This Weekend @ Connexus | December 5th, 2010

This week in Barrie we announce our winner for the “Great Wolf Lodge Trip” and next week we will announce our winner in Orillia. So Orillia make sure that the friend you invited posted on the blog or else they wont get their name in the draw!!!

Gifts that Keep on Giving

This week in Barrie we are switching gears and talking about “Gifts that Keep on Giving” and in Orillia we are finishing up our Like Me series.

Also Happy Birthday Connexus!!!! This Sunday and Next in Orillia mark the 3 year anniversary of the start of Connexus at the Galaxy!! Check out this blog for some amazing stories being written at Connexus over those 3 years!

Here's what's up:


Gifts that Keep on Giving (Carey Nieuwhof)

Most of us want to make a difference with our lives. Many of us want to get closer to God. But how? This week, we’ll look at an investment all of us can make but most of us resist.  Instead of focusing on what we don’t have, refocusing on what we do have can not only change our lives, but the lives of thousands of people.

Service Times: 8:30 -9:40am & 10:00-11:10am | Galaxy Cinema 72 Commerce Park Drive Barrie


Like Me | Week Three: Going All the Way (Carey Nieuwhof)

What does it take to find true intimacy? Are there limits to how deeply you can build relationships online? What are the hallmarks of an authentic relationship? This week, we’ll look at online sex, online love and online relationships and their impact on true intimacy.

Service Times: 8:30–9:40am & 10:00-11:10am | Galaxy Cinema 865 West Ridge Blvd. Orillia



  1. Glen Stewart says, December 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Found it very invigourating and stimulating. It changed my opinion of your church in a positive way.

    • Carey Nieuwhof says, December 6, 2010 at 6:09 pm

      Glad to hear it Glen. Thanks! It’s our suspicion that there are many people who are interested in Jesus…they just aren’t sure the church can help. So glad you came!

  2. Shea Martin says, December 5, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Hello! I was invited by my room mate to this weekend’s service in Orillia. I would like to say thank you to the church members for all being so kind and friendly to me during my first time to the church and making me feel so welcome. I would also like to thank the church for the gift certificate! I am a student living away from home here in Orillia, so I don’t see my family as much as I might like to. Now, when they come pick me up for Christmas I will be able to take them out for dinner to catch up. Thank you all so much, and have a wonderful Christmas everyone!

    • Carey Nieuwhof says, December 6, 2010 at 6:08 pm

      Shea…what a great story…welcome to Connexus. Enjoy the gift card. How awesome that you are sharing it with your parents. That’s great. We purchased them in the hopes that people would use them to nurture great relationships with friends and family.

  3. Yvonne says, December 6, 2010 at 10:38 am

    About a month ago my 13 year old son asked if he could have a school friend sleep over on a Saturday night. I was hesitant because the next day was Sunday and I was slotted to volunteer in Waumba. My son had an answer for that. His friend would come to church with us. I was shocked at that. I didn’t think this kid came from a church going background but said OK. He came and after experiencing Xtreme declared that “it was a blast”. That led to another Saturday night sleepover and another visit to Connexus. That in turn opened up conversation with the boy’s father. Turns out he had gone to church in the past and was seeking to get back into it but didn’t really know where to go. I gave him some of the details about Connexus, mostly via Facebook, and left it at that. Imagine my surprise when my son’s friend walked into the Orillia Galaxy Theatre with his dad on yesterday (Sunday) morning. Not only that, my son’s friend had invited another 13 year-old boy to come as well. They all had a great time. I would have never thought to invite this kid or his father. To me, they just didn’t seem like the types that would be interested in God or church. I was wrong. I think they’ll be back. They didn’t even want the $50 gift card or to enter the contest. That wasn’t what it was about for them. I’m writing this to let “church people” like me know that people “out there” might be more interested in what is happening at Connexus than we might think. It certainly was an eye-opener for me.

    • Carey Nieuwhof says, December 6, 2010 at 6:06 pm

      An incredible story Yvonne…thank you so much for sharing. Our daily prayer is that God would use what we do to lead people into a growing relationship with Christ. To see this happen in your son’s life, his friend’s life and his friend’s family’s life is amazing. Thank you! And I love the part about them not wanting the gift card or the contest. So cool!

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