What is Chapel by the Sea about?
Creating Community for Good is Chapel by the Sea's mission. The Chapel has a great vision to grow our good works, becoming ‘As Iconic as Bondi Itself’.
For us, everything begins and ends with community. Creating good, doing good, sharing good. Feeling good about ourselves and others. Our programs are designed to connect people. Building a sense of community, inclusive of all faiths and people.
Being a Mission means that we provide community based services to Bondi and the Eastern Suburbs. Our goal is to turn good intentions into great action with a large dose of compassion.
Our programs are designed to: connect people and break down the facelessness of modern urban communities – you care more for the people you know; provide a helping hand to those who are struggling in life and a means to get back onto their own path; connect people with the opportunity for growth, prosperity, and sense of belonging; shepherding our environment and leaving it improved for the next generation.
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Chapel by the Sea Mission at Bondi began as a Chapel of the Methodist Church of Australia in 1889. As times and values changed, the Chapel became a part of the Uniting Church in 1971. It became a source of inspiration for many other fledging Churches across Sydney’s expanding urban developments.
In 1971, under the leadership of Rev Clyde Dominish, the Chapel was relocated to 95 Roscoe Street, an area originally known as O’Brien’s Bush; this being land that backs directly onto Bondi Beaches’ foreshore.
Rev Clyde was a visionary in the way he set-up our Mission. Long before the term ‘Social Venture’ had even been coined, he built retail stores on the ground floor of our main building and opened preschools within Bondi for the unemployed or single mothers as a way to help them get back into the workforce and improve their lives. This meant the Chapel had a revenue stream and was never totally reliant on donations.
Today, our revenues still fund the majority our good works programs such as Norman Andrews House and community events. Currently the Chapel receives rental income from our portfolio of four retail properties in Bondi Beach, runs two kindergartens and two Op Shops, and does a small amount of trade in venue hire.
Interested in reading more details about our history? See Reaching Out by Margaret Green B.A. (Hons.) – A History of Methodism of the Bondi (Wellington Street) Circuit. Written to mark its Centenary Year – 1989. [A5 format 955Kb]
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- connect people and break down the facelessness of modern urban communities – you care more for the people you know;
- provide a helping hand to those who are struggling in life and a means to get back onto their own path;
- connect people, those wanting or in need, with the opportunity for growth, prosperity, and sense of belonging;
- shepherd our environment and leaving it improved for the next generation.
Chapel by the Sea is a community hub for the exploration of spirituality, justice, community building, creativity and human and eco-solidarity. We are inclusive of all faiths, including agnostics and atheists and all people. We have developed a range of programs and made the Chapel available to other groups with these goals.
The Chapel's ministry, under the leadership of Rev John Queripel, seeks to promote Jesus as a liberating life-giver. At the heart of Jesus’ ministry is his commitment to the vision of a society where right relations would be present between all people. To that end we work toward justice, peace, harmony and reconciliation with a particular concern for the poor and marginalized both in our community and the world.
Chapel by the Sea celebrates the Christian faith – that God loves us all and entered our world as the man Jesus Christ to bring us forgiveness, joy, hope and peace. We also believe life is to be celebrated as something beautiful and creative. The Chapel service and programs are open to all those interested in building a stronger community and helping others. Our congregation and volunteers share their skills, passions and ideas at our events, community and childcare centres, for which we are truly grateful.
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JACKIE CLACK - ADMINISTRATION
Jackie is our finance coordinator and administrator. She has been with the Chapel for over 25 years and as such is our 'Historian' on all things related to the Chapel and all its enterprises. She is also the friendly face you’ll most likely first encounter on phoning or entering the Chapel
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