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The Unexpected Upside of Joining an Online Group

Written by Lisa Craig, a volunteer Group Leader at Connexus Church. Before we joined our first Small Group, my husband and I attended Connexus for many years. We had volunteered on and off, but mostly, we were driving a half-hour to church on Sunday, enjoying the sermon, and going home. It felt very disconnected, and…

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How You Can Connect and Grow In A Disconnected 2022

Well, 2022 feels a bit like deja vu in some ways: case counts, uncertainty, restrictions—lots of unknown and even isolation. So what are you going to do differently the second time around? I mean intentionally.  It’s so easy to let seasons like this happen to you rather than be proactive. Netflix calls, scrolling happens, the…

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3 Fun Ways to be FOR Your Neighbourhood This Halloween

There’s no doubt that this Halloween will look a little different than it has in years past. But as you see more and more of our regular activities return to schedules, it’s exciting to think about the opportunities to connect with our neighbours in unique and meaningful ways. This year, given the uniqueness of the…

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Orillia Relaunching! Our Movie Theatre Experience

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We’re relaunching our in-person experience in Orillia this fall. It’s going to be great to have an in-person opportunity to invite friends and connect in community in the Orillia area. This relaunch season will have a few bumps as we get our legs under us, but it’s exciting to be moving ahead. We’re looking forward…

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4 Things To Say To Your Kids In the First Month of School

Getting ready for back to school in a typical year often brings up all kinds of emotions, and you know this isn’t a typical year.  It brings up emotions not just for you but for your kids … and often they’re big emotions too! As a parent, it can be hard to know how to…

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Want to Hear From God? (Try This)

man listening to God's voice in solitude

One of the greatest challenges people have (not just Christians … pretty much everybody) is how to hear from God. What if you only hear silence? And even if you sense something, how do you know it’s actually God? There are different ways that people hear from God, but chief among them is through scripture.…

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How Do You Respond When Injustice and Racism Seem Overwhelming?

You’ve likely followed the recent news story of the remains of 215 Indigenous children found at a former residential school in Kamloops, BC.  This week I spent a few minutes reflecting at the temporary memorial in downtown Barrie. It was moving to see family after family from our community come with their arms around each…

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How You Find Meaning In Your Job

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On a great day, your job can be uplifting.  On a hard day, it can feel discouraging.  On a routine day, it can feel mundane. But how do you insert more meaning into your workday, regardless of the situation? When you look at scripture, you can see a God who wants your work to bring…

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The Secret To Staying Encouraged

Over 20 years of ministry, I’ve observed a few trends in people. One of the most glaring ones is this… Rarely do people feel over-encouraged. Think about yourself. How often would you say to yourself, “I just don’t think I could take any more encouragement. I’ve just had too much!” …Never. Why do you, and…

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5 Secrets To Having A Positive Hard Conversation

Hard conversations are an essential part of your life. To lead well at work, see your friendships grow, parent well, or build a healthy relationship, you have to figure out how to have them. But they aren’t easy, are they? I was speaking with a leader this week who asked me, “Jeff, how do I…

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