Wesley Supports Community Activities

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

Wrap with Love

Lent Event

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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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.

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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 2019 event was held at the Castle Hill Showground, but the 2020 and 2021 events were cancelled due to Covid-19.
The event is expected to resume in 2022, and there is a link at https://www.cancercouncil.org.au/relayforlife/events/IT0001355/.
The Hills Relay regularly raises about $300,000 each year.

Overall, the event Australia-wide has raised over $108 million for the Cancer Council over the times it was held.

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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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 is being held without an audience, and will be streamed from 6:30pm on Wednesday 15th December 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 26th November 2021