News & notices - 12 April 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 12 April edition of UC e-News.


Easter 2017 messages from Australian church leaders

National church leaders from different denominations, including Uniting Church President Stuart McMillan, have shared their Easter messages with the National Council of Churches. They are available to read online here. Uniting Church SA Moderator Sue Ellis has created an Easter message video, which is available to view here. Another Easter message from Sue will also appear in the Adelaide Advertiser on Good Friday.


New National Director for Frontier Services

Jannine Jackson has been appointed as the new National Director of Frontier Services, a national charity of the Uniting Church that raises funds to support a network of Patrol Ministers and delivers practical community support through volunteering programs. Jannine will commence in the role on Tuesday 18 April. For more information, please read the media release here.


Good Egg Guide 2017 – Stop the Traffik

Stop the Traffik Australia have released their “Good Egg Guide” for 2017. This guide provides information about Easter chocolate products that are “traffik free”, helping people to make responsible choices over the Easter period. The Good Egg Guide is available online 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.


Upcoming events

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

As this weekend is Easter, upcoming events this week are limited to Easter services and events. Uniting Church SA congregations and faith communities have submitted their services and events to the list here.

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.

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.


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 on 8236 4263 or email 


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.


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


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:


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