Newtown Mission
Newtown NSW

NSW 2042

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Who is Newtown Mission?
Newtown Mission is a community of Christians in the inner-west of Sydney, passionate about following Jesus, living alongside the vulnerable and sharing God’s good news story.

Newtown Mission is a group of people from diverse social and ethnic backgrounds and various ages.

Newtown Mission is people from all sorts of church backgrounds, united by our commitment to Jesus and living out our mission.

Newtown Mission includes activities in Newtown on King St, Tempe Tongan Fellowship and Annandale Creative Arts Centre.

Newtown Mission is a congregation of the Uniting Church of Australia.

Newtown Mission and the Uniting Church

Newtown Mission traces its roots to a Wesleyan Methodist Church established in Newtown in 1840. Later the church became known as Newtown Methodist Church, with a ministry that encompassed Word and Deed, sharing and living the gospel in words and actions.

In 1977, after years of planning and negotiation, Australia’s first home-grown mainline church was established, drawing together the Methodist Church of Australasia, the Presbyterian Church of Australia and the Congregational Union of Australia to become the Uniting Church. As a Methodist church, Newtown Mission became part of the Uniting Church. The Uniting Church was founded on the ecumenical principle of working together while recognising the diversity of the bodies represented within.

Today the Uniting Church is the third largest Christian denomination in Australia with about 300,000 members across some 2,800 congregations. Decision making is devolved among the many congregations and this administrative structure gives it a strength that enables a flexible, co-operative and ever changing church.

The Uniting Church has a commitment to love God and others. Congregations nurture the spiritual, social and educational growth of members, welcoming people to engage theologically and biblically with the life of the church.

It is fuelled by the belief that Christians are called to bear witness to a unity of faith and life in Jesus Christ which transcends cultural, economic and racial boundaries. To this end, the Uniting Church plays an active role in the political life of Australia, with an eye on the moral, ethical and social issues that shape the nation. The Uniting Church stands alongside marginalised people and seeks to give a voice to those who are most in need.

The Uniting Church has congregations throughout Australia with a broad range of theological and spiritual views and practices, worship styles, social opinions and mission focuses. The Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress is the Aboriginal arm of the church with some 10,000 to 15,000 Aboriginal and Islander people involved. Around five to seven per cent of Uniting Church members worship in languages other than English, representing about 25 different language groups as well as various Aboriginal tribal languages.

The Uniting Church in Australia has made provision in its regulation for parish missions. Under Uniting Church in Australia regulations a Synod, found in most States and Territories, may designate a parish as a parish mission if that parish is responsible for approved ministries of such special character and extent that the parish should be allowed to do one or more of the following:

to look beyond its own membership and bounds for additional persons to assist in the general oversight and management of the responsibilities of the parish
to seek additional financial support by appeal beyond the bounds of the parish, provided that such appeals shall not be addressed to parishes without prior consent of the appropriate body appointed or designated by the Synod

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Newtown Mission
2 Erskineville Road
Newtown, NSW NSW 2042
Phone: 02 9519 9000
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Church Pastor

Rev Graeme Tutt
Rev Graeme Tutt
Senior Minister
2 Erskineville Road
Newtown, NSW NSW 2042
Phone: 02 9519 9000
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Together with God

Newtown Mission God-Gatherings are generally informal, and usually involve a powerful time of praise and prayer with singing, open sharing time, and teaching from the Bible. God-Gatherings are usually followed by morning tea/supper.

Sunday in Newtown – 9.30am and 5pm
Each gathering goes for about an hour and a half.
In the morning there is a Crèche & Kids’ program.
On the first Sunday of the month we get together with the Tongan Fellowship at Newtown for a special bi-cultural worship celebration. We share Communion together as part of this combined gathering.

Thursday in Newtown – 6pm
Before the meal in the Hall on Thursday nights there’s a chance to be part of the Thanksgiving God-gathering in the Chapel. It’s a time for the community to get together for music and an inspiring message of hope for life.

Sunday in Tempe – 1pm
The Tongan Fellowship met in the church at Lymerston St Tempe (except for the first Sunday of the month, when the Fellowship are part of the God-Gathering in Newtown).

Saturday (1st week each month) in Annandale – 4pm: The Meeting Place
The Meeting Place is a space for creative worship in a relaxed setting.

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The history of Newtown Mission began in 1840, with a small group of families gathering in two brick cottages on the corner of Eliza and King Street. The services were held in a room 30×12 feet which was formed by knocking down the diving wall between the two houses.

Due to tremendous growth in the congregation, the decision was made to build a new chapel. Land directly adjacent to the old chapel and school hall was purchased for a sum of 1050 pouds. The foundation stone was laid by the Hon. George Allen on 30th Sept 1859. The building, an excellent example of Wesleyan Methodist architecture, was designed by George Allen Mansfield and constructed by Thomas Abbott.

A new school hall with classrooms and caretaker residences was constructed alongside the man chapel on King Street. The old church on the corner of King and Erskineville Road was demolished to make way for the new school, and the remaining vacant land was sold to Mr Cannon.

St Peter’s Tempe church united with Newtown Methodist Church

During World War 1, 108 members of the congregation in the war.

The church employed several sisters to help with the social work in the church. Sister Ruth Hurst did splendid work in the schools and amongst the women of the mission from 1921 to 1938.

The church was specifically designated a Mission church. The Depression of the 1930s saw much unemployment, and families were being evicted as they were unable to pay rent. Newtown had become working class and the gentry had moved to the surrounding suburbs.

During the 40s and 50s, the chuch was a hub of social activities for the community. The school hall was used as a gymnasium, scouts and guides meeting place and a youth club. The church hall was in use every day of the week.

The Presbyterian and Congregational church united with the Methodist Church to form the Uniting Church. Newtown Methodist Church because Newtown Mission Uniting Church.

The church was characterized by a strong evangelistic focus, emphasis on counselling, rehabilitation, prison ministry, welfare, healing and education. “Messiah College” was founded by Pastor Con Stamos and provided students with a strong foundation in biblical discipleship.

During the ministry of Rev Phil Marshall, the Cornerstone Café was established, featuring live music and a resident band every Saturday night. The employment Initiative program helped provide skills and confidence for people preparing to enter the workforce. And the Tongan worship service was established.

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