Great news. It’s happening!!!

Construction has officially begun on the new Connexus central facility.

Late last week we received a building permit that allowed us to begin work on the new central facility for Connexus Church. This is a place that will serve as a central hub for all we do, including resourcing our Orillia location better. And it’s a project that include a refresh for our Orillia environments that will make our location an even better place to invite your friends.

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The pics above are from a groundbreaking ceremony we did recently with our elders, staff and facility team. What a great moment to finally celebrate!

Wanna see more? Have a look…I did a quick 90 second tour of the construction here:

See What You Did There?

And all of this is happening because God is faithful AND because you were bolder than ever.
You’ve prayed more boldly, invited more boldly and given more boldly than ever before over the last two years…and look what’s happening as a result. 

Seriously, you’re taking a vision and making it a reality.

So What’s The Goal Again?

If I want to remind you and me of one thing in the next few (exciting month), it’s this: 

  • Let’s keep our eyes, and hearts, on the real goal.
The real goal is not to build a Central Facility or even a refreshed Orillia campus.

The goal is to lead more people than ever before into a growing relationship with Christ.

Think of husbands, sons, daughters, parents, friends, co-workers, neighbours and people we’ve never met — all in a relationship with Jesus.

So that’s what we’re doing. That’s what we’re aiming for. Simply leading more and more people into a growing relationship with Jesus.

So What Can You Do?

I know some of you will ask, so what can I do now?

Honestly, keep praying, keep inviting and keep giving more boldly than ever.

And in terms of giving:

1. Complete. Please complete your Bold pledge as quickly as possible. Construction has started.
2. Do What You Can. If you’re behind on your pledge, just give what you can. Don’t quit. Every little bit matters and is appreciated. Really!
3. Start. If you haven’t given, now’s the time. Here’s how
4. Help a Friend Out. If you’ve completed your personal pledge, thank you! Maybe you’re one of the people who can step into the gap to give on behalf of those who might have lost their job or had another life change circumstance that has made it hard for them to finish their pledge.


See what happens when a whole community rallies together? Amazing things.

Our boldest moments are our best moments. So thank you for being bolder than ever.

We’ll keep you posted!

-Carey

It’s not every week we get to announce something truly groundbreaking, but this week we do!

What is it?

It’s big enough that it’s only something we’ll announce in person – so you’ll want to make sure you’re present at one of our campuses on Sunday!

We’re excited, and we know you will be too… but that’s all we can say for now!

Be the first to know.

Don’t miss out. Be there Sunday!

We’ve also got some more “typical” Connexus fun and antics planned as Future Family continues this week in both Barrie and Orillia. We’ll see you on Sunday!

Barrie Campus

Future Family – Part 3 – Common Cause | Andy Stanley

When it comes to family, the only thing we all have in common is conflict. Family conflict is like no other because when you win an argument in your family, you don’t really win anything. The conflict is never fully resolved.What if there was a way to resolve family conflict by dealing with it at its source?

8.30 and 10.00 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Barrie

Invite your friend to Barrie here.

Orillia Campus

Future Family – Part 2 – Power Down | Andy Stanley

When the ideal is hard to attain, it’s tempting to just lower the bar and redefine the ideal. This can be especially true when it comes to Jesus’ teachings about family, which many of us have already fallen short of. In this message, Andy Stanley explains why aiming for God’s ideal is still worth it, even when our reality makes reaching it impossible.

8.30 and 10.00 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Orillia

Invite your friend to Orillia here.

 

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What Should You Be Striving For As A Parent?

There are no perfect parents, and there are no perfect kids. So what is the ideal family? What should be our goal?

In our Future Family series with Andy Stanley, Andy tackled the gap between what’s real and what’s ideal in our families.

When I look at my family, there is a tension between what is real around me and what is ideal. While I should be a patient parent, I can find myself making mistakes and pulling my hair our every day. God sets out some great ideals for us as parents. The big question is:

Will I abandon ideals, or lower my standards, just to make me feel better about my parenting?

OR

Will I accept that even if I won’t be the ideal parent, I need to parent toward ideals?

What does it mean to abandon ideals as a parent? What ways do I let myself off the hook or lower the standard for my family or myself as a parent?

Here are 3 ways I find myself lowering my standards as a parent:

  1. By quietly judging the parents around me.

    Sometimes pointing out the mistakes in others is motivated by a need to make us feel better about ourselves. This is true in all aspects of our lives, including parenting. We can find ourselves judging, gossiping, or critiquing the parents around us (or their kids) as an escape from focusing on our own need to improve how we lead our own children to grow in their relationship with Jesus and with others.

  2. By blaming my own parent.

    As we know, not every parent had a good experience when they were being parented. The words “mom” or “dad” are never neutral. Sometimes we can find ourselves blaming the past for our parenting mistakes today. “I have a temper because my dad did.” “It probably isn’t right, but that’s what my mom did.” We sometimes need to be reminded that the bad habits we inherit are meant to be broken not to be blamed. Our past shouldn’t be an excuse to not parent towards an ideal, but a springboard towards something better.

  3. Excusing ordinary situations by calling them extraordinary.

    So often my parenting excuses start with claiming that my current situation is an exception to the ideal.

    “The reason I don’t spend time with my kids is because I’m so much busier than everyone else.”
    “The reason I don’t pray with my kids is because it just won’t work with my child.”
    “The reason I yell at my kids is because I’m under so much more stress than most people.”
    “The reason I have these challenges is because my son is a December baby.”

    By claiming our situation is extraordinary gives us an excuse to lower our standards.

So – how do we handle the tension between what’s real and what’s ideal?

The answer: We take our cues from a God who models this for us. One of the mysteries of God is his ability to hold up ideals for me to aim towards, but to hold out his arms with grace because He knows I won’t always meet them – all with the goal of seeing me grow in my faith as a person and a parent.

God knows you aren’t a perfect parent, but He continues to hold up the ideal of a Jesus-led parent in one hand and His perfect grace for your mistakes in the other. Strive for what’s best, while understanding that God is ready to forgive and walk alongside you every step of the way.

If you haven’t had a chance to join us for our Future Family series, catch up online and we’d love for you to join us this Sunday.

Written by Jeff Brodie

Connexus Church
Executive Director
Director of Family Ministry

 

Future Family Continues This Week

You love your family, even if things aren’t always rosy.

You want to see every member of your family do better, succeed, and be happy.

But doesn’t it seems like sometimes you just run up against a wall in helping them get there? Sometimes those close to us just aren’t receptive to what we have to say.

Sometimes personal history gets in the way of great advice.

Sometimes, you’ll just disagree.

However, what if there was one super simple way to help your family win, one thing you could repeat every day?

What if there was one thing that could radically change the personal dynamics in your family for the better?

This week, we continue Future Family with Andy Stanley, it’s going to be an awesome weekend to invite a friend!

Barrie Campus

Future Family – Part 2 – Power Down | Andy Stanley

When the ideal is hard to attain, it’s tempting to just lower the bar and redefine the ideal. This can be especially true when it comes to Jesus’ teachings about family, which many of us have already fallen short of. In this message, Andy Stanley explains why aiming for God’s ideal is still worth it, even when our reality makes reaching it impossible.

8.30 and 10.00 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Barrie

Invite your friend to Barrie here.

Orillia Campus

Future Family – Part 1 – Ideally Speaking | Andy Stanley

When the ideal is hard to attain, it’s tempting to just lower the bar and redefine the ideal. This can be especially true when it comes to Jesus’ teachings about family, which many of us have already fallen short of. In this message, Andy Stanley explains why aiming for God’s ideal is still worth it, even when our reality makes reaching it impossible.

8.30 and 10.00 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Orillia

Invite your friend to Orillia here.

 

 

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Have you ever had the moment where you just could not figure something out?  Maybe it was a problem at work. Maybe it was a struggle with your kids, or a friend. Or maybe it is what just that stubborn Sudoku or crossword puzzle.

If you are like me, the one thing that always helps me find the answer, or even just some clarity, is taking a break. I take a few minutes and step away. Maybe you walk to another room, maybe you go on a hike, maybe you go on a vacation, or maybe you call someone else to ask for outside perspective.

Then, at some point in our break, we have the moment of clarity. Fresh perspective, whether it be the change of scenery, or the time away from our desk allows us to see things a bit differently. Often times, things then begin to click. We are able to come back from the break and solve the problem, finish the task, or restore the relationship.

It is based on this principal that we put on two amazing weekend-long retreats for our students from 6th to 12th grade at Connexus.

We want students to ‘retreat’ or ‘take a break’ from our everyday life to gain a new perspective on life. Turns out, that in this time we work to help them understand what it means to have a relationship with Jesus.

Every year at our Frequency and Vertical Reality weekends students have the opportunity to experience God in a new and exciting way.  They grow deeper in a relationship with a small group leader, and build lasting friendships with peers.   Above all, as they ‘take a break’ from everyday life, they learn to discover Jesus in a new way. They begin to see more clearly what a relationship with him looks like.

I think this is such a valuable time in the life a student, and I would not want a single one to miss out. If you have a student in grade 6-12 and have not registered them for the Frequency or Vertical Reality weekend it is not to late. They don’t have to miss out. All you need to do it click right here to register them for a weekend that could help them gain a new perspective on Jesus and grow in their relationship with him.

Before I go, I just want you to know as the Director of Student Ministries, I’m here to help you too. We have a great team of dedicated small group leaders who can help too.

If I can help in any way at all, email me at or call me at the office at 705-721-9090 ext.231. I’d be happy to chat!

Jordan