Wesley Mission has grown out of what was originally the first Methodist Church in Australia established in 1812 in Sydney. Having a prominent, central place in the heart of the city has been a priority ever since. The desire stems back to the Methodist tradition of living and serving amongst everyday people, meeting people where they are at and providing a place where they can come for help, spiritual nourishment and friendship.
Throughout Wesley Mission’s history—and the history of the church Wesley Mission grew out of, the Central Methodist Mission—serving people in the heart of the city has been a constant feature. Our central Sydney location means that we are able to reach out to people from all walks of life that inhabit the city. This includes residents, workers, tourists, students and those who have no place to live and call the streets of Sydney their home.
Wesley Mission is a welcoming place for those who are lonely, lost or overwhelmed. There is an endless need for friendship and caring in any large city. We seek to reach the people of the city area who are beyond the fringe of the church and have no relationship with any other church. Some of those who participate in the life of Wesley Mission through church services, small groups or who need pastoral care come through the doors of Wesley Mission on a daily basis. To have an open door policy and provide this kind of social and spiritual refuge for people is an invaluable and longstanding attribute of Wesley Mission.
We engage in the life of the city, hosting events such as the annual Palm Sunday procession in Circular Quay, the Good Friday procession along Pitt Street and the Easter Sunrise service on the Opera House steps. Wesley Mission also host major fundraising events such as Haircut for homelessness, in the centre of Sydney’s CBD. With events in the city such as these, Wesley Mission bears witness to the gospel message and raises community awareness of the social issues we are tackling.