Harvey family:

  1. They’ve been around Connexus since inception in 2007.
  2. In Andy’s free time, you’ll find him exploring new places in the world.
  3. The Harvey’s claim their 14 year old black lab is bilingual (Spanish/English), just as they are.
  4. If Andy could only survive off one food – it would be ice cream.  But he loves to cook.

So what will Andy do?  Who knows what ministry leaders do all week? Okay, not really.

Andy brings a wealth of experience from two decades in senior leadership in the hospitality industry, where he most recently served as an advisor to the CEO of a major Toronto holiday company.

In his role as Executive Director of Ministry, Andy’s job is to walk alongside staff to provide coaching, support and development.  He’ll oversee our Service Programming Department, and will work with our staff and volunteer teams to help us do the best job we can at building irresistible environments to create a church that unchurched people love to attend. He will also oversee our campuses and help ensure our groups reach their full potential as we grow in the next few years.

Andy’s got a great sense of humour, a real heart for God and a love for people.

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Linda Goodall – our new Office Manager – joined us full-time earlier this summer to fill the maternity leave position of the Office Manager. Linda most recently served as family services coordinator for the Salvation Army in Orillia overseeing the outreach program, managing community volunteers and acting as the public relations representative.  Linda brings great organizational skills and a great personality to her role at Connexus.

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Linda, her husband Kevin, and their 3 children, Meghan, Nathan and Jenna, started attending Connexus Church in Orillia several years ago, and they were first invited by neighbours!

If you haven’t already, make sure to welcome Linda. And, of course, you can drop Linda a line (lgoodall@connexuschurch.com).

Some fun facts about Linda and the Goodalls:

    1. Linda and her family were invited to Connexus by a friend in the school yard.  Before that invitation, she and her family had never been a part of a church community!  Life has changed in some incredible ways since that day.
    2. Linda is a social butterfly – loves hanging out with her family, camping, going for coffee with friends and volunteering in the community.  But when she needs alone time, she’ll run, write or read.
    3. Cooking at the Goodall’s is an adventure! They turn the music up really loud, then sing and dance like crazy!  The “I-wouldn’t-be-seen-in-public-with-my-parents” kind of crazy.  We hear it’s a blast… want to try it?
    4. If linda could only survive off one thing, it would be dark mint chocolate. It’s her weakness!

So what does Linda do? Her main job is to manage the Connexus Office and enable the mission and vision of Connexus is realized through great administrative organization. She oversees a team of volunteers that make the administrative aspects of our ministry hum, and on the weekends helps lead Guest services at Connexus Orillia.

We’re so thankful that Andy, Linda and their families are here at Connexus.  Please remember them – and our mission – in your prayers!

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If not, it’s not a story you will want to miss.

Meet Shane.

Because Connexus is a community full of people who pray, invite, and give more boldly than ever, so many stories like Shane’s get written each and every week.

Shane is the reason we exist as a church – to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Shane, we celebrate with you, and are so happy that you and your family count Connexus as your home.

This weekend in Barrie and Orillia, we continue with our new series “You’ll Be Glad You Did” with Andy Stanley. Each week, he brings a fresh angle to life no matter what your stage.

There’s something for everyone, whether you’re a student, single, married, or an empty nester, and this isn’t a series you’ll want to miss.

We can’t wait to see you at our campuses on Sunday, and as always, it’s a great weekend to invite a friend. You’ll be glad you did!

Barrie Campus

You’ll Be Glad You Did – Part 2 – Get Out, Stay Out, and Clean Out | Andy Stanley

Today’s decisions become tomorrow’s realities. Wise and discerning people understand that. They choose to live as if life is connected, as if each decision matters. That’s because they know that their present becomes their past that shapes their future. In each season of life we make decisions that shape what our lives look like in the next season.

8.30 and 10.00 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Barrie

Invite your friend to Barrie here.

Orillia Campus

You’ll Be Glad You Did – Part 1 – Label Maker | Andy Stanley

It’s one thing to battle the monster, but how do you defeat him?  A lot of the battle goes on in your mind. And it goes on in your bank account. So is defeat possible? Yes, although the answer may surprise you and even discourage you before it liberates you.

8.30 and 10.00 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Orillia

Invite your friend to Orillia here.