Wesley Mission’s new Chair welcomed at 205th Anniversary service
Wesley Mission’s 205th milestone was marked with a special Anniversary service on Sunday 21 May.
The service was also an opportunity to farewell retiring officer and Chair of Wesley Community Services, Mark Scott AO, and welcome Michael Anderson as the newly appointed Chair and, new Board member, Bernard Boerma.
At the service Mr Scott reminisced about his time serving at Wesley Mission, joining as Chair of the Board in July 2013.
Prior to becoming chair, Mark served as a Board member, starting in January 2009. He also reflected on his passion for Wesley Mission’s work, which brings about hope and transformation in the Australian community.
Mr Anderson then shared his excitement for the new position and his desire to pursue Wesley Mission’s vision of continuing the work of Jesus Christ through both Word and deed.
“Congregations actually need community service as part of their commitment to serve God. And community services need congregations,” he said.
Wesley Mission CEO, the Rev Keith Garner shared from John 14 and reflected on three key areas of ministry we should to focus on in our future mission and work. These included reaching out to those who are lonely, in despair and are suffering.
“Loneliness creates many of the societal challenges in our community, such as the increase of fear, the reality of homelessness, and an increasing incidence of mental health issues,” said Mr Garner.
“We are called as a community at Wesley Mission to live alongside those who are seeking to face the future with no real confidence. Seeking to embrace the future with no conscious sense of being able to influence its outcome. Seeking to handle life’s challenges without adequate support and resources.
“We must work through faith in the living Lord Jesus Christ to alleviate suffering, to offer compassionate care and to bring hope to people’s lives.”
Deputy Chair of Wesley Community Services, Meredith Scott and Wesley Mission’s Chief Financial Officer, David Cannings both shared a prayer at the service. Together, key staff shared a pray of intercession and read the Lord’s prayer.
Staff and members of our congregations joined together to lead worship at the service. The Samoan Choir, from Wesley Samoan Congregation, brought a musical performance of Victory Belongs to Jesus. A talented violinist closed the service by playing Hallelujah, accompanied by a video performance of the piece by the London Symphony Orchestra.