Our Mission Statement

God calls us to be followers of Jesus Christ, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, to grow as community of grace, joy and peace so that God's healing and hope flow through us to the world.

Beliefs

Jesus

Jesus Christ was put to death on a cross and rose from the dead in order that people could live in union with God. Mennonites believe that the life and teachings of Jesus guide our daily living. They believe that the church should keep Christ’s life and ministry alive in the world.

The Church

Mennonites believe that the church is made of people whose sins have been forgiven and who choose to follow Christ’s teachings. Mennonites believe that Christians should try to relate to each other and the world in the same loving, forgiving way that Jesus practiced. Taking part in a regular worship service enables Christians to respond to God with praise and thanks, and to live for Jesus through the week.

The Bible is key

 The church tries to live in obedience to the Word of God — the Bible. Mennonites believe that God’s spirit, or “Holy Spirit,” helps the community of believers understand that Word. The life and teachings of Jesus as recorded in the Bible help in interpreting the meaning of the “Old Testament” part of the Bible.

 

New life

Because we are human beings, we all sin: we commit wrongs, we break relationships, we’re out of touch with God. God sent Jesus Christ to the world so that all those who believe in Jesus Christ could receive forgiveness and restore broken relationships. Christians also enjoy a more whole life today and the promise of living forever with God.

Open to all

Jesus sends the church to bring good news to all persons throughout the world. The Mennonite Church is open to everyone who wants to follow the teachings of Jesus.

What baptism means

Mennonites practice believer’s baptism which symbolizes an adult making a public commitment to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ. In baptism, the believer shows willingness to share the good news about Jesus by words and actions.

Helping each other

Jesus wants his followers to help each other. Mennonites feel that Christians need each other for encouragement and growth, for confronting one another in a supportive way, and for help in time of crisis. Mennonites believe it’s important to be concerned for both the spiritual and physical aspects of life.

Living peacefully

As disciples of Jesus, Mennonites try to live under Christ’s rule. For many this means loving the enemy and refusing to use violence or participate in military service, living peaceably with others at all levels, serving the poor and needy, and taking risks to work actively for justice and mercy.

Aurora Mennonite Church HIstory

The Aurora Mennonite Church can be traced back to the early years of the 20th century as Mennonite settlers moved into the Aurora community. Some of the earliest settlers came from Nebraska.  The church used to be called Plainview Mennonite Church.
 
Over the years Aurora Mennonite has been a service-oriented church, instrumental in the establishment of congregations in nearby Burton, Cleveland, and Ravenna.  Currently the church supports projects such as meat canning for needy people in foreign countries, volunteer work at the rescue mission in Akron, OH, and has an annual missions auction to fund its mission's budget.  In 1965 a voluntary service unit that was stationed at the Hattie Larlham Foundation in nearby Mantua was supported by the church.
 
Changes to the building have taken place over the years, with the current building looking quite different than the one in the early 1900's.  A fellowship hall allows for regular community dinners.  The sanctuary is medium-sized, or even smaller, with beautiful colored glass chunks making up the windows.  The building itself is quite extensive, though, and currently a small pre-school meets in the church basement.
 
Mennonite worship and lifestyles have changed radically over the years. Presently there is an inter-denominational feel to the church, with many people coming from backgrounds other than Mennonite.  Worship is blended, using hymns and praise songs.  Services are not too formal, and fellowship before the worship service over coffee is enjoyed.
 
If you have children, there is a children's time during the worship service and a youth group that meets once a week.  If you are older, our senior's group has a schedule of events throughout the year.  Being a smaller church, people get to know one another, and there are opportunities to use your gifts.
 
Do you want to know more about the church's history?  A 420 page hardcover book titled, Pathways to Portage, was published in 2005 and covers the history of the church over its first 100 years.  You might find the book in the local library or you can find a copy at the church.  Feel free to become part of our current history-making!