Wesley Supports Community Activities

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

Wrap with Love

Collections for Local Missions

Hawkesbury's Helping Hands

Relay for Life

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 are photos showing some of the places where the wraps are being distributed, in this Gallery.

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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Collections for Local Missions
Members of the congregation are collecting food and clothing items for a number of locally-based charities.
There are usually special collections for Winter and Christmas. Non-perishable food items are welcomed by many of the people who have to rely on these and other charities for basic needs. Warm clothing is particularly needed for winter collections.

Our volunteers collect the bags from the church and deliver them to Parramatta Mission and to Exodus Foundation at Ashfield.

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Hawkesbury's Helping Hands
Wesley has been suppporting local charity Hawkesbury's Helping Hands during 2021 and 2022

Wesley's John Peberdy (right), presenting
a $20000 cheque to HHH members
at their warehouse, 2021
The Hawkesbury region of Sydney, just to the North-West from Wesley Church, has had to endure bushfires, and then a number of successive flood events in recent years, while also coping with interruptions and lockdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hawkesbury’s Helping Hands was established in 2011 by Cassidy Strickland, then 8, who after witnessing a hungry man rummaging through her family bin for food, decided to do something and that food and dignity was something she could try and help with and so along with her mum Linda, HHH was born.

Since then, every day of the week, Hawkesbury's Helping Hands Inc has supported those experiencing homelessness or at risk homelessness. Providing love, care, kindness, food, toiletries, clothing, shoes, blankets, sleeping bags, tents, swags, pet supplies also advice on services available and if possible, support with accommodation. Free meals are served Saturday and Sunday evenings in a local park. To date over 500,000 meals have been served.

They also work alongside and support many other charities and organisations, and work closely with numerous agencies, who often refer their clients to them.

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Relay for Life
Groups from Wesley have 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.

As part of a nation-wide event, the Hills Relay for Life had 71 teams, including three from Wesley (WesleyWalkers, Wesley Young Adults, and Wesley Preschool). After two years of cancellation due to Covid-19, the 2022 event was held from 21st to 22nd May 2022. There is a link HERE.
Our team supports The Hills Relay, which raised over $200,000 in the 2022 event.

Click on one of the images for a larger version

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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) 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 event is held on a Wednesday in mid-December at Bella Vista Farm Park, corner of Norwest Boulevard and Elizabeth MacArthur Drive, Baulkham Hills.
Entertainment includes a 49-piece orchestra, choir, and displays by Castle HIll Police, Mounted Police, Rural Fire Brigade and the SES.

In 2020 and 2021, the event was held without an audience, and was streamed from 6:30pm on a Wednesday (15th December in 2021), at https://www.christmasinthehills.com.au

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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 5th July 2022