News & Notices - 5 April 2017

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News & notices – 5 April 2017

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 5 April edition of UC e-News.


Lay leaders training survey for Uniting Church ministers

Uniting College for Leadership & Theology is seeking collaboration with ministers to identify the training needs of lay leaders. This information will be used to develop and plan training in Certificate IV in Christian Life and Ministry in Semester 2.

Ministers are encouraged to complete a five-minute survey to aid the College in serving and supporting congregations in the discipleship and equipping of local lay leaders. The survey is available online here and further information is available in a document here.

President’s National Ministers Conference #1 – Darwin

The first 2017 President’s National Ministers Conference will be held in Darwin from Thursday 29 June to Sunday 2 July. The early bird discount for registration has recently been extended until Thursday 27 April.

The conference will provide an opportunity for conversation on recognition, sovereignty and treaty for First Nation Peoples, building on the 2015 Assembly resolution to spend time talking about what it would mean for our practises as Church to recognise First People as sovereign.

The Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, together with the Northern Regional Council of Congress, will have a strong presence at the conference. They will provide input and facilitate discussions about the justice themes of treaty, sovereignty, reconciliation, climate, environment and the theology of land.

Keynote speakers will address topics such as the Doctrine of Discovery, assumptions about mission, Indigenous seasonal knowledge, and the importance of heart language in Bible translation.

This is an opportunity for ministers and those in ministry across Australia to gain new insights, be challenged in their thinking, and help further a broader national conversation.

More information is available on the registration page here, the conference fee and accommodation page here, and the general conference page here.

President’s National Ministers Conference #2- Adelaide

Uniting Leaders 2017 has released a $99 student ticket. The $99 ticket is for full-time students who would like to attend Uniting Leaders in Adelaide from the 22 – 24 August. The price includes all morning and afternoon teas, lunches and three days of conference focussed on raising up leaders within the Uniting Church. Find out more here.

Celebrating one year of lay ministry

One year ago, a Lay Ministry Team was commissioned to lead the Moonta and Districts Uniting Church Parish. The team has been reappointed and has just commenced its second year. The team would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support as the Parish looks to the future.

About FACE (Faith and Cultural Exchange) 2017

About FACE is a national Uniting Church program where participants are provided the opportunity to spend time living in a Congress faith community. The next About FACE will be held from 24 June to 8 July, with applications closing on Friday 12 May.

Coordinators recently announced that the Vic/Ta Synod have agreed to host About FACE 2017 on behalf of the Assembly. This will be the fourth program that Vic/Tas have run since 2009, and they are partnering with the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress to run the 2017 event.

Information is now available online (on the About FACE website and the Facebook page) and informative resources (postcards, posters, etc.) can be supplied to congregations upon request. For more information or to obtain resources, please contact Jill Cooper-Ruzbacky on (03) 9251 566 or email

Meet the Principal

Looking to study next semester? The Uniting College of Leadership and Theology have organised a ‘Meet the Principal’ event for Tuesday 16 May from 4-5.30pm. It is an opportunity to learn about the range of courses on offer at Uniting College and to meet lecturers along with the Principal, Rev Prof Andrew Dutney. Find out more here.

Exploring More: God in the news stories of the week

In a world full of news stories we are prompted to ask - Where is God in this? Young adults are invited to a new and informal group to reflect on faith and current affairs. These gatherings will take place on Mondays throughout May and also Monday 5 June from 6.30pm at Rosefield Uniting Church, 2 Carlton Street, Highgate. Includes a payment of $5 for a shared pizza tea. For more details and to RSVP, contact Rosefield UCA on 8271 9528 or email:

Correct postage

Recently there has been an increase in the number of envelopes received by the Synod office with incorrect postage, resulting in an additional charge payable by Synod. Please ensure that the correct value of stamps is used, including for envelopes containing police check forms. Thank you for your assistance.

Easter service details

The Communications team invites all Uniting Church SA congregations and faith communities to submit their Easter service details to be listed here on the Uniting Church SA website. Please send the time, date and location of your services, along with the service type (Easter Day dawn service, Good Friday service, etc.) to

Anangu Lands Paper Tracker update

The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker is an online project coordinated by Uniting Communities that was established in mind-2007 to monitor government commitments to Anangu (Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara peoples) and advocate for delivery of infrastructure, community services and programs. The Paper Tracker recently released their first newsletter for 2017, which includes information on what has been happening with the project over the past few months. The newsletter is available to view online here.

Fundraising invitation from the Moderator

On the World Day of Prayer, Uniting Church SA Moderator Rev Sue Ellis led a service for the Northern Suburbs Dinka-Speaking Faith Community (NSDSFC). At the event, she was told about an initiative being supported by Creators of Peace (SA), the NSDSFC and other South Sudanese friends in Adelaide to take two containers of food and equipment to South Sudan later in 2017.

The United Nations officially declared South Sudan to be in a state of famine in February 2017; the containers would provide valuable support to communities in the region. Containers have previously been sent in 2016 to provide food, clothing, wheelchairs, hospital beds and books. Despite conflict between five tribes in the area, they came together in peace to equally share these donated items.

For the 2017 project, funding is required in addition to goods. It will cost at least $35,000 to get the two containers through Kenya and Uganda into South Sudan. To help raise funds for this initiative, Creator of Peace will hold a fundraising movie night. At 7.30pm on Monday 29 May, the group will screen The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe at the Capri Theatre in Goodwood. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased online here.

Rev Sue Ellis will be attending the event and encourages Uniting Church SA members to support this initiative.

For more information, please contact Bek Brown on 0432 834 769.

UnitingCare Synergy: Electricity small meters contract update

Church Resources has received information on the rollover of the AGL discount contract in place for small electricity meters in the name of the Uniting Church. If your congregation is already on the contract, this rollover will occur automatically. Click here for information on the contract or how to join. For more money saving ideas go to or contact Synergy via or phone 8236 4263.



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 a sacred and creative art event coordinated by the Effective Living Centre and the Art Gallery of South Australia, a jumble sale and market day at Summertown Uniting Church, Broadview Uniting Church’s Autumn Fair, an Easter Fair at Gawler Uniting Church, Messy Easter at Westbourne Park Uniting Church, and the Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees.

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.

Free mentoring training opportunity

A free training day for mentors will be held at Uniting College for Leadership & Theology from 9.30am on Monday 29 May. Mentoring can provide friendship, support and guidance to others, especially younger and newer Christians. The training will focus on the values that underpin the mentoring process. RSVPs are required for catering purposes.

Please RSVP to Ann Philips on 8416 8449 or

For more information on mentoring and the upcoming training day, please contact Judyth Roberts:

Shelter from the Storm – 19-day devotional

Rev Christy Capper has produced a 19-day devotional series based on Scriptures and the Uniting Church’s “Shelter from the Storm” asylum seeker policy. The devotional series has been created to help church members to prayerfully consider Christian responses to those seeking refuge in Australia. The studies consist of a piece of Scripture followed by a paragraph from “Shelter from the Storm”. The series is available for download here.

40 days of prayer - daily devotion

In preparation for the Uniting Church’s 40th anniversary on Thursday 22 June, Moderator Rev Sue Ellis will release daily devotions and prayers for members of the Uniting Church SA. This is a response to a call for 40 days of prayer from the President and all Moderators of the Uniting Church. These leaders are inviting the whole church to pray and listen for God, as a new future unfolds.

The “40 Days of Prayer” emails will be sent daily from Sunday 14 May to Thursday 22 June. If you would like to subscribe to receive the emails, please add your name and email address to the subscription list here.

Ecumenical bequest to assist in the work of refugees and displaced persons 

Ecumenical Partners for Justice and Peace (EPJP) – a standing committee of the SA Council of Churches – is keen to hear from church-affiliated groups and organisations working to support refugees and displaced persons in the SA community who may be interested in obtaining funding from the bequest to continue or enhance their work.

For more information, go to or contact Ecumenical Partners for Justice and Peace, SA Council of Churches by email at">

The closing Date for receipt of applications is Thursday 6 April, 2017.

Easter worship resources – digital downloads

Rev Sarah Agnew has written and published two digital downloads in time for Easter. The first, With Intuition, Imagination and Love (PDF download), is a service of anointing for Maundy Thursday, with poems, readings and symbolic action. The second, The Best of All Possible News (PDF download), contains monologues from the viewpoints of Mary, Thomas and Peter as they tell the story of the Resurrection. A third download will soon be available on the same website. For more information, please contact Sarah via email at


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