You Are Here - Begins Sunday!

Ever feel lost?

In day to day life, it’s easily solved. We can usually find a map with a little “you are here” dot. Most smartphones come loaded with GPS. Our world is full of maps and signs.

But what about emotionally? Spiritually?

What do you do when you feel like you just don’t know where you are, or how to get to where you want to be?

This Sunday in Barrie and next Sunday in Orillia we start a brand new series of messages called “You Are Here”. We’ll look at an interesting parable of Jesus where he lays out a clear but unusual, and sometimes frustrating road map. We’ll discover that where you are today doesn’t have to be where you are tomorrow.

Also – here’s two quick things to remember for this week:

  • Don’t forget to bring your food this sunday for our Be Rich food drive. The goal is 3 pounds per person, and it will go directly to our local food banks.
  • Plan to come out next Tuesday night (November 25th) for our Bold FInale. As we conclude our Bold campaign, we’re going to celebrate the stories God has written and those yet to come! &pm, November 25th at the Orillia Opera House!
It’s a great sunday to bring a friend! We’ll see you Sunday!

Barrie Campus

You Are Here – Part 1 – The Most Frustrating Story Of Jesus…. Ever. | Carey Nieuwhof

Sometimes Jesus teachings just don’t seem to make any sense. And yes, preachers can say that. We’ll look at one that is perplexing and frustrating but ultimately can give you hope. In the process, we’ll look at why where you are doesn’t need to be where you end up.

8.30 and 10.00 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Barrie

Invite your friend to Barrie here.

Orillia Campus

Future Family – Part 6 – The Echo | Andy Stanley

Raising children is one of the biggest challenges in life. It requires all of our strengths and talents. It makes us keenly aware of our weaknesses. In this message, Andy and Sandra Stanley tell you everything they know about parenting. This isn’t everything there is to know, just what they know.

8.30 and 10.00 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Orillia

Invite your friend to Orillia here.

 

Future Family Continues

We all leave a legacy, each one of us.

We just have to look to our parents and grandparents to know that’s true – both for better, and for worse.

The legacy we leave for our kids and beyond has the power to empower them, or hinder them. We all want the best for our families, but how do we make sure we don’t just support them in the moment, but leave a legacy that carries them into the future?

What if it isn’t just about our parenting strategy, our morals, or our ideals? What if our legacy is much more granular than that?

What if each and every moment and action contribute to our legacy? Would you ask different questions, live differently, challenge yourself?

This weekend in Barrie and next weekend in Orillia we ask those questions and more as we wrap our series “Future Family”.

Barrie Campus

Future Family – Part 6 – Our Way, A Way | Andy Stanley and Sandra Stanley

When it comes to family, actions speak louder than words – they echo into the next generation. Your children and grandchildren may forget what you say, but they’ll never forget what you do.

8.30 and 10.00 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Barrie

Invite your friend to Barrie here.

Orillia Campus

Future Family – Part 5 – Our Way, A Way | Andy Stanley and Sandra Stanley

Raising children is one of the biggest challenges in life. It requires all of our strengths and talents. It makes us keenly aware of our weaknesses. In this message, Andy and Sandra Stanley tell you everything they know about parenting. This isn’t everything there is to know, just what they know.

8.30 and 10.00 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Orillia

Invite your friend to Orillia here.

 

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We Have Exciting News!

We Are Moving!

I am so excited to share with you that we have been working diligently to create a NEW irresistible environment for high school students in Orillia on a Sunday night. We believe that an irresistible environment plays an important role for students to develop a relationship with a small group leader, and to foster relationships with peers moving in the same positive spiritual direction. With that in mind, I am excited to announce …

We are MOVING the location of the weekly InsideOut environment to:

THE SALVATION ARMY IN ORILLIA
157 Coldwater Rd W, Orillia, ON

You can click on the address for a map.

We are making this exciting move for a few reasons.

This venue is going to mean great things for both our students and leaders.
  • It will give each one of our small groups a dedicated space that is private and separate from the large group space.
  • It creates an increased opportunity for students to invite their friends, as the spaces are larger to accommodate more students.
  • It will give us a full gym for any fun, exciting activity we can imagine.

We are so excited for all that God will do in the hearts and lives of our leaders and students with this new opportunity.  We are praying that many students would choose to follow Jesus as result of this move; will you pray with us?

Thanks,

Jordan

Andy and Sandra Stanley

Thrughout our Future Family series, we’ve heard all about family from Andy Stanley.

The teaching has been helpful and practical… but this Sunday in Barrie, and next weekend in Orillia, we’re about to get really practical.

Andy isn’t just a great communicator, he also plays another key role in his life.

A dad.

Andy and his wife Sandra have raised 3 kids of their own, and this week they’re going to download everything they know during our services.

They’ll be the first to admit their way may not necessarily be the best way, but they’ve learned a lot as parents and they couldn’t wait to empty their cups and share what they’ve learned.

Don’t miss this Sunday for some of the most down to earth, practical, and helpful content you’ve heard on parenting.

This weekend it gets real, and we can’t wait for you to join us!

Barrie Campus

Future Family – Part 4 – Our Way, A Way | Andy Stanley and Sandra Stanley

Raising children is one of the biggest challenges in life. It requires all of our strengths and talents. It makes us keenly aware of our weaknesses. In this message, Andy and Sandra Stanley tell you everything they know about parenting. This isn’t everything there is to know, just what they know.

8.30 and 10.00 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Barrie

Invite your friend to Barrie here.

Orillia Campus

Future Family – Part 4 –All The Fixin’s | Andy Stanley

All children – that’s you and me – long for the approval of their parents . . . especially their fathers. It’s a longing that never goes away. It gets buried or transferred to other relationships, but it’s there. And we underestimate its power. Every parent wants to be approved by his or her child – to be a hero, to hear, “when I grow up I want to be just like you.” As that desire grows, so does a parent’s insecurity.

Buried beneath the hurt, disappointment, distance, or silence is a desire to be connected to our children and our fathers. It lasts a lifetime.

8.30 and 10.00 am | Galaxy Cinemas, Orillia

Invite your friend to Orillia here.

 

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Don’t you love the fall time change? An extra hour in our day is awesome! What are you going to do with it?

This weekend at Connexus in our Be Rich giving and serving project, we’ve got a great challenge for you.  Will you GIVE your hour to someone who needs it?

This young couple tells you why they love participating in Be Rich, and why they think you will too!

image003Kyle and Rebekah Morton have been coming to Connexus for almost 8 years. Before they met, Kyle first threw himself into leading a small group at youth, and Rebekah started serving in Upstreet and Waumbaland with children’s small groups.

Ever since they were kids, their families instilled the value of helping and serving others. Whether it was cooking and baking for the new neighbour down the street, shovelling drive-ways for those who couldn’t, or helping the family around the house, serving each other was important.

As they grew older their parents also introduced the value of giving to those who are less fortunate. Each of their families sponsored a child, and now they sponsor their own. Every year, their families were excited to pack up a shoebox full of their favourite items to kids across the world. Both Kyle and Rebekah felt like their heart was being shipped along with the presents.

Now that they’re newly married, they talk about how they can continue serving in the community and share the resources God has blessed them with.

So – how did they participate in Be Rich last year – and what did they think about it?

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Last winter they rang the Salvation Army bells all over Orillia.

“We had fun in the cold because the people giving felt great about their piece of “change” they were lovingly giving as well. Those smiles made our smiles even brighter.”

Here’s why they loved serving within the Be Rich project:

“This incredible project allows for us to remember that God is extravagantly generous to us, shouldn’t we be compelled to do the same? Once we decide to help others, to get out of the “self” we find ourselves living in, we find our souls being filled with the joy and gratitude maybe even more than those benefiting from our givings. We can be a shining light to others! And in return our hearts get filled overwhelmingly with gratitude from God.”

And they urge you to participate in Be Rich too!

“We want everyone who can to participate! It is so beneficial in so many ways! You can GIVE, you can SERVE and you can assist in the food drive. Where do you think you would shine? Kyle and I look forward to this project. Connexus is dedicated to helping others in our community who are less fortunate and we want to be of service to these causes that need us. God is a good God, and He is giving us an opportunity to make a difference and build relationships. Take the leap! Join us in Be Rich this year and give in ways you could flourish!”

Stories like Kyle and Rebekah’s inspire us – to give, to serve and to love others well.

So, will you be part of Be Rich project this year?

Find out what SERVING opportunities there are for you in your city – or create your very own service projects – just CLICK HERE.