Wesley Supports Community Activities

The congregation participates in many activities that are run by other groups in the community

Wrap with Love

Lent Event

Operation Christmas Child

Relay for Life

Biggest Morning Tea

Christmas in the Hills

Uniting Church Stamp Collection

Knitting for Wrap with Love
Members of the congregation have been participating in this project for a number of years, knitting squares and sewing them into blankets for distribution around the world.
This project is ongoing all year, especially over the winter months. The wraps form part of the Australia-wide organisation which has been in operation for over 25 years and so far has distributed over 440,000 wraps around the world and in Australia.  Over 30,000 wraps are now distributed each year.

There is a Gallery of photos showing some of the places where the wraps are being distributed.

Knitting yarn and instructions for size of squares are available - see Heather Smith.

Wrap with Love is an Australian organisation which has been operating since 1992. It uses the motto
'Cold humanity is our concern, people caring about other people.'
For more information see their website at <www.wrapwithlove.org>.

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Lent Event
Members of the congregation have been taking part in Lent Event during the 40 days of Lent (before Easter) for several years.
Participants choose to give up some small indulgence (maybe chocolate, for some who can manage that for 40 days!), and contribute the savings toward aid for underprivileged people overseas.

Each year, there are boxes available in the foyer to collect your donations. The funds will go to support Lent Event through UnitingWorld.
The project was initiated by the West Epping Uniting Church in 2005, and has now spread across Australia. Their website is www.lentevent.com.

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Women@Wesley supports Operation Christmas Child
We have supported Operation Christmas Child again in 2018. 
Beginning in July, we filled boxes ready to be sent overseas, and have now delivered them to the warehouse.
For over 35 years, Samaritan's Purse has done its utmost to follow Christ's command by going to the aid of the world's poor, sick, and suffering, as an effective means of reaching hurting people in countries around the world with food, medicine, and other assistance in the Name of Jesus Christ. This, in turn, earns a hearing for the Gospel, the Good News of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Its President and CEO is Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham.

Operation Christmas Child is an outreach of Samaritan's Purse, which sends shoeboxes of small Christmas presents to underprivileged children around the world. Providing the gifts and filling the boxes has been taken up by many churches as an outreach program.

For more information about Samaritans Purse and Operation Christmas Child

See its website at http://operationchristmaschild.org.au.

We will have boxes in the foyer, or you can use your own shoebox, but please pick up an information sheet for details of what gifts can and can't be included.

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Relay for Life
A group  from Wesley has been taking part in The Hills Relay for Life to support the Cancer Council each year.

Thanks to all those who participated in this event, either sponsoring or running (or walking) around a track for as much of the 24 hours as they could manage. It is always a very successful fundraiser for the Cancer Council.

The 2018 event was held again in May this year at the Castle Hill Showground.
The Hills Relay raised $295,000 in 2017, and over $300,000 in 2018.

Overall, the event Australia-wide has raised over $108 million for the Cancer Council over the last 5 years.

77 people had their heads shaved at the event, setting a Guinness Record

Click on one of the images for a larger version

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Biggest Morning Tea
The Biggest Morning Tea is an annual event, held in May or June, to support the Cancer Council.
Fundraising morning teas are held (almost simultaneously) at venues around Australia.

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Christmas in the Hills
Christmas in the Hills is an annual community event established in 2012.
As one of the sponsors of this event, Wesley, along with St Paul's (Anglican) and St Bernadette’s (Catholic) churches are committing time and expertise to the project, currently in the form of participation on the committee.
Castle Towers Shopping Centre, The Hill Shire Council and other business and community organisations help make this a true celebration of Christmas for the whole family.

The The 2017 event was held on Wednesday, 13th December at Bella Vista Farm Park, corner of Norwest Boulevard and Elizabeth MacArthur Drive, Baulkham Hills.

Last year, a total of about 8000 people attended. The 2018 event will be held on Wednesday 12th December.

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Uniting Church Stamp Collection
The Uniting Church has been collecting stamps for forty years.
Stamps are sold to stamp dealers and collectors, and the monies raised are used to support the work of Uniting, Uniting Mission and Education, Frontier Services.

It’s like any collectable the better the condition the more valuable.

Stamps can be left in the church, preferably trimmed (details at UCA Stamp Office), and they will be delivered to the Stamp Room in Pitt St. Sydney.

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Updated 6th November 2018