The celebration will continue until 2015 which marks the 200th anniversary of the arrival in Sydney of the first Methodist Minister, the Rev Samuel Leigh. The focus in each of the four years will be a specific area where the work of the early Methodists and Wesley Mission has excelled Hope (2012), Advocacy (2013), Innovation (2014) and Faith (2015).
2013 - Advocacy
It is one thing to work on a day-to-day basis with those in need, it is quite another to publically and persistently defend their rights and lobby for societal reform.
The Wesley Reports – reaching the decision-makers
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“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”
1890 – ‘People in great distress through the want of work’ Rev WG Taylor
With the country suffering an economic depression, the 1890s were a difficult time for many.
2012 - The Premier speaks on Advocacy
Barry O’Farrell MP, speaks on advocacy, delivered at Wesley Mission’s Celebrate 200 event in July 2012.
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200 years at a glance
Trace the growth of pioneering care year by year from the first Methodist meeting in Australia in 1812. View our timeline.
1965 - "I am for Peace" - Rev Dr Sir Alan Walker and Vietnam
As Superintendent of Wesley Mission, the nation's largest Methodist congregation, the Rev Dr Alan Walker was a key speaker at a public rally at the State Theatre...
Hope, advocacy, innovation and faith
See how 200 years of hope, advocacy, innovation and faith has shaped Wesley Mission today.Watch the video
Easter Mission at the Ryde Drive-in
A national televised Easter Sunrise Service was launched in 1961, at a time when television in Australia was only five years old.