11138149 1092286887451490 8549704148161214433 n

How many questions are you being asked today?

How many decisions are you making today?

What questions are on your mind about the future?

How do you define wisdom? Can you really “seek, treasure, tune your ear to, and call out for” wisdom?

Wisdom is defined as knowledge of what is true and right, combined with just judgement as to action.

What if there was one question that is — quite possibly — the best question ever when it comes to life choices?  Would you ask it?

Barrie Location

Ask It — Part 1 — Question Everything | Andy Stanley

Every day brings new questions. 

Should I stay? Should I go? Buy it? Sell it? Start it? Stop it?

Did you know there’s a question that makes it easy to determine the answer to all the other questions? It’s true.  All you have to do is ask it!

9.00 and 10.30 am | 20 Mills Road, Barrie

 

Orillia Location

Pursue[d] — Part 5 — When in Doubt… Remember This | Carey Nieuwhof

When we pray, we mostly want God to change our circumstances: change this, change that, change them, change me. But real prayer will help you discover that God is not only bigger than your circumstances, he’s better than your circumstances.

9.00 and 10.30 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Orillia

 

5 keys to childlike faithBy Jeff Brodie

Want to have an incredible impact on who your child grows up to become? Want to see them have a meaningful spiritual life that shapes who they are? One of the most powerful things you can do is to pray with them for 5 minutes a day.

Now, for many people prayer can be intimidating and praying out loud can be even more intimidating. So praying with your child at any age, from toddler to teenager, can seem daunting to some. Before you choose to opt out on this one, there is a powerful opportunity here that I don’t want you to miss. Consider the following:

1. Your Rhythm Becomes Your Reality

90% of the impact is in the act of prayer, not in what you pray

Looking at your own family life growing up, you’ll notice patterns. Maybe you always listened to music at home, maybe you all cheered for a hockey team, maybe you always took a family vacation to the same spot, maybe you always respected your grandparents – these things shape who you are today. Your family rhythm became your reality.

Prayer is the same. Your child won’t remember 90% of what you pray, but the rhythm of regular prayer with you, even for 5 minutes, will shape who they become. Don’t worry about what you pray, it’s prioritizing the act of prayer that will speak volumes.

2. Prayer Shows Your Kids That You Are On Their Side

Prayer communicates to your child that you value them and your Heavenly Father

Prayer helps you fight for the heart of your child. No matter how difficult things may be in your relationship with your child, praying for them shows them that you are on their side. Thanking God for them shows them that you think they have incredible value. Praying good things for your child communicates that you think they are important, regardless of how bad you’ve messed up.

3. Personal Prayer Models Real Conversation

Authentic prayer creates a safe place for honesty

If you model honest conversation with your Heavenly Father, you are modelling that your child can be honest with their earthly parent. Obviously you want to communicate honestly with God in a way that your child can understand. But if you want your kids to be authentic people of faith, model it in how you pray. It’s amazing how many kids open up with their parent after their parent prays authentically in front of them.

4. Prayer Opens A Window Into Your Child’s Future

Praying with your child will change the way that you see your child

We all have tough days as parents. Some days we feel like we’ve blown it as a parent, other days we think our child is blowing it as a person. Praying for your child forces you to think about who you want them to become. It forces you to imagine the end, who you want them to become and focus your prayer and priorities on what matters the most.

It may be awkward to start, but our most awkward moments are often our most powerful. No matter how intimidating, not matter what the age. Take a moment to pray with your child. It’s 5 minutes that will echo into who they become.

girl in the park

By Jeff Brodie, Executive Director and Orillia Campus Pastor

It’s an exciting time at our church as we move into a new era. A refreshed Orillia campus, and a new central facility in Barrie, has put our community at the starting line for our best years yet! In many churches, renovating and building often leads to running more and more programs mid-week. In fact, in some places, church programming can keep your family running all week.

One of my favourite things about our church is that we aren’t program driven, we are people driven. We are not focused on running fifty church ministries, but running alongside unchurched friends and family as we discover the story God is writing in their lives. 

The best example of this is the fact that the only regular mid-week ministry we run at Connexus is our Community Groups. This is an intentional choice; as we think it’s critical that everyone who attends Connexus is also out in our communities meeting new friends, hanging out with our neighbours, and spending time with people who may think differently. It’s only by doing this that we can find out the story God is writing in peoples’ lives. It’s only by doing this that we can live out our faith by loving and serving the people around us.

One of the biggest traps you can fall into is to become more concerned about growing your faith than sharing it.

The truth is that your faith grows most when you share it with others.

As you get involved in your community, and share in peoples’ stories, you really are the Church. And when those people have questions about faith, need care, need community, or need support as a parent, we’ve created irresistible environments for them on a Sunday. All you need to do is invite them.

So how do you meet new people in your community? The following are a few ideas:

Join a gym or sport

This can be a lot of fun, it’s great exercise, and many life changing stories we hear at Connexus started with a conversation at the gym. Squash ladders, rec league soccer, baseball, ultimate frisbee, pick up hockey and golf are just a few great things to jump in on this summer.

Be on the sidelines

If your kids are involved in sports, music, or arts, there are always opportunities to take initiative and meet parents. Don’t isolate, but initiate. The same could be said for getting involved in your child’s school.

Join a public playgroup 

Often parents of young children will join a playgroup hosted by a church, or at someone’s home. Or maybe they only do playdates with the same friends. Getting into a public playgroup within your city allows you to meet some new moms and dads.

Be “that family” in your neighbourhood

You know “that family”? The ones on the street who always have kids over, host BBQs, have road hockey nets, play outside or have a lemonade stand. Maybe God wants you to be “that family” for your neighbourhood?

Let’s all look for the opportunity to build relationships and share our lives with the people in our neighbourhood, on the sidelines, or in the community as we get a glimpse into the story God is writing in peoples’ lives. Perhaps we’re one invitation away from seeing people discover who Jesus is for the first time?

- Jeff

web 6099

We LOVE families at Connexus.

That’s why we were so excited to introduce new service times last month of 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at both locations (we said goodbye to 8:30 and 10:00 a.m.). You can catch some pics and highlights from our campus grand openings here.

A few weeks into the change we’re super excited by what we’re seeing. Families are loving the new 9 a.m. service time. In fact, most Sundays, there are even a few more people at the 9 a.m. service now than the 10:30, which is great.

It gives us room to grow at both services and both service times are easy to bring friends to (as opposed to 8;30…which was a stretch for most people).

Here’s an Easy Advantage You Can Give Your Kids

The #1 thing to keep in mind as families is that attending the same service every Sunday gives your kids an advantage.

Why? Because although the experience is the SAME for adults at both services, the only way your child gets the SAME small group leader each week is if they attend the SAME service each week.

While Transit, our student environment for kids in grades 6-8 is only offered at the 9 a.m. service, our preschool environment (Waumba Land) and our elementary environment (UpStreet) are offered at both services each week. So we encourage parents to pick either the 9 or 10:30 service and attend that same service time each week.  That gives your child the same small group leaders week in and week out.

We think having the same small group leader is critical for a few reasons:

  1. We don’t do babysitting…we invest in your kids. Small group leaders take the time to know your child and even to pray for them during the week.
  2. We are committed to having another voice saying the same thing a loving parent would say in each child’s life…and your child will listen most to a leader they know well.
  3. Your child will develop friendships with the other kids in his or her group if they attend the same group each week. As you know, your kids friends help shape the quality and direction of their lives.
  4. As a parent, you’ll get to know your kids’ small group leader. What parent doesn’t want someone else in their corner?

So we’re super encouraged about the service time changes. So why not pick a service and consistently attend the same one each week?

The biggest beneficiaries will be your kids.

And by the way, the series on prayer continues this weekend.

Can’t wait to preach…so join us and bring a friend!

Here’s what’s happening.

Barrie Location

Pursue[d] — Part 3 — Shopping List | Carey Nieuwhof

Often when we go to God in prayer, we show up with a list of all the things we’d like God to do. Not only does Jesus show us how to handle that list, he shows us another couple of other lists we often neglect.

9.00 and 10.30 am | 20 Mills Road, Barrie

 

Orillia Location

Pursue[d] — Part 2 — (My) Thy Kingdom Come | Carey Nieuwhof

Prayer is often a battle between two kingdoms—yours and God’s. And let’s be honest, it’s hard to focus on God’s Kingdom when your life is filled with problems. Jesus shows us a practical way to put God’s kingdom ahead of ours every time we pray.

 9.00 and 10.30 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Orillia

See you Sunday. It’s going to be incredible!

- Carey

11337017 1074965245850321 2609937553538681095 o

Why This Sunday is More Important Than Our Grand Opening

We have just come through one of the best seasons ever at Connexus church.

We relaunched our Orillia location with some amazing upgrades, and last weekend we opened our Mills Road facility. As you may have heard, over 1500 people attended Connexus last weekend…the highest Sunday attendance we’ve ever seen. And so many were people who don’t regularly attend church.

But as AWESOME as all of that is…THIS weekend is even more important than last weekend.

Why?

Because all the changes in the last month have a single purpose: to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus. That mission has just got started at a whole new level.

So this weekend, we’ll continue the stories that God started writing over the last month and some that he’s been writing for a few years.

PLUS, not everyone made it out last weekend. Some of you invited friends only to have them not be able to make it. We will see new people who intended to make it to the Grand Re-Opening in Orillia or the Grand Opening in Barrie every Sunday for months to come.

All of which makes this Sunday more important than last Sunday.

So…who are you praying for? Who are you inviting?

All of this is just beginning. :)

Here’s what’s up this weekend at our locations.

Barrie Location

View More http chuppphotography.pass.us connexus

Pursue[d] — Part 2 — My Thy Kingdom Come | Carey Nieuwhof

Prayer is often a battle between two kingdoms—yours and God’s. And let’s be honest, it’s hard to focus on God’s Kingdom when your life is filled with problems. Jesus shows us a practical way to put God’s kingdom ahead of ours every time we pray.

9.00 and 10.30 am | 20 Mills Road, Barrie

 

Orillia Location

View More http chuppphotography.pass.us connexus

Pursue[d] — Part 1 — Just Push Pray | Carey Nieuwhof

So what’s the purpose of prayer? Is it to get God to do what we want him to do? Or is it something else? Many people see prayer as a button to be pushed…but what if it’s so much more than that?

9.00 and 10.30 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Orillia

See you Sunday. It’s going to be incredible!

- Carey