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It’s April.

How’s that New Year’s Resolution going?  Are you on the right path?  Did your path take a different turn?

There’s something about where we WANT to be and where we ARE that is just disconnected.  But why?

Why – when we have the best intentions of doing something, changing something or moving forward – do we look back and realized we’re closer to where we started than where we want to go?

Think about it.  A year from now, where do you want to be?  Relationally? Financially? Physically?

There’s one thing you need to know.

Find out one thing that makes all the difference this weekend in Barrie.

Barrie Campus

Destinations — Part 1 — The Path Principle | Andy Stanley

Think about the last time you were traveling and got lost. You had your destination in mind. You had every intention of getting there. But you took the wrong path, and you didn’t end up where you wanted to be. A disconnect often occurs between the path you choose and where you want to end up. This is the principle of the path and we’ll discover how it impacts every area of your life.

8.30 and 10.00 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Barrie

Invite your friend to Barrie here.

Orillia Campus

How to be a Hero —  | Carey Nieuwhof

What makes a hero? Better yet…what would make you a hero? We look at what makes a person heroic, and why so many people think about it but so few do it.

8.30 and 10.00 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Orillia

STARTING POINT

Register for Starting Point here.

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to growing in our faith or answering our big questions about God some of us don’t know where to start.  The good news is we made this easier for you!  The answer is Starting Point!

Starting Point is an 8 week small group environment where you can ask your questions honestly and learn more about your place in God’s bigger story. Starting Point is for people who are curious about God, have a new relationship with Jesus Christ, or are returning to church after being away for a while.

Maybe this describes you.

If so, I would like to introduce you to Shannon Cole who attends the Connexus Barrie location with her husband Troi and son Tennyson.  Shannon wanted to find out her role in God’s bigger story and was kind enough to answer some questions about her experience in Starting Point.

What were some of your reservations about joining Starting Point?

My biggest reservations about joining Starting Point were one,  that I was not ‘new’ enough to my faith and two, the time commitment.  I had been a Christian for 5 years, however I still had a lot of questions and wasn’t sure I was ‘doing it right’. Although I had personally made the decision to follow Jesus Christ, I didn’t fully understand what that meant and hoped that Starting Point could help me find answers to the questions I had. 

As for the time commitment, I was going to be a church anyway and after the 8 weeks were over, I wished there were 8 more!

Upon your first group meeting what surprised you?

I was pleasantly surprised with the openness and candidness of both our leaders and group members.  We were all at different points in our faith journey, yet we all had similar questions and were able to ask and discuss in an open and welcoming environment.

I quickly learned there are no wrong answers, or wrong questions for that matter as everyone in our group added valuable incite to our discussions.

What is your favourite thing about Starting Point?

I have 3 favourite things about Starting Point: 

The first is seeing the impact of a question being answered in a way that allows someone to grasp a new concept and understand Jesus and The Bible more fully. 

The second is the opportunity to be a part of a group of people all searching for the same thing, and the warmth and openness Starting Point provides to foster these conversations and relationships.   

The third and most moving for me was watching someone commit their life to Jesus Christ.  There is a power and feeling associated with that moment that cannot be put into words.

How has your life changed since you joined Starting Point?

Since I joined Starting Point I feel much more involved with the church.  There are a lot more familiar faces saying hi on Sunday mornings and it’s become a personal experience, much like my relationship with Jesus Christ.  There is a depth to my faith that was not there prior to Starting Point which has helped me grow on a personal level and has extended into my family and work life as well.

If there was one thing you could say to someone who is contemplating joining what would it be?

Just do it. Take a leap of faith, you’ll be glad you did.

 Thank you Shannon for your honestly and willingness to share! Similarly to Shannon, If you are curious about Christianity or just want to grow in your faith, Starting Point could be one of the greatest decisions you could make.

Take the leap!

The next Starting Point begins April 19 at 10am at the Barrie Galaxy TheatreRegister today!

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Easter.  The most pivotal event in all of human history.

For North Americans it means some extra time off. It means we hear a little bit more about Jesus. And there’s chocolate.

But there is so much more meaning to what happened after that first full moon that followed the vernal equinox.

If you’re searching for more meaning, for the spiritual significance of the season, or for why it’s personal to you, think about these 5 ways to make your Easter more meaningful.

1. Plan to attend and arrive early for Good Friday & Easter Sunday services.

There is a reason people who don’t attend church regularly join us at Easter.  There is something significant about this weekend, and it’s not just because the Bible says so. It’s better than that. So, plan to arrive early, get comfortable and use the margin to reflect on why you’re there.

At Connexus, we have one Good Friday Service at 10:00a & two Easter Sunday Services at 8:30a and 10:00a, held at the Galaxy Cinemas in Barrie and Orillia. Click here for more information.

2. If you are a regular attender, choose to attend the 8:30a service.

When you choose to attend the 8:30a service, it is less crowded and you open up more space for new guests at 10:00a. It’s a thoughtful gift, that simple.

3. Don’t miss Good Friday, we will share communion.

Today, the day before Jesus was crucified, “He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” (Luke 22:19).  If you follow Jesus, we will do this in remembrance of Christ together on Good Friday.  If you are not sure about Jesus, we welcome you to attend our Good Friday service.

4. Read the eye-witness accounts of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Whether you have followed Jesus for years, or you’re undecided about his identity, read the eye-witness accounts of Jesus’ death and resurrection this weekend. Take time to think on this. What does it mean — really mean — if this is true and personal?

Here is a great place to start:

Luke 23 – 24  |  John 19 – 20  |  Matthew 27:11- 28  |  Mark 15 – 16

5. Take personal time to reflect and pray before or after attending.

Easter can fill up with places to go, people to see, family to visit, but if you want more meaning or personal significance to Easter — stop.  Pause.  Find a quiet space.  Talk to God, He’ll listen.  Pray through what’s weighing you down, look to God to fill you up, thank God for His unconditional love not one of us deserves, and imagine yourself at the foot of the cross.

Really, that’s where we all are. At the foot of the cross. At the mercy of Jesus.

 

We hope you will make this Easter more meaningful, more personal.  Because Easter is for you.

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