Messy Church is a phenomenon that has taken many by surprise. Local Messy Church practitioners Jenny Carver and Judyth Roberts spoke to New Times about Messy Church, its rewards and the Australasian Messy Church Conference.
Five things to click this week
Posted in Culture
New and interesting articles, videos, photographs and other content are posted online every day. Here are five recent items that may interest the Uniting Church SA community.
Have you read, watched or browsed an interesting item recently? Please send suggestions for links to include in future “Five things” posts in the comments section below or email them to email@example.com
West Coast Sentinel
Volunteer screening may no longer cost individuals or organisations following recent announcements from major political parties ahead of the state election on Saturday 17 March. This article details information about the fees and screenings, and includes input from the Minister for Volunteers and Ceduna Uniting Church op shop volunteers.
The Bible Society
This new initiative from the Bible Society invites people to sign up to receive text messages from people within the Easter story, such as Judas, Matthew and Peter. Texts will be sent from Palm Sunday through to Easter Monday. This is a free service: people who sign up will only be charged a standard SMS rate when they sent a message to register. Click the link in the title to find out more about the initiative and how to sign up!
Many Uniting Churches apply for grants from the government, the church and other organisations for various projects, initiatives and events. But what makes a good grant application? This article from the Funding Centre provides an excellent summary of the kinds of information that should be included.
National Close the Gap Day takes place on Thursday 15 March. This day provides an opportunity for people across Australia to stand together, unified in the need for urgent action on Indigenous health issues and the life expectancy gap. Close the Gap was an initiative started by Oxfam Australia 10 years ago, and this page includes information about the initiative. A Facebook page here includes information about the initiative and National Close the Gap Day.
In February 2018, Rev Tim Hein released his new book, Understanding sexual abuse: a guide for ministry leaders and survivors. He wrote it to “provide a clear and accessible introduction to understanding the complex trauma resulting from sexual abuse” for both survivors and Christian ministry leaders. This blog post includes information about where to purchase the book, how to access the audio book version, and endorsements for the book.
More from Culture
Cooking is something of an art form – one that many people struggle to master. An initiative at Dernancourt Uniting Church aims to help men over the age of 50 who lack confidence in the kitchen.
Rev Phil Gardner (Executive Officer, Pastoral Relations and Mission Planning) has written a review of Tim Hein’s new book, “Understanding sexual abuse: a guide for ministry leaders and survivors”, which was officially launched on Monday 30 April.