We gather in person every Sunday at 10:30am in our church building (5666 Sebastian St.). You are welcome to come as early as 10am for food and friendship. On the long weekends in July, August, September and the Sunday before New Year's Day we take what we call a 'Sabbath Sunday' which means we don't have a service. We encourage people to do other things - connect with friends, family, neighbours or each other. Other than these four weekends we meet every Sunday.
Our children's program, Children & Worship (for kids age 3 up to grade 5), runs every week except during the summer months of July and August.
We eat breakfast together every Sunday because we want to build community with one another and we believe eating together is one of the best ways to do this.
We alternate between two different services — Lectio and Teaching.
On Lectio Sundays, following the food, we transition to a time of worship which includes contemporary music 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, reflect and share (if we want). Everyone including kids is together during the first half of the service. Once the Lectio starts the younger kids head to their program.
On Teaching Sundays, we also eat breakfast. After this we transition to a time of contemporary worship and teaching. Teaching is interactive at Aurora. People are able to ask questions and we usually take time for small group discussion at the end. Everyone including kids is together during the first half of the service. Once the sermon starts the younger kids head to their program.
Kids are free to move around at Aurora. They are part of everything we do and we want families to feel welcome. We have an art table and some couches at the back to make things easier.
Our gatherings are designed to be authentic, relevant, and life giving. We are usually done everything by 11:30am.
In addition to Sunday morning, some of us volunteer in the local community. We are continually looking for ways to be involved in each other's lives and cultivate deeper community.