News & notices - 3 May 2017

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Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 3 May edition of UC e-News.


Blue Mothers Day service

On Wednesday 10 May at 5.30pm, Pilgrim Uniting Church will host a gentle, reflective service for those who feel ‘blue’ on Mothers Day. This will be a time for people to seek solace, support and understanding. The service will be followed by light refreshments. For more information, please download the flyer or contact Rev Sandy Boyce on 0409 283 004 or


Submissions regarding recognition in the Australian Constitution

What do you think about a future referendum being held in Australia to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution?

The Referendum Council has invited all Australians to have their say on constitutional recognition, and continue an open and constructive national conversation about this important issue. 

There are a number of ways to join the conversation, including by completing a formal submission to the council using the form available here. You can also email your submission to the Referendum Council at

Before completing your submission, you should read the council’s discussion paper, or a plain English introduction to the issues.

Submissions will close on Monday 8 May, 2017.


Volunteer computer tutor

St Andrews by the Sea Uniting Church in Glenelg is looking for a volunteer to assist members from the community with basic computer skills. Classes have previously been held on a Tuesday from 1.30-2.30pm in the computer room located in the church hall, but the day and time for future sessions is negotiable. For further information, please contact Adam on 8295 1771 or email


White Pages update

Amendments to Whites Pages directory listings are due by 23 June 2017 (Adelaide metro) and 8 December 2017 (rural and regional). Churches are asked to please check their listing and advise of any changes by the end of May. Please be aware that added details (phone numbers, ministers’ names, email addresses, websites, etc.) will incur extra fees. Please send any changes to Chris Jaensch via email at


150 years at Hope Valley

Hope Valley Uniting Church will celebrate their 150th anniversary over four events from Friday 12 to Sunday 21 May. Established in 1867, the church has a long history of ministry and community service in the Hope Valley area, and is now one of the largest Uniting Church congregations in South Australia. The congregation is inviting all in the Uniting Church and beyond to join them in celebrating their 150th anniversary! The events being held are:

Friday 12 May, 7pm – Worship & Celebration Event, “150 years of songs and stories that honour God”

Thursday 18 May, 2pm – Hymn Afternoon

Saturday 20 May, 1-5pm – Community Day

Sunday 21 May, 9am, 10am & 6pm – Sunday Services


Mothers Day – UnitingWorld

UnitingWorld’s Everything in Common gift catalogue offers a lot of wonderful options for Mothers Day (Sunday 14 May)! Check out the catalogue here and order by Thursday 4 May to ensure gifts arrive by Mothers Day.


Nunyara Conference Centre – June long weekend

Do you have a church camp coming up? Why not come to Nunyara at Belair for the June long weekend? Nunyara offers a fully catered site, 20 mins from the CBD and accessible by public transport. Other dates are also available. Special Uniting Church rates are available. For more information, please contact Nunyara on 8278 1673 or email


Reconciliation Week & the Pilgrimage of Healing – preparation

Reconciliation Week is coming up (May 27- June 3), and it’s time to start thinking about what your church can do to mark the occasion. Reconciliation Week is held to commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the Mabo decision. The week is an opportunity to connect with the broader community to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.

During Reconciliation Week, the Uniting Church SA will be running the annual Pilgrimage of Healing. This year the fundraising effort will go towards supporting young people in the Congress faith community in Oodnadatta. Young people in Oodnadatta are enthusiastic about the church and this year’s support will help provide more opportunities for engagement and training.

For ideas, information and resources, please visit


Girls’ Brigade

Girls' Brigade is an international Christian organisation focusing on the physical, educational, social and spiritual growth of all girls. The Girls’ Brigade group at Adelaide West Uniting Church runs weekly on Mondays from 6.30-8pm during school term, and caters for all girls aged from 5-18. For more information, please contact Joan on 0403 793 871 or email


Free advertising in RISE Refresh

UC e-News and New Times offer opportunities for Uniting Church congregations and affiliated organisations to advertise events, volunteer call-outs and resources (for free), and positions vacant (for a fee) with the wider Uniting Church community. But sometimes people want to spread the news beyond this community, and RISE Refresh is offering an opportunity for people to do this – for free!

RISE Refresh is the email newsletter of RISE magazine, an Adelaide-based, non-denominational publication. They are offering an opportunity for organisations to advertise their positions vacant (paid or voluntary), events and other announcements for free. RISE Refresh emails are sent out towards the end of each month. For more information, please email


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 Mostly Music @ Malvern featuring the SA Police Dixieland Band, a concert at Marion Uniting Church, A Thin Place at The Corner Uniting Church, a fashion parade at Colonel Light Gardens Uniting Church, and a ‘blue’ Mothers Day service at Pilgrim Uniting Church.

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.

Commissioning service

A commissioning service for Pastor Dianne Holden will be held at Rosefield Uniting Church on Thursday 4 May at 7pm. All are welcome to attend this special service as Dianne begins her Ministry of Pastor role at Rosefield.


Pastoral Notes

At the start of 2017, a new subscriber list was started for people wishing to receive Pastoral Notes. These emails from the Moderator mainly reflect on the lives and ministry of Uniting Church SA leaders who have recently passed away.

To be added to the Pastoral Note subscriber list, please email


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017

In 2017, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Australia will be observed from 28 May - 4 June, in the week between Ascension and Pentecost. Resources on this year’s theme, “Reconciliation - The Love of Christ Compels Us” (2 Corinthians 5:14-20), have been developed through the National Council of Churches in Australia. The resources are available here.


Meet the Principal

Thinking of taking up some study next semester? Not sure what to pick? Rev Prof Andrew Dutney, Principal of Uniting College for Leadership & Theology, may be able to open your mind to course suggestions in the fields of ministry, theology or leadership.

Uniting College’s “Meet the Principal” event provides an opportunity for you to meet Andrew and other faculty members in a relaxed environment. They will be sharing more about the College, our students, our vision, our courses, and how you can become part of it all! Andrew will be available for a chat and will be ready to answer your study-related questions. 

The event will be held at Uniting College (Adelaide College of Divinity campus, 34 Lipsett Terrace, Brooklyn Park) on Tuesday 16 May at 4pm. If you wish to attend this event, please RSVP by Friday 12 May.

Remember: you are never too old (or too young!) to take up some study!


Church signs

Have you looked at your church sign recently? It is tired and weary? Does it display current information? Your church sign is the invitation into your congregation so it’s important that it is welcoming and up-to-date!

The Uniting Church SA Communications team would love to help you revitalise your sign. For more information, please email


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