Barrie Blog Contest

So Sunday we launched the Like Me series at our Barrie Campus (it starts Sunday November 21st in Orillia) all about social media and its impact on faith and relationships.

We also told you about our contest to win a trip to Great Wolf Lodge for you and your family (a $500 gift voucher). The draw is open to anyone who is ‘new' at Connexus during the series.  There is one prize per campus.  Your ballot for the draw is a comment on our blog during the series. Just identify yourself as someone who's new.

We consider ourselves a learning organization, so while we're at it, we'd love to pick your brain about how we can continue to get better at accomplishing our mission and realizing our vision.  Our mission as a community is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, and our vision is trying to create a church that unchurched people love to attend.  Your response to two question would be so appreciated:

  1. What (if anything) made you decide you wanted to come back to Connexus after your first visit (or alternatively, decide you did not want to come back)?
  2. Is there anything we could have done that would have made your first visit a better experience?

Any insight you provide would be so helpful.  But if you simply post your name with a comment that says “We just really want to win the trip”, we'll still enter you.  If you end up posting on another post over the series, don't worry we'll enter you as well.  (We really like families around here).  And make sure you identify your campus.  Next week, we'll do a separate post and open the contest to our Orillia campus.

Anyway, in the meantime, we just thought we might learn something along the way.

So post away.  We're listening.

– Carey



  1. Julie Deroo says, November 21, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Sooooooo…today you said we could post on behalf of the ‘new guys!’
    My sister in law and her family attended for the first time today, and we had a blast!! One of the kids didn’t want to go home!!

    oh, and by the way…



  2. Jo-Anne Kyte says, November 21, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I have been attending Connexus for a few weeks now – I love that every Sunday I learn something new and that I am able to bring to the work I do and to those who are special to me those lessons. In that last couple of weeks I have had the good fortune to have some of those people join me and experience Connexus for themselves. Thank you to Carey and his team for making this a place of not only worship also of learning 😉

  3. Carey Nieuwhof says, November 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Jo-Anne…we have an incredible team that works hard every week. I’m so glad it’s making a difference.

    Thanks Julie and Jo-Anne for your post!

  4. Julie Gunter says, November 22, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Question 1:
    I really enjoyed my first visit to Connexus last Sunday November 21, Barrie location, and I will definitely be coming back next week. I loved the contemporary music worship band, and recognized a song from Life 100.3. I felt the topic of discussion was very applicable to my life, spoken in clearly, and easy to understand. I am very glad I was invited to come!

    Question 2:
    I guess I was overwhelmed with the size of the group at Connexus. I stood by the door waiting for my friend who brought me for 5-10 minutes. The only minor thing that would have made my first visit better would be a welcoming committee reaching out, or members of the congregation saying hello. Once my friend arrived I was introduced to some very friendly and welcoming people. Overall I really loved the experience.

  5. Roselle Carrigan says, November 23, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    My first visit to Connexus was the opening series to Modern Families. I have grown up in the Catholic church & have been away from it for quite some time. I now have children & was looking for a way to teach them about God. It just happened that Reggie was speaking that day & what he said really resonated with me. He said that: “A parent is the most influential part of a child’s life, but a parent is not the only influence a child needs.” So true, especially when it comes to a spiritual relationship with God. So for that reason I chose to return a second time. My 2 little boys age 2 & 4 love Waumba land. They learn & in turn I can listen to the message without interruption! Plus you guys make really good coffee:)
    I was also impressed with the technology, very hip.
    One thing I would improve on is having a welcoming committee to direct new members. It was a very busy morning when I attended & I had to sit in the overflow room, & felt a little disconnected to the group. It would have helped to see a visual of the band playing instead of words on a screen. My second visit was alot better with the whole group.
    My work schedule doesn’t allow me to attend every Sunday, however I have watched the message on line a few times, also a great way to reach out to the community! Great JOB:)

    • Carey Nieuwhof says, November 24, 2010 at 9:31 am


      We are so glad you’re here. So glad you are finding a wider circle of influence for your family at Connexus. That’s a big part of the reason we started the church.

      Love your idea about a more intentional welcome. Two weeks ago, we started showing a visual of the band in overflow…so hopefully the experience is better whether you are in the main theater or overflow now. Let us know whether you think it makes a difference.

      See you soon!

      – Carey

  6. Melanie Wiegand says, November 25, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    My husband Erik and I were first timers at your Barrie church this past Sunday, Nov 21. We currently live in Thornhill, and haven’t yet found a church that really speaks to us, and our friends always talk about how much they love Connexus, so we decided to join them to check it out! First to the band, thank you for providing such uplifting and energizing music. Hearing the band, and the congregation joining in seemed to fill the room with the Spirit. And to Carey: Thank you for engaging our minds in a thought-provoking message. I really appreciated the connections you made between real-life struggles and what God teaches in the Bible. You offered a current perspective on some very old words, making them more accessible. All in all it was a wonderful experience and we look forward to to worshiping with you again sometime.

  7. Carey Nieuwhof says, November 25, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Melanie…thanks for the feedback. I hope you can join us at some point again!

    Have you been to the Meeting House at the cinemas in Yorkdale? We love our friends at the Meeting House.

  8. Mary Flynn says, November 26, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I came to the Barrie campus with my daughter and her family on Nov 21st. They have been coming for over a year now. It was a great expereince. I loved seeing the excitment on my grandson’s faces when they ran to their Sunday School rooms. Thank-you for all you do.

  9. vanessa says, November 28, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    When I woke this morning I hadn’t planned on going to church! A last minute decision made me gather up 4 kids and GO! We are new Barrie and looking for a church to call home, I thought Id just come check it out. I miss my old church and friends have tried others but they just weren’t the same. I thought “a church at a movie theatre, how bad can it be?, if nothing else we can always get popcorn right? ;)” I felt welcomed the minute I walked in. Was happy to have someone escort my kids and I to show me around and even save me a seat so I didn’t have to sit alone. How nice is that?! A small thing but a big deal to me.
    I had a feeling Id enjoy the worship and the was hoping the service was more what I was use to. I was right, both were great, I knew the songs and service was a lot like my old church. What I wasn’t expecting to happen to me this morning was any “wake up calls” At some points I felt that Carey was speaking directly to me! Uh oh! I left knowing that I have a lot to think about and need to make a few changes in my life. I don’t think it was coincidence that I went today, the last day of a series that I defiantly needed to hear! I’m glad I went this morning the kids had fun too. We did stay and shared a giant bag of popcorn! I may just have found what I’m looking for… 🙂

  10. Nancy Head says, November 29, 2010 at 12:49 am


    Today was my first time going to your Barrie Church, or any church for that matter, other than for weddings or baptisms. My family was never religious so i never felt the need to go. My life has been very hard, to say the least. I’ve been down every road you could think of and they all ended in pain and loneliness. I wasn’t always spiritual, but always felt there was something missing in my life and tried fruitlessly to fill that space. A few years ago I realized that my negative attitude was affecting, well, every aspect of my life and began doing some research and came to the conclusion that there was something, some kind of higher power at work.This year I became good friends with a member of your church and they mentioned you and it’s description was appealing so I decided to go. I figured, it couldn’t hurt, i ‘d tried everything else. I was impressed and overwhelmed by the amount of people, but not just that. It was the love and acceptance that seemed to emanate from them and fill the room. It was somewhat difficult to sing the songs at times as I was brought to tears by them. What also helped in my decision is the fact that I have 2 children, one of which is a 14 year old boy who is having a hard time at school and rebelling at home and feel he needs some extra guidance and good influence in his life. I described my experience today and he is willing to join us next week. Looking forward to it.

    I would not have changed anything. My experience was very uplifting. Thank you soo much!! I will definitely recommend your church to others.

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