Social Action Committee Helping to End Hunger with Community Support

At the beginning of autumn, the Social Action Committee (SAC) asked its community members to help end hunger in Aurora by donating fresh produce, vegetables, and perishable foods to be delivered to the local food bank. SAC members organized the collection of the over a dozen bags contributed by many donors (pictured below). The generosity of the community goes a long way in helping families facing difficulties during the pandemic.

To volunteer in future projects, please reach out to socialaction25@gmail.com.

(Video) Junior Youth Camp Highlights

In late July, York North (Aurora, Newmarket, and surrounding areas) hosted an in-person/hybrid junior youth camp designed for youth between the ages of 11-15 years old. Each year, the camp provides a rich environment for spiritual education and a precious opportunity for the animators and junior youth to come together. Since the pandemic, the camps have been mostly virtual. However, following Ontario Safety Guidelines, the coordinator took the opportunity to conduct in person gatherings. The junior youth read passages out of books, engaged in musical activities, and carried out service projects. 

JY camps provide a growth opportunity and a chance to expand horizons. If you know someone interested in attending next year, contact us.


(Video) Aurora Children Honouring the 215 Indigenous Children

The Children’s Education Committee of the Baha’i Community of Aurora created this video to commemorate the 215 Indigenous children whose bodies were discovered at Kamloops residential school in British Columbia. In the video, the children read a poem by Abigail Echo-Hawk.

If you decide to share this, please tag us on Facebook @BahaisOfAuroraOntario, or on Instagram @bahaisofaurora.

To contact us, please click here.

Children’s Classes in Aurora (Zoom)

Baha’i children’s classes aim to nurture the hearts and minds of children. The emphasis of these classes is on helping children to learn to reflect on and apply spiritual principles, such as love, unity and justice, to their own lives and to the lives of those around them. Based on the teachings of Baha’u’llah, the classes seek to inspire in children a love of God and His Messengers, and of humanity in all its diversity. The classes include short lessons, activities to build friendship, games, stories, art and music.

Curriculum based on the Ruhi Institute. Classes conducted on Zoom until further notice. For Aurora residents only. No registration fees, no commitment needed!

Schedule an informal intake with one of our instructors.

Virtual Devotionals (Feb 2021)

Photo by Pegleess Barrios from Burst

The Ayyam-i-Ha (or Intercalary Days) are a period of time when Bahá’ís focus more than usually on hospitality, charity, giving gifts and preparing for the month of fasting. The Ayyam-i-Ha are of four or five days’ duration.  They are the days that fall outside the nineteen months of nineteen days that make up the Bahá’í calendar.

During the month of February leading up to the Ayyám-i-Há, community members gathered virtually for daily prayers and meditation. These meetings were sponsored by The Baha’i Community of Aurora.

Like-minded souls are invited to attend future interfaith gatherings.

The Pre-Holiday Food Drive Was a Great Success!

“Just as a candle’s purpose is to provide light, the human soul was created to give generously. We fulfil our highest purpose in a life of service, in which we offer our time, energy, knowledge, and financial resources.”

Bahá’í teachings on a life of generous giving

Food scarcity is a serious problem across the country, and around the world, and the various food networks are doing their best to provide for those who are either unemployed or seriously underemployed during this Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier this December, the Bahá’ís of Aurora sought to engage as many folks as possible in its latest project. Volunteers coordinated the collection of non-perishable foods from donors across the Aurora region and dropped them off at the Aurora Food Pantry on Saturday, December 12th, in time for the holidays.

To involve the very young in this worthwhile service, the brown bags were painted by the Children’s groups before they were distributed to friends and neighbours.

To volunteer in future projects, please reach out to socialaction25@gmail.com.

Garbage Clean-Up!

Trails in Aurora have helped locals stay physically active and keep a positive mental attitude during a time of mandated restrictions. So, the members of the Baha’i community organized a neighbourhood-centred activity for volunteers to gather across different neighbourhoods and parks to collect trash and articles left by other users. On Saturday, October 3rd, volunteers walked along planned routes and filled up bags that were provided by the Town of Aurora. While maintaining social distancing, many passerbys applauded their actions and announced they will do the same on their paths. To join us next time, click here.

Twin Holy Birthdays

When: Sunday, October 18th at 6:00pm
Where: Zoom link will be provided via email

This event is open to the public. Please introduce yourself to us and your invitation (Zoom link) will be emailed shortly.

The Twin Holy Birthdays refers to two successive holy days in the Baháʼí calendar that celebrate the births of two central figures of the Baháʼí Faith. The Baháʼí Community of Aurora will be celebrating this event live with the public. All visitors are encouraged to say prayers, chant songs, or simply sit back with a hot drink and enjoy the online program organized by our Holy Day Committee.

RSVP here

Backpacks Project

Building a positive community starts with the first day of school and no child should be left behind.

The Bahá’ís of Aurora organized a donation event asking families to contribute fun-filled backpacks for children of all ages returning to classes this fall. We received over 35 backpacks of all sizes and colours that were distributed to local shelters in York Region.

The community’s open-hearted response is emblematic of a new era of philanthropy. Children and parents discussed the value of giving during a pandemic and acted together to make someone’s back to school experience more enjoyable.

For collaborations with the Bahá’ís of Aurora, click here.

Children’s Festival

We all know that disasters happen all the time, whether it be bushfires or explosions, but usually they don’t hit so close to home. In the face of Covid-19, we are seeing incredible responses from our community.

On Sunday, August 16th, the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program hosted a Children’s Festival for the community and children of ages 4-10 at the Fairy Lake Park in Newmarket. The service project included mask making and drawing up posters to thank all frontline-workers.

This ingenious event highlights the role of children as catalysts of resilient communities during times of crisis and uncertainty. A dozen children from the Aurora and Newmarket region enthusiastically participated in this activity. They were all able to go home with the feeling of accomplishment after creating their own masks using washable fabrics, and a stronger sense of sustainable actions.

Community involvement fosters generosity and other virtues in children. If you are interested in enrolling someone in the Junior Youth program, click here.