How To Be A Hero

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Movies? Drama.

Fame? Drama.

Friends? Drama.

Politics? Drama.

Family? Drama.

It’s what the headlines are made for. Drama, drawing you and me into story, surprise, suspense.

Think about how you’re drawn to drama.  Don’t think you’re excluded.  You’re not.

What news have you heard in the last 24 hours that you stopped to listen to, talk about or understand?  Bet there is drama involved — some kind of tension, uncertainty or surprise.  And is there some kind of “hero” or “villain”?

Drama is not something you would want in your own life, right?

But can there be any kind of drama in your own life that is good, even healthy?  Why or why not?

As we approach the drama of Easter, explore this conversation on Sunday in Barrie, and in Orillia discover why everyone is included in the story God is writing.

Barrie Campus

How to be a Hero — Part 1 — I Hate This Part | Carey Nieuwhof

A hero’s life is always dramatic. Truthfully, most of us have a love hate relationship with drama. We are attracted to drama in other people’s lives, but we resist it in our own. Could it be possible that when we resist drama, we resist God?

8.30 and 10.00 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Barrie

Invite your friend to Barrie here.

Orillia Campus

Everybody – Part 3 – Everybody’s Included | Carey Nieuwhof

If everyone’s included, then everyone’s also invited. Our church is specifically designed to include people who don’t feel welcome and you play a pivotal role in that. In this message, Carey will explain why many people are afraid to invite their friends to church and how to overcome those fears.

8.30 and 10.00 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Orillia

Invite your friend to Orillia here.

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Let’s be honest…finding a place where we can have honest and open discussions about God, the Bible, Jesus or Christianity can seem to be a daunting task.

At Connexus, we believe the church should be the first place to ask your faith related questions and Starting Point is an 8-week environment where questions can turn into conversations.

Starting Point is a conversational environment where people can explore faith and experience community.

Starting Point groups are a safe place for people with questions about faith, as well as those who want to learn about the Bible and Christianity. Groups meet for 8 weeks and together explore the grand story of the Bible. One of the goals of Starting Point is to help participants find their places in the story.

Who is Starting Point for?

Seekers – those who are curious about God, Jesus, the Bible, or Christianity
Starters – those who have just begun a relationship with Jesus Christ
Returners – those who have some church experience, but have been away for a while

Where does Starting Point take place?

In Barrie our next group is scheduled to start Sunday March 29 during the 10am service. In Orillia the group date is TBD but will launch as soon as possible.

What can you do?

  1. If you’re interested in joining the Starting Point conversation simply click here to register.
  2. Or perhaps you know someone who would benefit from being a part of Starting Point…WHY DON’T YOU INVITE THEM AND JOIN THEM IN THE GROUP?

Either way, simply click here to register

Because your questions can turn into a conversation…

Dan Barber

Meet Ben and Jaclyn.

Ben and Jaclyn are newly married.  Amidst completing a degree, full professional lives and their long workday commutes, they have prioritized one of the best things.


But we’ll let them tell you why!

You never know what hangs in the balance when you volunteer.

Are you thinking about serving?  We need you!

As this exciting era presses forward, we need 200 new volunteers. That’s you!

And this isn’t just something that has value for Connexus, but we believe it’s something that has value for you.  You are important and you are included in this mission.  And when you volunteer, you just see God work in a different way.

Wondering what some of your volunteer options are?

  • Kids or Student Ministry – there are a variety of volunteer roles that include small group leading, security check in, supply cordination, large group leading and more!
  • Guest Services – if you’re a people person, you’ll love our Guest Service team!
  • Production and Media – if you’re technically inclined, keep to learn or skilled at design work, these team play a big part in what you see in the adult service on Sunday morning!
  • eTeam - your role is really hands on – you’re setting up and tearing down awesome environments on Sundays that families want to come back to.  This team is especially critical at our Orillia campus right now!
  • Music Team - do you have a passion and skill for music?  Audition for our band!
  • Moving Team – you can even volunteer mid-week to help with our office-move in April/May!

The commitment levels for each role vary – so if you find yourself curious about anything, just CLICK HERE to start a conversation.

We’d love for you to sign up today!

It’s about something so much bigger than any one of us.

We want you to be part of it!

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It’s spring!

Congratulations — we made it.

This spring, there’s something powerful you can do.  There’s something powerful you can do that might surprise you.

That something is about being open.  Being willing to put yourself out there for the benefit of someone else.  It’s about welcoming someone into a place they may have never felt welcome.  It’s about inviting someone to church — because everyone’s included.

Does any of that make you uncomfortable? Maybe even a little afraid?

Join us in Barrie this weekend to get over your fear of bringing someone to church. 

Better yet, face it and bring someone with you this weekend!

You never know what — or who — you could impact.

Barrie Campus

Everybody – Part 3 – Everybody’s Included | Carey Nieuwhof

If everyone’s included, then everyone’s also invited. Our church is specifically designed to include people who don’t feel welcome and you play a pivotal role in that. In this message, Carey will explain why many people are afraid to invite their friends to church and how to overcome those fears.

8.30 and 10.00 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Barrie

Invite your friend to Barrie here.

Orillia Campus

Prepared – Part 2 — Everybody’s Important | Carey Nieuwhof

So is attending church the goal? Surprisingly, attending church was a completely foreign concept to the early church. You don’t attend church, you are the church. As we move into a whole new season as Connexus church, we’ll share why it’s mission critical that everybody’s involved in our critical mission—even you.

8.30 and 10.00 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Orillia



Ever think that when you finally have money you’ll no longer struggle?

Strangely, even some rich people struggle with feeling poor. I know that sounds ridiculous. Why on earth would anyone who has money feel poor?

There’s an emptiness to success, and even an emptiness to financial success that surprises many. That’s what I’ll be helping you see… and helping you master, during the next Financial Learning Experience at Connexus Church.

I’ve spent my life studying successful people and what they do that helps them become successful.  The one thing they all seem to have in common was their constant drive and determination to be the very best. Losing was not an option.

So here’s the Question. Once you’ve gotten all the accolades, all the riches, all the trophies, now what?

You should be euphoric, but most people aren’t. Maybe you’ve felt that, too. Ever been promoted but feel empty? Or looked at your tax return and thought “I’m making decent money, but why am I never happy? Why am I always struggling?” That’s the tension I’m talking about.

Maybe you’ve discovered something these superhuman stars have discovered: I call it “the great emotional letdown.” Basically, success didn’t feel how they thought it would feel.

The sweet smell of success was bittersweet. After all the confetti settles, and the cheques are cashed and the magazine articles have been written they ask themselves, now what?

What they do next sometimes defines what they will be remembered for most when people look at their legacy.

Ever wonder whether you have a legacy?  Maybe you haven’t even thought that’s possible for someone at your life-stage or income level. But it is.

God gives us money for particular reasons, and whether you make a lot or a little, you can make the world a better place when you discover how to manage and use money God’s way.

I’ll be helping you with that during next week’s Financial Learning Experience (FLE) on Wednesday March 25th. It’s actually a new and improved FLE with new content, but as always it will be filled with practical tips on how to win with your money, whether you have a lot or only a little. Plus, it’s a great environment to bring your friends or even your teenage kids to. Together, we’ll explore how to live with financial margin and live on mission.

If you’re wondering why I’m teaching this year’s FLE, in a word, it’s because I’m passionate about helping people win with their money. I love to help people find out what it is they are truly called to do if money was no object and see them live with that purpose and cause.

I joined the Connexus staff last summer after over 25 years in the corporate world. I’ve had a lot of experience with people who’ve had money and seen how empty it can be and how rewarding it can be. I’m so excited to see people move ahead financially next week.

So – ask yourself… what would it feel like to live a fully funded life? To be able to wake up and do exactly what floats your boat every day.

That’s what we’ll be talking about next week. If you haven’t registered, register here!


Andy Harvey

Executive Director | Connexus Church