Aurora is a non-denominational community church in the North End of Halifax. We are nurturing into existence a spiritual home centred on Jesus for people in the North End that is community minded and justice oriented.
"a non-denominational community church"
From the beginning we have not wanted to identify ourselves denominationally; we appreciate our partners and we could not exist without them but first and foremost we want to focus on following Christ and connecting with people regardless of denomination or background. We are thankful for our partners: Vision Ministries, the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada, and the Navigators of Canada all play a significant role in helping us. We appreciate that deeply. We welcome everyone and anyone in our local area to be a part of our community. As we are a new church, we are a bit smaller, so we can guarantee you will be welcomed and your presence will be noticed!
"nurturing into existence"
We recognize, we appreciate, and we enjoy that it takes time to build good things. To see your garden grow, to brew good beer, or to raise kids well takes time, patience, care and attention. The kind of Christian community we want to develop — deeply involved in the fabric of the North End, knowing one another, and being there for one another — takes time. We are glad to be nurturers.
"a spiritual home centred on Jesus"
Home. Most of us have had one. Some of us have one now. Some don’t. Homes evoke feelings and memories good and bad. At its best, a home centres you and is a refugee and place you can be yourself. At Aurora, we consider our church to be our spiritual home and a place that all of us — all ages, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, incomes, languages, and ethnicities — can belong, be nourished, contribute, grow, share and find God.
We are centred on Jesus, God in the flesh. We want to be like Christ and learn to do and act as he did in our neighbourhood. Yet even those who wouldn’t quite say this is true for themselves, still belong and are given space to explore, test the boundaries, search and contribute. Our hope is that in following Jesus well we will become a beautiful expression of his kingdom in the North End. Our name Aurora means ‘the dawn’ – a wonderful picture of the beautiful new things God desires for people and places.
"community minded and justice oriented for people in the North End"
Our passion is local and our energies are directed toward our neighbourhood. Like many others, we love the North End and as a church it is our longing to help it flourish and to partner with others who want the same. We care deeply about justice and are growing in our understanding of the stories of this place and enjoy being part of those stories in meaningful and practical ways.