News & notices - 14 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 14 June edition of UC e-News.


Presbytery & Synod papers now available

The papers for the June Presbytery & Synod meeting (23-24 June 2017) are now available online here and via the Yapp app (available to download from smart sphone app stores - use the code "Y7XMVT" and select the documents tab to view papers).


Queen’s Birthday Honours

Yesterday, Moderator Rev Sue Ellis sent UC e-News subscribers a “Message from the Mod” about Uniting Church SA members who were awarded Queen’s Birthday Honours on Monday 12 June. Those recognised were Rev Kenneth John Anderson (OAM), Dr Don Stuart Worley (OAM) and Simon Richard Linke (OAM). The full message is available to view online here.


Training opportunities: reporting child abuse and neglect

A full day training course and a refresher course on Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect will be held in the coming weeks. The refresher will take place at Adelaide College of Divinity from 1.30-4.30pm on Wednesday 21 June, and costs $20. The full day training will be held from 9.30am-4.30pm on Thursday 29 June at Nunyara Conference Centre in Belair, and costs $25 (BYO lunch).

For more information or to advise an intention to attend, please contact Linda Vinall via email at


Code of Ethics Refresher

Ashley Davis and Sharonne Price will facilitate a Code of Ethics Refresher for ministry leaders in placements and not in placements. The session will be held at Adelaide College of Divinity on Friday 23 June from 9.30am-12.30pm.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Linda Vinall via email at


Date correction for Spicer mental health seminar

Spicer Uniting Church has been hosting a series of mental health seminars in 2017. In the June/July edition of New Times it was mistakenly stated that Spicer seminar on psychosis would be held on Monday 19 June – it will actually take place on Monday 26 June. For more information about the event, please click 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 the Western Link Friendship Club, Rev Rebecca Purling’s induction service at Campbelltown Uniting Church, a movie fundraiser for the Pilgrim Church Choir, a Pentecost Messy Church at Westbourne Park Uniting Church, a special history service at Pilgrim Uniting Church with Dr Deidre Palmer, A Musical Afternoon at The Corner Uniting Church, an Illumina Voices concert at Church of the Trinity, a conference for pastoral care workers at Nunyara Conference Centre, an aged care information open day at Resthaven Paradise, and a mental health seminar on depression and suicide 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.

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.


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


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


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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