A look at our working timeline . . . (Part 2 of 2)

Time flies. It’s up to you to navigate. – Robert Orben

I was with a new friend today and he asked "Do you really think that we won't be able to ‘keep' the building on Line 7?'  My reply was that I didn't know.  The ministry that we are building here in many ways transcends bricks and mortar.  We aren't inviting people into a building but into an active and vibrant faith in Jesus.  In other tangible ways the physical environments we craft are important tools for us as we invite people into this relationship.  There is no doubt that there would be some great strategic reasons for us to remain in the building and continue to use it as a great tool.  I have confidence whether we end up in or out of the building that God will continue to use this community of people to reach out to individuals all around us from a wide variety of spiritual backgrounds!

Today we are going to look at what the transition timeline could look like if we are able to indeed secure the Line 7 building.  Again – this is your fair warning – lots of details ahead!

Option B – Staying at Line 7

LATE BREAKING! – Monday October 1st            
Meeting with Interim Moderator. The PCC has called a meeting for Monday night for those people who people who want to remain in a Presbyterian Church in Oro after October 31st.  We encourage you to attend this event if you believe that this option would be the best thing for your spiritual growth.  You can read more about this meeting on the Trinity website. 

Tuesday October 2nd            
Meeting with Presbytery Leadership. This meeting of a smaller subteam is an important step as it helps us to continue the open and positive conversation that we have had with our local leadership in the Presbyterian Church of Canada.

Tuesday October 9th
Full Presbytery Meeting. We're looking forward to what the entire local body has to say this evening.  So many of the people on this team are serving with good hearts. We anticipate hearing about our next steps as a community coming out of this meeting.

Saturday October 20th
Barrie Information Meeting | 10 am | Barrie Galaxy CineplexEven if we are able to purchase the building back from the PCC we are still going to be hosting these information meetings off site.  At that point the building will still belong to the PCC and we don't believe that hosting a meeting about this new ministry at the Line 7 facility is the right thing to do.

Saturday October 27th

Orillia Information Meeting | 10 am | Orillia Galaxy Cineplex.  We won't be able to host children's programming at these information meetings.  We are simply renting one of the theatres as a space to meet in.  Ahh the smell of popcorn in the air!

Sunday October 28th

Final Service as Trinity Community Church.  Our Service
Programming Team has already begun pulling together some special
elements for this Sunday.  This promises to be a fantastic Sunday.

November 1st – 15th

Volunteer "Thank You" Parties.  Have you taken time to thank the people who make your church reality?  We don't think we've done enough of this.  So we want to start out the new ministry by saying "thank you" to those people who have come with us to help build the kind of church we can invite our friends to.

November 1st – 25th

Facility Retrofitting and Renovation. We are going to be doing a series of renovations at Line 7.  These will include things like improving some of children's environments, reworking our foyer to make it a little more welcoming, and a few other great surprises.  There will be an opportunity for you to drop by and help with the renovations – it will be an "all hands on deck" couple weeks.

Sunday November 4th

Open House Sunday.  We won't be hosting public services this
Sunday but we'll be encouraging our Community Groups to meet instead.
Some of the groups will be "open" that Sunday for you to drop in on.
This will be a chance for people who aren't in a Community Group to get
a taste of what a Community Group experience is like!

Sunday November 18th & 25th
Soft Launch Sundays. We will have preview services planned for two Sundays in November.  The building will still have some work being done on it but we'll be able to invite people back for "normal" services.  (Is anything really ever "normal" around here?)  However, we will still have some of the work that won't be completed so we're asking you to no invite your friends until we officially "relaunch" in December.

Sunday December 2nd
Grand Opening of Connexus Community Church on Line 7! This is the Sunday to invite your
friends to!  "Firsts only happen once."  We will be back open to the public with all of our Sunday morning environments opening.  Carey has a fantastic series that he has done some initial work on – we're sure you're going to want to invite your friends to kick off of this series.  Let's being thinking about who we can invite even now!  We do anticipate also doing some marketing around the launch of the new ministry that will help to reintroduce us to the communities that we serve.

Monday December 24th

Christmas Eve Services. Don't forget to come to our special Christmas Eve services.  You know to that these are a real highlight in our calendar year.  We would host a series of evening services on Christmas Eve to accommodate our friends and family. 

Sunday January 5th

KidStuf Relaunch. Our KidStuf crew will be back at their usual
craziness with the relaunch of our KidStuf environment for families of
kids in grade one through five.  We'll be back into the "first
Saturday of the month" routine once we relaunch this environment.

So there it is . . . either timeline has lots of room for each of us to jump and get involved!  This fall is going to require each and everyone of us to invest our heart into building a church that our friends would love to come to. 

I love Paul's encouragement to the group of believers in the ancient city of Corinth: "My dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless." (1 Cor. 15:58)  We are indeed heading into one of those seasons as a church where we need to work diligently because we believe that crafting a church that helps people grow closer to God, in deeper relationship with other Christ followers and cares for people who don't follow Jesus is the sort of work that God honours.  I really don't think either Option A or Option B represents an "easier path".  They both are going to require us putting the needs of others ahead of our own needs.  Both options are going to require us to give our best and let God do the rest.  I am excited to see where the next few months take us all – it's going to be a great adventure together!

Do you have questions about the timeline?  What can we attempt to clarify for you?

Rich Birch
Executive Director of Operations
Connexus Community Church



  1. Tim L. Walker says, September 28, 2007 at 10:14 am

    Thanks for all the great, detailed information, Rich! What about Sunday, November 11th?

  2. John Welles says, September 28, 2007 at 10:43 am

    Due to the colours now associated with 'Connexus', should we expect to see Howard Hampton's photo on this page in the near future?

  3. Rich Birch says, September 28, 2007 at 11:02 am

    Tim – At this point we aren't planning on hosting a service on the 11th. Spend some time with your family that day!

    John – you make me laugh! I guess it could also be associated with Zehrs, or Home Depot, or even Tropicana!

  4. Carey Nieuwhof says, September 28, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    John — the orange thing caught us off guard too. Someone told me the NDP logo was "Go Orange"! While we harbour nothing against Mr. Hampton, we've got nothing to do with him. Maybe we could become the official website of Tang, though. 🙂

    Actually, the orange has some very specific meaning, and in the next week or so we're going to get you to sample some candidates for the official Connexus logo. The chair and font we're using now is temporary. At that time, we'll also explain why we've gone Orange. While Howard Hampton might be disappointed, it has nothing to do with him…

  5. Tim L. Walker says, September 28, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    Maybe on the 11th we could do something as a community – low key… like a walk or something?

  6. Carey Nieuwhof says, September 28, 2007 at 12:51 pm

    Tim — great idea. We haven't made any final decision on that stuff yet, but I was thinking some kind of gathering to pray or to somehow engage our mission. I like your idea…

  7. Joanne says, September 28, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    I love how Rich in this posting (and the entire leadership team in general) is encouraging people to go where is best for their own spiritual growth regarding Trinity and Connexus. I love the respect for different opinions, the trust in God, and the sheer grace in that. Personally, I am so excited and thrilled about the unfolding of Connexus, but I totally respect others who feel differently. I hope we can all show such grace to one another: Jesus' kind of grace!


    p.s. there is probably somewhere closer to Oro that I'm not aware of, but for the November 11th Sunday (great idea to suggest a walk!) perhaps Springwater Provincial Park in Midhurt would be possible. It is about 8 kms west of the Georgian Mall in Barrie, has hiking trails, a children's park, and picnic shelters you can book. It would probably be too cold by then though for that… oh well maybe next summer!

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