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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 Theatre. Register today!