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Welcome to Wesley Castle Hill

Wesley Castle Hill Uniting Church is a congregation within The Uniting Church in Australia.
We have a strong connection with the Castle Hill area dating back to 1903.

At Wesley we encourage people to embark on a journey of discovery about God and God's call on our lives through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, by engaging with Scripture and Tradition through Reason and Experience. 

Here at Wesley you will find many people in different stages on their journey of discovery. We work hard to engage with the different experiences of others in ways that are both challenging and encouraging. We are people who are choosing to follow the way of Jesus, and are seeking to live out lives of compassion and care, hospitality and generosity.

 

You are welcome to join in the activities that Wesley offers and you are equally welcome to keep a low profile and attend the worship services when you are able. You will be encouraged to make a name tag and to fill in an information sheet of your contact details - these will help in communication but neither are compulsory.

I hope that you can find a place here at Wesley that inspires and encourages you to live out the life that God desires for you and that you find good company in those who travel with you.

About the Uniting Church

The Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) came into existence with the union of the Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational churches in Australia in 1977. The UCA holds strongly to the equality of men and women, lay and ordained ministries. A detailed description of the Uniting Church, its structures and beliefs, can be found at assembly.uca.org.au.

Our Heritage

Highlights of the life of Castle Hill Methodist and The Wesley Uniting Church at Castle Hill
In 1903, the Parramatta Methodist Church (then considered to be in the country) in faith, began Sunday Services in a timber Lodge Hall that stood in the present Arthur Whitling Park at Castle Hill.

By 1909 the Hall had been purchased and moved to 268 Old Northern Rd to become The Methodist Church. It was enlarged and an attractive, new brick church was opened in 1935, two years after Castle Hill Circuit was formed in 1933. The circuit included established churches at South Baulkham Hills (opposite The Willows) and North Baulkham Hills (now the Chinese Alliance Church) as well as monthly services in the Memorial Hall at Kellyville (then on the corner of Memorial Avenue). The ministers were housed in rented premises until 1953 when a Parsonage was built at 29 Showground Rd.

Ladies Church Aid, Christian Endeavour, Order of Knights, Girls' Comrades, Prayer meetings, Fetes, Concerts and other events prospered. Post World War II development in the district enabled a two storey brick hall to be erected on the same site in 1965; however traffic noise from the main road and the problem of car parking spaces led to a search for a larger site.

The Castle Hill Circuit was led by twelve different ministers from 1933 until 1968. Then with another huge leap of faith and hard work the present complex was dedicated in November 1972.  The Rev Roy Salway presided over the construction of the Wesley Complex. His successor, the Rev Neville Arthur, presided over the change from Methodist to The Uniting Church in Australia. Soon Castle Hill UCA stood alone with its own minister. In 1992 a generous bequest enabled extensive additions to be undertaken at Wesley.

The Centenary of the Castle Hill Methodist and Uniting Church at Castle Hill was celebrated in 2003, led by an enthusiastic committee. A book was published and work began on the four-section Wall Hanging to mark the event, now used for most of the year, with other banners for special seasons. In 2012 we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the building on its present site.

With the continuing development of the district and its commercial centre, Wesley Uniting Church is ready to meet the needs of an expanding population.   May God grant our congregation the faith, strength and trust to move forward into the future as the generations before us have done.

 

Updated 6th June 2016