Words from the streets of Kings Cross and Bondi Beach

About Jon Owen

I am the Pastor and CEO of Wayside Chapel. I write with my heart wide open and my eyes looking at life. I am a philosopher, a dreamer, a tower of weakness, a leader and a follower, a husband and a father and I hope to give you a flavour of life by the wayside.

Ready, Willing and Grateful

Dear Inner Circle, Ever since we opened our doors weddings have played a deeply significant role in Wayside’s life and history. Some famous characters have

Not Husband Material

Dear Inner Circle, Over two decades ago, two young people enrolled in an “Immersion Course”. It involved 48 hours of being on the streets and

Amazing Grass

Dear Inner Circle, I’ve missed writing to you, welcome back for another year of life by the Wayside. I can’t guarantee any fairy tale endings

There’s a Crack in Everything

Dear Inner Circle, On a trip to country NSW recently, one of our Board members, wearing a Wayside t-shirt, fell into a conversation with a

Overlooked Gems

Dear Inner Circle, Mornings are a favourite time and no two are the same. Today I was beckoned by a man with a wizened old

A New Foundation

Dear Inner Circle, This year has been a bit of a dog of a year, in that it has felt like it has stretched itself

Lighting a Candle

Dear Inner Circle, For us, one of the lessons of 2020 has been that nothing is inevitable outside of risk, courage and effort. A few

Behind the Scenes

Dear Inner Circle, This note is quite a different one to the usual weekly stories of life by the Wayside, but it is of no less importance. Back in

A Listening Ear

Dear Inner Circle, A while back a young woman sat worriedly in a doctor’s consulting room. She wasn’t the patient but was nervously shuffling around

A Place Prepared for Everyone

Dear Inner Circle, Identity as a marker of connection is a sign of health in a culture that exalts individual accomplishments above all else. When