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Culture

Recalling Methodist ministry in Warruwi

On Wednesday 27 July, 2016, over 60 people from across Australia, including several South Australians, joined with the Warruwi (South Goulburn Island) community to mark the centenary of Methodist mission activities that commenced in the region in 1916.

Faith

Reflection of the week

This week's reflection focusses on Isaiah 43:8, renewal and the coming of spring.

News

Refugee summit support

Uniting Church in Australia President Stuart McMillan is calling for a national summit on alternatives to Australia’s refugee policies. His statement comes in the lead-up to two SA events focussed on refugees.

Family

“It left a lasting impression”

Nicole Callen is a long-time Uniting Church SA member and is the Family & Children's Worker at Unity Hill Uniting Church. In this article (part two of three), Nicole shares stories of how church camps have helped her to grow in life and faith.

Faith

Reflection of the week

This week's reflection focusses on Matthew 25:35,40, and explores welcome, love, and sacrifice.

Faith

Recovering lost language in worship

It’s not often that people can call themselves hymn writers these days – but it’s a claim that Rev Don Bell and Dr Maarten Ryder can now boldly make with the launch of their new book. In this article Don talks about writing hymns and the importance of language in worship music.

Leadership

Two weeks in Uganda

On a recent trip to Uganda, Craig Bailey trained local church leaders on the basics of leadership. Craig reflects on his experiences with Ugandan churches and leaders – what he taught, and what he learned in return.

Faith

Reflection of the week

This week's reflection looks at serving in uncomfortable spaces, and God's promise to provide.

Culture

Engaging with cultural identity

A ministry training course aimed at building cultural awareness will be held on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 August. Kemeri Liévano spoke to New Times about why it's vital for churches to engage in the CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) space.

Family

“Church camps are essential”

Nicole Callen is a long-time Uniting Church SA member and is the Family and Children's Worker at Unity Hill Uniting Church. In this article (part one of three on this topic), Nicole reflects on the importance of church camps in her own life.

Faith

Reflection of the week

This week's reflection is centred on spirituality and living each day by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Publications

New Times - August/September 2016

The August/September print edition of New Times is now available to view online or pick up in churches. It features articles about the June Presbytery & Synod meeting, the language we use in worship, understanding cultural identity, the importance of church camps, and much more!

Leadership

Delving into lay preaching

Lay Preachers' Sunday will be held on Sunday 7 August, and provides an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of lay preachers and leaders. This article includes links to resources, and asks the question "what is a lay preacher?"

News

Called to a special Synod

This article looks at background information and context for the special Synod meeting being held at Adelaide West Uniting Church on Friday 19 August at 6.30pm. Please read this article for important information and links.

Culture

“I was hungry and you gave me something to eat”

To mark National Homelessness Week (1-7 August), Bindy Taylor spoke to Rev Sandy Boyce and volunteer Barbara Dawe about programs being offered through Pilgrim Uniting Church to support people who are homeless in Adelaide.

Faith

Reflection of the week

This week's reflection looks at the temptation to gather material items, rather than true treasures, and reflects on Jesus' words: “Where your treasure is, there your heart is also.”