Awaken is a community of people SENT to be known by love, live by faith, and be a voice of hope to the community of Bowness and beyond.

About

Awaken is a parish church in the neighbourhood of Bowness. We are people who have chosen to come together with all of our hopeful and fearful selves,  believing that each member of this community comes with gifts and challenges for us to navigate together. We believe that working through the joys and difficulties of community life is part of what it means to be Christian.  Awaken desires to be authentic and intentional in our faith. We are ever-growing in our reconciliation within ourselves, with God, one another, and the hurting world we all call home. We have lots to learn and need lots of grace as we explore what it means to be God's church in the neighbourhood of Bowness. Awaken has found a great sense of belonging within the traditional Christian calendar and the rhythms and celebrations of the Christian liturgy. We desire to daily participate in the 'missio dei' (the mission of God) to cultivate and witness God's Shalom in Bowness and beyond.  Awaken is a growing and dynamic community and all are welcome to explore the way of Christ in this place.

 

Awaken Church is affiliated with the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada and you can find our shared statement of faith here: https://cbwc.ca/about/#statement-of-faith

We believe we are called at Awaken to be a place where everyone has an opportunity to explore what it means to follow Jesus as his disciple and join us in our mission as a Parish Church in Bowness. We steadfastly pursue radical welcome, radical generosity, and radical reverence to Christ and one another. This includes our LGBTQ siblings. Whether this is you or someone in your family, we want to do our best to create a safe and generous space for you to commune with us. You won’t be the first LGBTQ person at Awaken and we
hope you won’t be the last.

At Awaken we don’t just want you to show up on a Sunday and sit through the service with us (although we’ll thoroughly enjoy having you when you do), but we hope that Awaken will feel like home and a safe place for you to authentically join into all aspects of our community as you grow in
understanding of what it means to follow Jesus.

Whether you are aiming for faithful celibacy or lifelong marriage, we realize there are unique challenges in both of these choices in our current social context, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. As such, we want to support you wherever you are at along this journey.

For all our good intentions, sometimes we will get this wrong. We are a community full of messy, broken folks who are coming at this from all
different perspectives. To be successful at relationships in an inclusive space we will need to be committed to being people of grace. That requires that we give ourselves and each other the room to learn and grow. It also means we won’t always get things perfect the first time. We’re new at this. Things may come up that we’re not sure how to handle the first time. When that happens we hope that we can wrestle together for our next right steps. We commit to love over fear. To faith in the midst of doubt. And to a mutual process of transformation through intentional community.

We understand that there will be those who have questions about our stance on these issues, and that’s okay. The leadership at Awaken welcomes your questions and looks forward to journeying with you! Click here for a few resources we have found valuable in this process of becoming a more inclusive and welcoming space.