News & notices - 10 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 10 May edition of UC e-News.


PLEASE NOTE: In the Wednesday 3 May edition of UC e-News the link included for "News & notices" incorrectly took readers to the notices for the prior week (26 April). To read the correct notices for Wednesday 3 May, please click here. The notices below are for Wednesday 10 May.


Mothers Day

Mothers Day will take place this Sunday 14 May. Here are a few special events and resources:

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

The Uniting Church SA Intergen team have prepared a number of Mothers’ Day resources over past years. They are available here.


About FACE 2017 – applications close Friday 12 May!

The 2017 About FACE program runs from 24 June to 8 July. It will include: bringing people together from across the life of the national Uniting Church for a few days of briefing; a week visiting UAICC - Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress communities in Northern Australia; and a time of debriefing and discussions. Applications for About FACE 2017 close at 5pm on Friday 12 May.

For more information, please visit or email


June Presbytery & Synod meeting

A reminder that the June Presbytery and Synod meeting has moved to Friday 23 and Saturday 24 June (originally it was to be held on Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July). This change was made to accommodate the National President’s Ministers Conference being held in Darwin from Thursday 29 June to Sunday 2 July.


Uniting Leaders 2017 conference program

The program for the 2017 Uniting Leaders conference is now available online! Visit the Uniting Leaders website here for more information on the program and how to register, or download the program pdf directly here.

For more information, please visit the Facebook event page or email


Resources for Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation Week is coming up (27 May – 3 June), and now is the time to start thinking about what your church can do to mark the occasion. Churches are encouraged to participate by incorporating themes of reconciliation into their services.

The Pilgrimage of Healing, the Uniting Church SA’s annual Reconciliation Week appeal, will be held again in 2017. This year the fundraising effort will go towards supporting young people in the Congress faith community in Oodnadatta get access to further training and faith development. For more information, please download the flyer here.

Copies of Denise Champion’s book Yarta Wandatha have been restocked by Mission Resourcing and are now available from the Synod office. Copies cost $25 each, plus postage. For more information about purchasing the book, please contact Bev Freeman on 8236 4243 or email

For ideas about how your church and community can get involved in this week, or how you can donate to the Pilgrimage of Healing, please visit


Sprinkle or Splash: Theology and Practice of Baptism

Why do we baptise? Who do we baptise? What does the Uniting Church say?

Baptism is a complicated sacrament in a complex world of spirituality, tradition and religion. Explore the Uniting Church theology of baptism and share conversation around examples of the complexity with which this is lived out at this event held by the Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts.

The session will include input from Dr Deidre Palmer, Rev Sean Gilbert, Rev Tony Eldridge and Rev Sandy Boyce. It will be held at Rosefield Uniting Church on Tuesday 30 May at 7pm. Cost: $10pp; $50 for unlimited participation from a community. For more information, please visit


Connecting with Uniting Church SA on social media

The Uniting Church SA Facebook pages provide an avenue to regularly share news, events, photos and other information with the wider church community. The two main Facebook pages are:

Uniting Church Uniting People:

Uniting Church SA Youth and Young Adults:

Does your church have a Facebook page? Remember to tag “Uniting Church. Uniting People.” Next time you post something you’d like to share with the wider Uniting Church community!

Uniting Church SA also has a Twitter page:

And a Uniting Church SA Youth Instagram account:


National Uniting Church History Conference

The National UCA Historical Conference is being hosted by the Uniting Church SA Historical Society and Pilgrim Uniting Church in 2017. The event will be held at Pilgrim from Friday 9 to Monday 12 June. The conference will include the launch of the new national UCA Historical Society. President Stuart McMillan will be in attendance, along with other significant Uniting Church leaders.

For more information on registration and the program, please click here.


Dying Well conference

The Dying Well conference will be held at Nunyara Conference Centre in Belair on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 June, 2017. The conference will inform attendees about many aspects of dying with the aim of helping people to have hopeful conversations and make plans to meet a dying person’s needs. Run by Baptist Care, the conference has previously been attended by Uniting Church members and this year includes input from Dr Lawrie Palmer.

For more information on registration and speakers, please click here or register directly via Eventbrite here.


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 Hope Valley Uniting Church’s 150th anniversary celebrations, a garage sale at The Corner Uniting Church, an open day at Port Adelaide Uniting Church for History Month, Uniting College’s Meet the Principal event, the Feast or Famine Dinner and Sacred Concert events at Kadina Wesley Uniting Church, an expo on healthy ageing at Resthaven Marion Community Services, Cornish pasty making at Wallaroo Uniting Church, and the first in a series of mental health seminars at The Corner 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.

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


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


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.


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