Inside of the Church

  • Communion Table

    Communion Table

    The Communion Table, shown here in front of the organ, is known in some churches as the Altar but is almost always called the Communion Table within the Uniting Church. It is at the Communion Table that the congregation celebrates the Sacrament of Holy Communion, re-enacting in symbolic form the Last Supper that Jesus shared with his friends the night before his crucifixion and, in so doing, celebrating his resurrection.

    When the Table is not actually in use for this celebration, the Bible occupies the central position, reminding the people to read and hear the Word of God through the Bible readings Sunday by Sunday.

    The colour shown on the Communion Table draping, on the bookmark and on the screen behind the Table changes according to the time of year and the occasion. There are four different colours used: Green is used for the ordinary Sundays throughout the year and symbolises growth. White is used at Christmas and Easter, symbolising joy and celebration. Purple, the colour that symbolises suffering and is also the colour of royalty, is used during Advent and Lent. Red is symbolic of both fire and blood and specifically reminds worshippers of the work of the Holy Spirit; it is used for occasions (like a commissioning or an ordination) when the Holy Spirit is particularly invoked.

  • Organ

    Organ

    The Organ was built by Jones of Fulham, London, and was shipped to Australia in 1871 to be installed in the Bourke Street Methodist Church in Sydney. It was enlarged in 1878. The Bourke Street Church was closed in the mid-twentieth century and, for a time, the organ was in storage

    In 1981, organ builders Brown and Arkley were commissioned to restore the organ and it was subsequently erected in Wollongong Wesley Church with the assistance of consultant, Mr David Kinsella. The organ was dedication to the Glory of God on 7th March 1982 to commemorate the centenary of Wollongong Wesley Church.

  • Candle Lamp Beside Communion Table

    Candle Lamp Beside Communion Table

    The oil lamp beside the Communion Table symbolises the presence of of Christ, the Light of the World. The lamp (in some churches it is an actual candle) is alight during all services of worship.

    On some occasions the flame from the oil lamp is used to light candles for specific purposes, such as when the Advent candles are lit in December each year. It is also used to light a candle to present to each newly-baptised person (or, in the case of an infant Baptism, to that child’s parents).

  • Pulpit

    Pulpit

    For centuries the minister or priest would climb the steps to the pulpit to deliver the sermon, week by week. That was particularly necessary if the congregation was very large so that the preacher could be seen and heard.

    Sermons are still delivered week by week by the minister of Wesley Church, but modern communication methods mean that mostly the sermon can be more effectively conveyed from the lectern where multi-media tools are more readily accessible. It is still the case, however, that the pulpit is used when the congregation is significantly large (such as on Easter Day).

  • Hymn Board

    Hymn Board

    This board shows the numbers of the hymns that are used in the worship that is taking place. Currently Wollongong Wesley Church uses the hymnal Together in Song  published by the Australian Hymnbook Company. In addition to the Hymn Board, the weekly News Sheet gives the hymn numbers and other details of the worship for the 10:00am service of worship.

  • Roll of Honour (west wall)

    Roll of Honour (west wall)

    This Roll of Honour on the western wall of the Church is dedicated to the members of the congregation who gave their lives in the service of their country during World War II from 1939 to 1945. Of course many more than those who died also served in the various armed forces during that war.

  • Roll of Honour (east wall)

    Roll of Honour (east wall)

    Members of the Wesley Church congregation who responded to the call to serve their country during the Great War of 1914-1918 (now known as World War I) are listed on the Honour Board on the east wall of the Church. This board also indicates those individuals who gave their lives during the conflict.

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Auditorium

  • Kitchen

    Kitchen

    There is a kitchen with the basic kitchen facilities in it, which allows the people to bring in pre-make food into the auditorium and reheat the food when it’s time to cater the food. There are Refrigerator, microwave over, three-shelf pie over, two electric hotplates, two autoboil unit, two single sinks and a commercial dishwasher. These facilities can cater up to 100 persons.

  • Stage & Piano

    Stage & Piano

    This stage is to allow events to have performances on the day and the speaker can have a few words with the people that present on that day.

    This piano allows people to perform piano pieces during the event.

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Committee Room

  • Tables and Chairs

    Tables and Chairs

    There are tables and chairs to put in position in the room whenever there is any activity or event.

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Tea Shoppe

  • The Tea Shoppe opened for business on the 27th October 1980 as a new way to produce income to help with the running costs of Wesley and all profits then going to Lifeline.

    The Tea Shoppe is unique as it is the only business of its kind that has operated throughout its history, staffed and maintained entirely by volunteers.

    The Tea Shoppe has given away around $400,000 over the last thirty years. The Tea Shoppe closed on the 13th December 2020.

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