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CHRI Summer Splash at Camp IAWAH

June 7th, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Events
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The City Harmonic – We Are One

March 1st, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Artist Spotlight, Events

JUNO-Award winner The City Harmonic are in Ottawa on Friday, April 1st!

WHEN: Friday, April 1st, 2016 @ 7:00pm (doors at 6:30)
WHERE: The Life Centre (2214 Innes Rd, Ottawa) MAP
COST: $15 General Admission / $20 at the door (plus applicable tax & service fees.) Available online here or call 1-800-965-9324 (extra fees may apply)

Pajama Drive

November 1st, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Events, World Community
Donate a pair of pajamas for the 2nd Annual Pajama Drive.
CHRI’s Care Baldwin asks for your help keeping kids warm this winter.


Last year Family Radio CHRI partnered with JD Swallow Heating & Cooling to launch a Pajama Drive campaign to collect new warm pajamas for kids in need in our community. Many of us have memories of getting a new pair of flannel PJs on Christmas Eve while so many children in our communities go to bed in flimsy, worn-out pajamas (if that!). There’s something ‘care-free’ about getting home after a long cold day and changing in to a clean cozy pair of PJs.We didn’t see anyone else doing this in the Ottawa and surrounding areas so we decided to lead the charge and ask our amazing CHRI listeners to help.


We quickly saw families and individuals of all ages donating PJs – with JD Swallow matching every donation Pair-for-Pair – and over 2,700 pairs of pajamas were delivered to local and rural food cupboards and shelters and distributed to families in need: families that face difficult challenges such as poverty, addiction, domestic violence and mental health.

By now, children have grown out of their PJs and new families have entered programs for assistance (each month, close to 900,000 Canadians are assisted by food banks, and 38% of those helped are children and youth*). Would you consider picking up a pair of PJs while you’re out Christmas shopping? Phase 1 of the Drive has begun and we’re officially kicking it off with a Launch Party at the Ottawa Family Cinema on Saturday, November 21st. Your admission is a donation of pajamas. (see full event details here) This first phase allows us to include pajamas in Christmas Hampers that go out mid-December.

Please spread the word about this important campaign. It’s not about CHRI or JD Swallow, but it’s about blessing children and making a difference.

Some ideas:
– Get your kids involved and let them pick out a pair for a child their own age.
– Make your church a drop-off location
– Set-up a drop-off box at your workplace and set a collection goal!














The Hellenic community collection over 700 pairs and 12 local law firms participated together donating almost 500!

Every little bit helps so THANK YOU in advance and let’s see if we can double the amount of warm children this winter!!

See you at the Launch Party!

2015 Ottawa Family Cinema - JD Swallow  PJ Party


– Care

Ashley House Shares Her Global Leadership Summit Takeaways

November 1st, 2015 | 1 Comment | Posted in Events

The Global Leadership Summit came to town Thursday, October 22nd & Friday, October 23rd. A world class line-up of speakers were broadcast on the big screen at Community Pentecostal Church, while 400+ leaders from the nation’s capital gathered to learn how to lead well in their workplace, family, church and community. I was excited to once again attend GLS this year, after taking a two year break. I walked away feeling inspired, refreshed and energized to put what I learned into practice.

summit_firstpageThe second thought I had was, everyone can benefit from the Leadership Summit. It doesn’t matter where you work or if you don’t work. The principles and lessons taught are for life. They make you a better communicator and thinker. They will make you stand out from the crowd and allow you to interact better with the general population, not to mention your coworkers and family. Often, not enough attention is given to personal development at work. Businesses are focused on making money and making their business function day to day without thinking about building leaders. I encourage you, yes you, to really consider attending the conference and taking some time to think about how God is calling you to lead (because He is, I promise!). 2016 conference details.

summit_logoFavourite video: take a few moments (8 min to be exact) and watch this video with Warden Burl Cain. My heart was moved to hear the vision and leadership Warden Cain took at Angola Prison for renewal and restoration in one of Americas former most-violent prisons. His powerful story of hearing God and faithfully following has contributed to life change for some of the most broken and hurting men-the inmates of Louisiana State prison.


Quotes to Remember: A Little Nugget to Take with You.

“Grit is passion and perseverance over the long haul.

Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church

”Money is like blood, food, oxygen and water. They are necessary for life, but they are not the point of life.”

Jim Collins, Author

“There are three styles of interaction – Takers, Givers and Matchers. Takers think about every interaction as taking something from others while giving nothing back. Givers enjoy helping others and often do so with no strings attached. Matchers try to keep an even balance of Takers and Givers. Your style is the way you treat most of the people most of the time. It’s your default.”

Adam Grant, Professor, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

“There is a real aura of danger around failure. Problems re-occur because there is a fear of failure. We will fail. We need to make it safe to fail. If you get over the embarrassment of failure, you will become more creative.”

Ed Catmull, Co-founder of Pixar, President of Walt Disney Animation

“As leaders, we can choose comfort or you can choose courage. We can’t choose both. Courage is uncomfortable. That is why it’s rare. The bravest among us will always be the most broken-hearted because we have the courage to love.”

Dr. Brene Brown, Author

“Diverse teams make more effective decisions.”

Sallie Krawcheck, Former President of the Global Wealth & Investment Management Division of Bank of America

“Live not for your resume. Live for your eulogy.”

Albert Tate, Senior Pastor, Fellowship Monrovia

“As leaders we forfeit the right to make excuses.”

Horst Schulze, CEO of Capella Hotel Group

“The fastest way to change the feedback culture in your organization is for the leaders to get better at receiving feedback.”

Sheila Heen, Author

“Longevity is perhaps the greatest thing you can have as a leader.”

Brian Huston, Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church

“One of the most amazing things about Jesus’ leadership is He gave power away.”

Sam Adeyemi, Senior Pastor of DayStar Centre in Nigeria

“When the challenge level goes up, work satisfaction goes up. When the challenge is low, satisfaction at work is low.”

Liz Wiseman, President of The Wiseman Group

”Talent can get you to the top. Only character will keep you there.”

Craig Groeschel, Pastor of

Didn’t make it to the conference? While there is always next year, registration is open. And I promise you won’t regret it. In the meantime, download the free GLSnext app that is full of leadership content. Search GLSnext in the app store.


By Ashley House

Hannah McClure coming to Ottawa on September 8th

July 1st, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Events
Meet Bethel’s Hannah McClure, one of the worship leaders coming to Ottawa on September 8th.
For concert info and tickets, visit chri.cabethel3
Bethel Music has introduced and developed several amazing worship leaders, including Brian and Jenn Johnson, Amanda Cook, Steffany Gretzinger, William Matthews, Matt Stinton and Hunter Thompson. We Will Not Be Shaken released everywhere January 27, featuring eleven original worship songs all beautifully produced for the Church. These songs were written from a place of reflecting on what it means to have unshakable faith in God. The project is intended to lead listeners to that place also.Every song released by Bethel Music completely focuses me as a listener on joining in praise, worship and adoration of Jesus. All of these songs are poignant and powerful with earnest, worshipful lyrics. We Will Not Be Shaken will be one of the top worship albums of the year. It is truly a moving and prayerful worship experience.If you are looking for new worship songs to sing with fellow believers, this album is chock-full of congregational songs, especially the female led worship songs “Ever Be,” “You Don’t Miss a Thing,” “Nearness,” “You Are My One Thing” and “In Over My Head.” I had the chance to speak with Hannah McClure about “You Are My One Thing.”

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

I wrote this song out of a season where the Lord was reminding me of when I first fell in love with Him. I was pregnant at the time, and I was really unsure of what the next season of my life was going to look like with my first baby. That played into me sitting down one day and having devotional time with the Lord. That’s generally me with my acoustic guitar, nothing glamorous but just me worshipping. I started singing this chorus to remind myself that whatever the next season looks like and whatever is going on in my life, as long as I have Jesus, then my life is successful.

Basing my success on being close to Jesus more than anything else is the focus of this song. I had been in a season where the Lord was bringing me back to the time in my life when I was a teenager and my family moved us to this farm in Virginia with 130 acres. We restored this old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere.

It really forced me to get alone with the Lord and fall in love with Him. I’ve known Him my whole life, but I really got close with Him during that time. I would take walks around the property and pray and talk with the Lord. When I started singing “just to be close to You, just to walk to next to You,” I thought about the times I would walk with Him and talk with Him and be close to Him.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Philippians 3:8-9 (NIV): What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.

Psalm 86:12 (VOICE): “O Lord, my God! I praise You with all that I am. I will rightly honor Your great name forever.”

Matthew 6:32-34 (VOICE): Outsiders make themselves frantic over such questions; they don’t realize that your heavenly Father knows exactly what you need. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then all these things will be given to you too. So do not worry about tomorrow. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Living faithfully is a large enough task for today.

Psalm 103:1-5 (MSG): “O my soul, bless God. From head to toe, I’ll bless His holy name! O my soul, bless God, don’t forget a single blessing! He forgives your sins–every one. He heals your diseases—every one. He redeems you from hell and saves your life! He crowns you with love and mercy–a paradise crown. He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal. He renews your youth—you’re always young in His presence.”

What is the takeaway message?

The song talks about how the Lord pursues us and that His love is always present. That’s what I long for in my life more than anything. That Matthew 6 passage about seeking first the Kingdom of God guides me in my life, because if that’s what you are after, God will take care of everything else you need.

That’s what I was after in that season. Not because I had a ton of worry, but because of uncertainty of what my life would look like. It was the Lord reminding me that if I stick close to Him and if I continue to seek Him and put intimacy first, He’ll take care of me. It’s not going to matter what the season looks like. Everything I need will be taken care of, and the desires of my heart will be fulfilled because He holds all of that in His hands and He’s so faithful in everything.

My husband Paul and I loved being part of the Bethel Music project “We Will Not Be Shaken.” Our hearts really connected with the music ministry, and it’s been such a joy to participate in everything. It was a blast to make this album together because we are all friends, and we got to make music with people we love. We all have the same desire. Our same one thing is Jesus.

Your voice ever close You called me
You never gave up pursuing
I fell in love You stole my heart
Your hand ever near I hold to
I long for Your heart to know You
Just to live in Your fellowship

Just to be close to You, Just to walk next to You
This is my one thing You are my one thing
Just to be close to You, Just to walk next to You
This is my one thing You are my one thing

My eyes ever fixed upon You
To live like a child to trust You
I’ll hold on to this treasured love
My life ever set at Your feet
I give You my heart completely
To live this life always by Your side

Just to be close to You, Just to walk next to You
This is my one thing You are my one thing
Just to be close to You, Just to walk next to You
This is my one thing You are my one thing

I have to know You
All that’s within me
Cries out for Your presence, God
Nothing compares
There’s no one else
Jesus You’re my one desire
Nothing compares
There’s no one else
Jesus You’re my one desire
Jesus You’re my one desire

Just to be close to You, Just to walk next to You
This is my one thing You are my one thing
Just to be close to You, Just to walk next to You
This is my one thing You are my one thing

“You Are My One Thing” reflects the yearning for Jesus that I pray for my daughters to feel in their hearts as well. Every song released by Bethel Music completely focuses me as a listener on joining in praise, worship and adoration of our beautiful King Jesus. This song is a modern day psalm singing about Jesus being our one desire and how much He loves us. You can know Jesus personally.

Daily we are presented with the choices of how to use our time, lifestyle choices, pursuit of riches, living for today not knowing what tomorrow has in store for us, questioning our loneliness and looking for meaning. You can take comfort in these words from Philippians 3:8: “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.”

God’s thoughts and love for us are deep, such as cannot be known. We cannot think how many mercies we have received from Him. As the Lord knows us thoroughly, and we are strangers to ourselves, we should earnestly desire and pray to be searched and proved by His Word and Spirit.

One of my daily devotionals in trying to grow in my walk with Jesus is to sing to Him at least one praise song every day. Like Hannah, I suggest we all spend time with the Lord and try praying and singing along with this great song of praise and adoration. I love how this song reminds me to give God “all that’s within me.” This song is a beautiful picture of our hope in Christ. By giving Our Lord all that is within us, by blessing God, we are overwhelmed by God’s love and mercy in return.

I realize that Jesus commands us to trust God’s Word completely no matter our circumstances or personal distractions or concerns. The bridge is my heart’s cry and has an amazing reminder: “I have to know You, All that’s within me, Cries out for Your presence, God, Nothing compares, There’s no one else, Jesus You’re my one desire.” Amen to that!

(Watch Hannah sing the song here.)


Cineplex In the Gallery presents “The Vatican Museums 3D” – October 2nd & 19th Only

October 1st, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Events

For a list of show times near you, click here.An extraordinary voyage of discovery to see the most impressive collection of works of art built
up over two thousand years of history. VATICAN MUSEUMS 3D, a SKY production in collaboration with the Vatican Museums Directorate, for the very first time brings Ultra HD 4K/3D film cameras inside the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, to show the masterpieces in these collections as they have never been seen before.

A unique, spectacular, fascinating event: the history of one of the world’s most famous, renowned museums, the history of us all.

From the masterpieces of classic statues to the Cast of Michelangelo’s Pietà, right up to Fontana’s modern sculptures; from paintings by Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci and Caravaggio to those by Van Gogh, Chagall and Dalì; from the extraordinary frescos in the Rooms of Raphael, such as “The School of Athens” to the spectacular masterpieces by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel such as the “Creation of Adam” and the majestic “Last Judgment”. These are the stages of a unique , emotional journey under the guidance of the Director of the Vatican Museums, Professor Antonio Paolucci, expertly leading us through past, present and future.

Discover Your Love Language

October 1st, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Events, Lifestyle
lovelanguagesClick here to take the FREE Discover Your Love Language Quiz!

New York Times Best Selling Author Dr. Gary Chapman is coming to Ottawa for “The 5 Love Languages Tour: The Secret to Love That Lasts”

WHEN: Thursday, October 30th, 2014 @ 7:30pm

WHERE: The Met Bible Church (2176 Prince of Wales Drive) MAP

COST: $15/advance, $20 Gold Circle (limit to first 100 people, includes front section seating and autograph). Cost goes us $5 at the door. Available online here and at Salem Storehouse.

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