Tennis Anyone?

Tennis fans…true to our promise yesterday at Connexus, we’re giving away two executive suite tickets to the Rogers Cup this Saturday August 14th. Who doesn’t love getting an invitation like this or an opportunity like this?

So here’s how we’re going to give the tickets away:

  • Anyone can win…you don’t have to attend Connexus.  So tell your friends who love tennis about this and get them in on the contest.
  • Contest closes at 4:00 p.m. (EST) tomorrow, Tuesday, August 10th.
  • You enter by posting a comment on this blog post.
  • The staff at Connexus Church will enter all comments into a random draw and select one winner.  (Don’t comment multiple times….one comment per person will get entered).

Here’s what we’d love to hear from you about in your comment (because we love learning):

  • If you attend church, what aspect of what we do (or what your church does) makes it most easy for you to invite a friend?
  • If you don’t attend church, what might help bring you one step closer to attending?

There we go…comment away and enter the draw.  We’ll  announce the winner late tomorrow afternoon!

– Carey

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10 Comments

  1. Tim L. Walker says, August 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Creating and promoting a sense of nonjudgmental and accepting community. If it’s easier to show why YOU are plugged in, it’s a way easier to invite your friends. If you know ahead of time that your friends will be encouraged and accepted, it’s easy to invite them. If you know it will be a difficult experience for them, people are a lot less likely to put their friends through that – even if the end result might be their salvation.

  2. carey says, August 9, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Tim..that’s a great point. We’re hearing about that more and more…that people appreciate the non-judgmental attitude. We have miles to go yet, but I appreciate what you’re saying.

    Thanks!

    PS. This is not an entry…I can’t win! I work for Connexus. :0)

  3. Monica Coniam says, August 9, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    I love the relaxed feel of Connexus. It isn’t your typical church – it is modern, welcoming, fun. Personally, Connexus has changed attending church on a Sunday morning from a “should do” to a “want to do”. There is no assuming that everyone has totally bought in to the whole “God thing” and therefore the message is accessible to people at all stages of their walk with Christ.

  4. Jake Wihlidal says, August 9, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    I personally am am member of the Insideout community and find that even though the pressure of being a Christian teen in a public school rises, Connexus is one of the few churches where I can bring my friends and know that they will feel comfortable in the cool, clean, modern environment. The peer atmosphere at Connexus is astounding and the level of judgement is so low, it is amazing. The church body is friendly and small enough that you always run into someone you know. On Sunday mornings I jump out of bed ready to go to Connexus, and i hope to share that with as many of my friends as I can.
    J. Wihlidal

  5. Gary and Natasha Miller says, August 9, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    We love coming here and would like all of our friends to come. We tell them constantly that they would love it as much as we do for all the reasons listed below. The problem is getting them here, because a lot of people are afraid of “church”. As soon as you walk in the door, you’re put at ease by the environment. Being in the theater, it’s a familiar setting–not everyone goes to church, but everyone goes to the movies. The music is current and the message applies to everyday life, whether you’re Christian or not. It makes you want to become a Christian. Connexus is inviting, much due to the friendly host volunteers as well.

    Though we love tennis, we don’t really need the tickets as we can’t attend this weekend–just wanted to let you know what a great job you’re all doing!

  6. lynn drummond says, August 10, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Much like the comments already made. I think I have peaked many of our friends curriosity about Connexus because I talk openly about attending church. I also talk about the valuable and pratical life lessons. I have to say it….but if it is someone vvho is really anti-church, I tell them about the great music. Non-church friends have shared that they liked the non-judgement, relaxed atmosphere, they also like not being easily identified as sitting in the dark.
    I came to Connexus after hearing Co-vvorkers talk about a church that vvas at a theatre, they talked about the message and they talked about their group, it peaked my curiosity and I thought “I got to check this out, a church in a movie theatre” That vvas over a year ago and I’ve been going ever since.
    VVe keep coming back vveek after vveek because vve love the messages and hovv they apply to today’s lifestyle. Carey is brillant and I could listen for hours.
    The band, all members are incredible. The music moves me to tears at times, both happy and sad.
    Keep up the great vvork. I vvish all my friends vvould come to Connexus.
    Lynn

  7. Jen says, August 10, 2010 at 10:36 am

    This actually is a comment from my brother who has had a rough go lately and has just began attending Connexus. He says that he is greeted by everyone with a smile, feels welcome, and most importantly to him he feels he is not being judged. He is quite comfortable attending Connexus.

    We were brought up in a family that attended church each and every Sunday, no excuse, I know myself it was very difficult to understand the sermons and rituals of this particular denomination and unfortunately we never had any teachings as to why we did what we did. At Connexus, this is all gone and we are left with straight Biblical teaching with ideas and strategies to apply these teachings to our lives today and in the future.

    No frills, lots of fun and real truth. That is what I like about Connexus.

  8. Staney says, August 10, 2010 at 11:05 am

    I have to thank my family first for making it a habit that we go to church every Sunday. What I find most appealing is a sense of relevance and connection between the sermon’s theme and our daily lives, along with the beautiful praise and worship. I’ve invited a lot of friends over as well and I find what motivates them too is a worship session that is “applicable” to their problems faced every day.

    A lot of churches try to bring in more people by providing free snacks, food etc. I don’t believe in that. I think community service, a sense of true sincere passion is required to change those minds that are wary of coming to church.

  9. Thomas says, August 10, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Hi there!

    I’ve never been to Connexus before, but I’d love to come someday! As a kid I used to be a regular attendee at my church but as years have gone by, I’ve found a lot of politics and problems at church have made me paranoid for some reason. However, when I do go to church, I find that the music is what inspires me the most – especially to do my bit for society around me. Also, I love bible study groups that some churches have. Being a youth and having a lot of friends of a similar age (mid-20s), I think a lot of love music and good songs which makes us keep coming back. Even for people who don’t attend church (like a lot of my friends), I think music, skits, a passionate preacher etc will make them interested for sure.

  10. Joey says, August 11, 2010 at 7:31 am

    I know that the draw has already happened (besides, I don’t like baseball – LOL!), but I just have to say – I love the friendly, helpful, welcoming volunteers and staff you find at every corner of Connexus. They generate an incredible atmosphere of excitement, love and grace. I also love the relevant messages and strong focus on everything Jesus.

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