News & notices - 30 August 2017

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Red Dove Café *NEW LOCATION*

The Red Dove Café has a new location in the South Eastern corner of the Wayville Showgrounds (near the Exhibition Dairy and Horse Area - view map here).

The Red Dove Cafe will be opening at the 2017 Show in a brand new location and we look forward to serving everyone who visits. Come see us!

  • Open early for hot breakfasts, award-winning scones, home made cakes, curry and much much more
  • Plenty of seating and room for strollers/families with young children
  • 100% Not-For-Profit 
  • Free jelly for the kids with family meals purchased

Since 1951 the Uniting Church Red Dove Cafe (formerly the Methodist Mission Cafeteria) has operated at the Royal Adelaide Show. Over 65+ years, the volunteer-run cafe has raised millions of dollars in today's terms, supporting various Christian projects in the South Australian community. Funds raised at the cafe are only spent on projects within SA, giving support to people with complex needs, and with a focus on those who are most marginalised.

Small grants available

Australian Church Women SA Unit Inc advises that small grants are available through Jubilee 150 Trust for women who, through lack of funds, are unable to undertake a course, attend training programs or purchase equipment to benefit them and their families. The applicant needs to be sponsored by a Christian Church body or individual office bearer of a Christian group. The applicant herself is not necessarily a church attendee. Sponsors are asked to apply in writing by the last Friday in September; grants will be presented in November. Enquiries and leaflets are available from the Trust Convenor, Lynne Hook, who can be contacted on 0419 835 882 or via email at

Receptive Ecumenism: Fourth International Conference - Leaning into the Spirit: discernment, decision-making and reception 

This conference runs from Monday 6 November to Thursday 9 November 2017 at University House, Australian National University, Canberra. There are numerous speakers including: Rev Dr Vicky Balabanski, Flinders University Co-Director, and Biblical Studies Uniting College for Leadership & Theology, Australia. To register and find out more, visit:

Sharing Our Story - for Church Small Groups

There's a wound in our nation that affects everyone who calls Australia home...We all know there's something wrong, however most Australians can't quite put their finger on what it is and don't know how to start making things right. As we dive a little deeper, we come across a recent history of pain and injustice for Indigenous people that's contributed to the disconnect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians today.  Sharing Our Story is specifically designed as a resource for small groups within a church setting and is supported by an extensive Leader’s Guide and promotional materials.  See


Upcoming events

The majority of Uniting Church SA events are listed on the upcoming events list here.

Some of the events coming up this week are

Check out the full list to see other exciting events happening in the coming weeks! Events can be submitted to the list here.


Didn’t read the last “News & notices”? The items below are ones you might want to catch up on.

Living Water Men’s Conference 2017

The annual Living Water Men's Conference will take place at Emmaus Campsite and Halbury Oval from 6-8 October in 2017. This year, the conference will welcome Craig Bailey as the keynote speaker.

Every year approximately 250 men gather from all walks of life for a great weekend of worship, fellowship and encouragement. It's hosted by the local churches of Balaklava and is a Christ-focussed, non-denominational Christian men's event. This is a great opportunity to encourage men, young and old (12 years and upward).

The conference is fully catered, and registration includes dormitory accommodation for up to 40 people supplemented by limitless camping space on the oval. Early bird rates are available until 8 September and are just $95 for the whole weekend. Day registration is also available. Registrations can be made using the details below.

For more information, please visit or contact Kirsti McPharlin on 0490 519 218 or

Act for Peace news

Act for Peace news reports that in response to the East Africa Crisis over 200 families in the most dire need have been provided with essential survival rations and further support is being distributed. Gifts in response to this appeal have also assisted over 2,200 thirsty children and families to access clean, safe drinking water. Further donations are still needed.  For more information, please visit

Resthaven wins National Better Practice Award

Resthaven was recently awarded one of two National Better Practice Awards by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency’s (Quality Agency) at a Better Practice Awards Reception event at the Sofitel Sydney.

Better Practice Awards are presented each year for projects, initiatives or programs that act as exemplars for other aged care service providers to assist and to encourage improvement to care and services. The awards recognise and disseminate better practice and innovation across the broad spectrum of aged care services.

The Better Practice Award 2017 was presented for Resthaven’s Wellness and Reablement in Home Care model in the inaugural National Innovation and Excellence in Aged Care awards. This new higher tier of Better Practice Awards recognises providers, nationally, demonstrating leading edge, innovative practices in aged care that represent ‘excellence’.


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Building support for a growing community

The Pilgrimage of Healing runs annually during Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June) and offers support for the development of Indigenous communities within the Uniting Church SA. In 2018, the focus will be on Oodnadatta Faith Community’s vision for a new church building.


Call for peace and unity in South Sudan

The South Sudanese Christian community in Australia united to call for harmony and reconciliation as the third round of peace talks to resolve the African conflict began last week.


News & notices - 23 May 2018

This week's news and notices from congregations, the SA Presbytery and Synod, and the wider Uniting Church.


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