News & notices - 7 June 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 7 June edition of UC e-News.


2017 Uniting Foundation Grants

Applications for the 2017 Uniting Foundation grant round are now open. Eligible projects include those that can demonstrate a capacity to develop leadership skills, increase missional effectiveness and grow disciples. To access criteria, application forms and further information please click here.


National Uniting Church History Conference – starts Friday!

Registrations are still open for the National Uniting Church History Conference, “All of this is us; A Pilgrim People 40 years on”, which will be held at Pilgrim Uniting Church from Friday 9 to Monday 12 June. The event has a packed program and will include plenty of time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Uniting Church in Australia. To view the program, register or find out more, please click here.


Homestay volunteers required

The Uniting Church SA will welcome youth and young adults from the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) as part of the ongoing partnership between the two churches. Twelve young people will visit Adelaide between Monday 31 July and Monday 7 August, 2017. Volunteers are needed to help the visitors experience “Australian living” by providing a homestay for up to three nights. The young people will have a program of activities to attend during the day, but require dinner and a place to sleep.

To find out more about how to volunteer, please contact Naomi Duke via email at


In memoriam

Uniting Church SA Moderator Rev Sue Ellis has been notified that two people with connections to the Uniting Church SA have recently passed away, and has been asked to pass along the details to the wider church body.

Author and editor Christobel Mattingley, who most recently edited Our Mob, God’s Story, wrote to advise of the passing of her husband, David Mattingley, on Friday 2 June. His funeral will be held on Friday 9 June at 12noon at St David’s Anglican Church (488-496 Glynburn Road, Burnside). Christobel has asked for this message to be passed along to as many people as possible, and writes that she “would love our UC friends to be present to celebrate David’s long life of service to others and to God”.

Vivienne Davis, wife of Rev Rob Davis, also passed away recently. She served alongside her husband at Broken Hill, Lameroo, Kent Town, Glenelg, Western Eyre, Morialta, Henley and Bordertown before Rob’s retirement in 1992. Her funeral will be held on Tuesday 13 June at Dernancourt Uniting Church. Please check the Adelaide Advertiser or the Adelaide Now tributes page for the time of the service in the coming days.


Positive Parenting 2017 – Encourage More, Praise Less

The Effective Living Centre will hold another of their Positive Parenting sessions on Wednesday 21 June at 7.30pm. Focussing on the theme “Encourage More, Praise Less”, the session aims to help parents and/or caregivers find the balance between praise and encouragement. Donna Broadhurst, an experienced counsellor, will give some practical tips on when to praise and how to encourage. For more information, please visit the Facebook page here.

Lefevre celebration

All past and present Lefevre Peninsula residents are invited to a celebration service to recognise the Church’s presence on the Lefevre Peninsula since 1900. The event will be held at
Lefevre Uniting Church on Sunday 25 June at 10am. The service will be followed by a birthday lunch with a cost of $5 per person. RSVPs are essential for catering purposes. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Rev Angie Griffin on 0412 065 803.


Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI)

EAPPI is a program of the World Council of Churches that brings international volunteers to Palestine and Israel to offer protective presence for vulnerable communities, and monitor human rights abuses. EAPPI advocate for a just peace, and work alongside Palestinians and Israelis who non-violently pursue peace. EAPPI-Australia is seeking funding for continued participation of Australian volunteers. For more information, please visit the website or 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 the National UCA History Conference at Pilgrim Uniting Church, a youth and young adults visual arts evening at The Corner Uniting Church, a Uniting Church anniversary service with President Stuart McMillan at Pilgrim Uniting Church, and the launch of the Marion Congress Faith Community at Marion 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.



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Teaching events from the Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts

As well as supporting the upcoming Transforming Worship conference (see details below), the Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts has a number of other training events taking place over the coming months.

“Shaping Worship, Shaping Worshippers” is a masterclass series for worship leaders and team members that will explore topics such as space setting, symbolic gesture, living the lectionary, and spiritual practices. It will be held weekly on Mondays over four sessions from 21 August to 11 September at Café Fellini in North Adelaide.

“Integrity, Passion, Call: Preaching in Today’s World” is a conversation series for ministers and preachers to discuss developing and strengthening preaching skills. It will provide an opportunity to connect with, and learn from, fellow preachers. The four sessions will take place on Mondays fortnightly from 14 August to 25 September at La Scala Café in Unley.

For more information on either of these series, please email


Lunchbreak series at Scots

A new chamber music series called “Lunchbreak” will soon launch at Scots Church Adelaide. The program will mostly feature classical music, with some exceptions, and performances from nationally- and internationally-recognised musicians.

Two series of three concerts each will be held with the first series taking place in June, and a second over October and November.

The June series will run weekly on Fridays from 1.10-2pm, starting on Friday 16 June and ending on Friday 30 June. Each session costs $12.

For more information, please call 0404 344 167 or email


Act for Peace Ration Challenge

Join more than 10,000 incredible people across Australia, living on refugee rations for the Act for Peace Ration Challenge during Refugee Week (18-25 June). Participants in the Ration Challenge will help to raise money and awareness for communities threatened by conflict and disaster.

For more information, please click here.


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