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Aurora United Church launches $5M Rising from the Ashes campaign

Campaign will support rebuilding 'in structure and spirit' of the Yonge Street church destroyed by fire nearly a decade ago
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Aurora United Church was destroyed in a fire in April 2014. Facebook photo/Epke Danstra

Aurora United Church has launched a campaign with a goal of raising $5 million toward the rebuilding of the church destroyed by fire nearly a decade ago. 

"Following the devastating fire on April 11, 2014 that consumed the heart of Aurora's spiritual and community life, Aurora United Church proudly announces the official launch of its transformative capital campaign, aptly named Rising from the Ashes." a news release says.

"This campaign marks a significant step forward in the journey to rebuild the church, both in structure and spirit. Along with our site partner, Amica Senior Living, we are looking forward to an opening in spring 2025."

The campaign will support the construction of "a new, resilient and welcoming church building." 

"Beyond physical reconstruction, the campaign underscores the church's commitment to expanding outreach programs, enhancing accessibility, and fostering a sense of unity within the community," the church says.

The official campaign launch event took place Jan. 28 at the church’s interim location at Trinity Anglican Church in Aurora, with community members, local leaders, and supporters.

"This campaign is an opportunity for everyone in our community to contribute to the rebirth of a cherished institution. Each donation, big or small, is a building block in our collective effort to rise from the ashes stronger than ever," said Nancy Kerswill, chair of council at Aurora United Church.

“We’re still here, we’re still strong, we’re pressing forward, and our future is bright. Our intention is to go home to Yonge Street. And we will,” said Rev. Lorraine Newton-Comar and Rev. Andrew Comar.

How to Get Involved:

Individuals and businesses interested in contributing to the campaign are invited to visit here for more information.

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