News & notices - 16 August 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 16 August edition of UC e-News.


Red Dove Cafe: urgent help required

The Royal Adelaide Show is on 1-10 September and Red Dove Café has a few final shifts to fill, particularly on Sunday 3 September. Experience baking cakes and scones desired; first time volunteers welcome. Can you help?

For more information or to volunteer for a shift, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Lesley Williams on 0402 006 629 or 8261 3843 or email


KCO on the EP

Every year, a number of Uniting Church congregations from across the Eyre Peninsula work together to coordinate a local KCO held at Thuruna, a Uniting Venues site. This year, the camp will run from 23-24 September and focus on the theme of “Big World”, sharing and adapting the resources used at KCO 2017 at Victor Harbor.

In 2016, the KCO EP campsite was fully booked out with about 120 people attending from six different Uniting Churches across the EP.

Please pray for leaders and their current preparations, for the churches as they work together, for campers to be ready and open to engage in Christian community, and for God to be at work in the lives of all attending the event.

People located in the EP region who would like to attend can contact Nicole Callen on 0407 795 760 or Valerie Edwards on 0428 282 535.


Fundraising for English language classes

A Taste of Hope will be held at Hope's Cafe, Clayton Wesley Uniting Church, on Saturday 19 August at 6pm. This variety night fundraiser will feature fine food and wine, a philosophical debate, Afghan music and stand-up comedy. The funds raised at the event will help to support English language classes for migrants and refugees run by the Spire Community (Uniting Communities and Clayton Wesley Uniting Church), and will pay for an ESL Coordinator to work one day per week. For more information or to book, please click here or contact Uniting Communities on 8331 3529.


Shaping Worship, Shaping Worshippers: a masterclass series

The Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts is holding a masterclass series for worship leaders and others who contribute to worship. Over four evenings, the series will explore the topic of space setting and symbolic gesture (21 August), living the lectionary (28 August), new imagery in liturgy and song (4 September) and spiritual practices for practitioners (11 September). Find out more about the topics here.

All sessions will start at 7.30pm at Cafe Fellini (102 O'Connell Street, North Adelaide). The cost is $20 for all sessions or $10 per session. Groups can pay $100 for unlimited congregational participation across all four sessions. To find out more or to book please click here or email


Retreat day

“Standing at the Crossroads – looking inward & moving forward” is a contemplative day retreat being held through A Thin Place at The Corner Uniting Church. The event will be held on Saturday 9 Sept from 9.45am until 4pm. The retreat costs $25 (or $20 concession), and includes a light lunch, refreshments and materials. Registration is required by 3 September. To find out more or to register, please contact Rosalie or Belinda at The Corner on 8350 5400.


Receptive ecumenism workshops

The South Australian Council of Churches is offering receptive ecumenism workshops for inter church councils, congregations and parishes. These workshops will explore the practical application of receptive ecumenism. For more information, please contact Geraldine Hawkes on 8215 0300 or email 


Pensioners & seniors information book

Federal Member for Adelaide Kate Ellis has issued an information book for pensioners and seniors. The book outlines local services, community groups and organisations who support South Australian seniors, and also contains information regarding Federal Government payments and assistance, and State Government concessions. 

Copies of this book are available from Kate Ellis’ office (161 Main North Road, Nailsworth) or for delivery for local organisations who are interested in obtaining and/or distributing them. For more information, please contact Kate Ellis’ office on 8269 2433 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 August meeting of the Western Link Friendship Club, the 2017 Wilks Oration at the Effective Living Centre, A Taste of Hope at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church, Heritage Sunday at Western Link Uniting Church and the Uniting Leaders conference at Hope Valley 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.

Upcoming induction service – Linda Driver

An induction service for Rev Linda Driver will be held at Athelstone Uniting Church on Wednesday 30 August at 7.30pm. Rev Rob Williams will preach at the service. All are invited to attend.


SAYCO registrations now open

Team SAYCO are pleased to announce the opening of SAYCO registrations through the new online event system.

Each group that pre-registered has been sent a unique link for their participants to register. Each church has its own Group Coordinator who can be contacted to obtain the group’s unique code or to find out more about registration.

Group Coordinators who haven’t yet received the email with the code should email Team SAYCO at or call 8236 4270.

The last day to register and purchase SAYCO merchandise is 7 Sept 2017. Registrations will fully close on 17 September 2017.


Engage Together - intergenerational worship ideas

“Engage Together” is a resource created to provide churches with intergenerational ideas for a call to worship, prayers, songs and Bible readings for worship services during August and September. Although based on the lectionary readings, these ideas can be adapted to suit any Bible/theme focus.

The resource was written and produced in partnership across three Uniting Church Synods, including the Uniting Church SA Intergen Team.

The resource is available to download here:


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