Thousands are expected to attend the events on the streets of Sydney and at the State Theatre.
Mark Scott AO, a senior Officer of Wesley Mission and Managing Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, will join Wesley Mission Superintendent the Rev Dr Keith Garner in hosting the event, with contributions by The Hon Barry O’Farrell MP, Premier of New South Wales and The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Federal Minister for Health.
The service, Celebrate 200, will also feature a multimedia presentation, drama and a performance by acclaimed Australian singer and entertainer, Silvie Paladino, who has performed in senior roles in Miss Saigon, Cats and Les Miserables.
The service will be preceded by a procession - a March of Witness - from Martin Place to the State Theatre beginning at 2.15 pm. Those taking part will include Wesley Mission staff, church and community leaders, volunteers and supporters. A re-enactment of one of the first meetings of Methodists will be conducted on stage at the Martin Place Amphitheatre prior to the march.
The event at the State Theatre begins at 2.40 pm.
The significant community work Wesley Mission is known for today has its roots in the pioneering care begun by the first Methodists in Sydney in 1812. In the ensuing years they initiated many of the welfare services known today in areas such as aged care, homelessness and family services. Today Wesley Mission is one of Australia’s largest church charities with more than 2000 staff and 3000 volunteers, and over 150 programs of care. It is also Australia’s largest Uniting Church parish with more than 2000 worshippers.