Who We Are

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Aurora is a cozy community church recently planted in the North End of Halifax.

We are grateful for the space we have and acknowledge that we meet in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. We are all Treaty people and take calls to action toward reconciliation seriously.

At first glance, the white chapel might not lead you to expect anything unique from our church. We hope you will find us refreshing, life-giving and a little different—in a good way!

We are trying new things, pursuing God, contributing to justice, and seeking to be a Christian community faithfully present in the broader community - but we don't always get it right.

We are focused on Jesus and we strive to be like him in all we do. We place a high value on the Bible and we love interacting with it in various ways. It is a rich, varied, and life-giving text. We pray and meditate and sing together. We are progressive and growing, and we love what we are building together.

Drop us a note if you have any questions or stop by at 5666 Sebastian St. on Sunday morning at 10am to meet us. You can also find us on Facebook.

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Our Manifesto

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.

What We Do

We gather Sunday mornings at 10am in the church building at 5666 Sebastian St.

We alternate between two different services — Lectio Worship Sundays and Worship & Teaching Sundays (click on our calendar to see which service is on which week). Both start at 10am with a free breakfast.

On Lectio Worship Sundays we eat breakfast together because we want to build community with one another (yes … a full breakfast and we provide the food and good coffee). Following the meal, which lasts about 30 mins, we transition to a time of worship which includes contemporary music, communion, and something called Lectio. Lectio is an ancient practice of prayerfully and meditatively reading the Bible. In short, a passage is read and we are given quiet time to listen and reflect. We are usually done everything by 11:30am. Young children are welcome to move about during the whole service. We are glad they are with us and we have an art table and some couches in the sanctuary for the kids and parents to use.

On Worship & Teaching Sundays we begin with a lighter breakfast of freshly baked bread and coffee. After this we transition to a time of contemporary worship and teaching. We also make space to listen to each other's stories. Most weeks our pastor will interview someone from the congregation giving them a chance to share where they see God in their lives (people volunteer for this beforehand). This has been one of the most enriching things we do, allowing us to get to know one another in deeper ways. As during our Lectio service kids are welcome to move about. They are part of everything we do and we want families to feel welcome.

Our gatherings are designed to be authentic, relevant, and energizing.

In addition to Sunday morning, some of us volunteer in the local community together. We are continually looking for ways to be involved in each other's lives and cultivate deeper community.

Our History

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The seeds of our church began over ten years ago when our pastor was volunteering at a fitness and literacy program at one of our North End elementary schools. That involvement grew into a project aimed at helping introduce youth from the community to the dream of post-secondary education. These initiatives are important to our church and many from Aurora support them.

We have a connection to the former Mulgrave Park Baptist Church which had been in existence since 1950 serving the North End of Halifax in various capacities over the years. At the end of 2018, Mulgrave Park Baptist Church passed on their legacy to us at Aurora North End Parish Church (their church plant). It is our hope that Aurora will be a fresh local expression of church for many years to come.

Aurora Community Commons

Aurora Community Commons is a shared community space across from Isleville Park in the North End of Halifax belonging to Aurora North End Parish Church. With affordable space for community groups increasingly hard to find, we offer an open and evolving space for those that are working for justice, serving the marginalized, and contributing to the flourishing of people in our neighbourhood. Our space is currently home to a yoga class, a community band, Guides and Brownies, and a nonprofit organization providing a community of care and support to families and youth.

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OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Effective Monday March 16 we are cancelling our Sunday morning service until such time that it is safe to resume. Obviously no one knows how long this will be. All activities that have been taking place in our buildings have also stopped.

Over these next couple of weeks the leadership is investigating a way for us to connect online on Sunday mornings. More information will follow on this. Stay tuned.

We want everyone to abide by the recommendations that our various levels of government are giving us. We take this very seriously. Please stay up-to-date with Provincial Government Information and follow it accordingly. See the link below.

https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

At the same time we want to encourage you to reach out to God. This is an opportunity to deepen this relationship. Seek God and perhaps reach out and find him. The LORD is not far from any of us. We also want to encourage you to deepen your connections with one another - not in person of course. Call someone. Ask them how they are doing. Pray together. Listen. Laugh. Cry. Reach out to someone you don't know well ... take it as an opportunity to get to know them. Remember your neighbours, co-workers, family and friends.

If you have any questions please email us.