News & notices - 17 May 2017

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News & notices – 17 May 2017

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 17 May edition of UC e-News.


40 Days of Prayer

All church members are invited to take part in daily devotions in response to a call for 40 days of prayer for the Uniting Church's 40th anniversary. Both Uniting Church SA Moderator Rev Sue Ellis and the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly are offering daily prayers and reflections until the anniversary on Thursday 22 June.

The Moderator's prayers encourage members to contemplate and pray for challenges and opportunities within the Uniting Church SA. Subscribe to receive these here.

The Assembly reflections generally have a national focus. Subscribe to receive these here.


SAYCO 2017: save the date

SAYCO (South Australian Youth Camp Out) will be held over the October long weekend in 2017. More information will be provided in UC e-News and through other channels over the coming weeks and months.


Uniting Leaders conference registration

Earlier this week a problem was identified with the Uniting Leaders 2017 registration process. This issue has now been resolved.

Visit the Uniting Leaders website here for further information about the conference, program, speakers and registration. Regular updates are posted on the Facebook event page. Please direct any queries via email to


Marion healthy eating program

Family, Food and Fun is a healthy eating program that will run over six weeks in the Marion Uniting Church hall. The program includes supervised food play for the kids, while carers cook, learn and discuss healthy eating for the family with input from a dietitian. This term's sessions are being held on Wednesday mornings from 9.30-11.30am from 17 May to 21 June. Attend all sessions or just one – the program is very flexible. A gold coin donation is requested per person per session.

For more information or to register, please contact Cecelia on 0416 464 302 or email


New Times diary submissions

It is free to advertise church events in the diary section of print editions of New Times. The June/July print edition will be distributed on Sunday 11 June, and is most appropriate for advertising events between Monday 12 June and Monday 14 August. To see an event listed in the June/July diary, please fill in the event submission form here by 9am on Monday 22 May. Please direct any queries to New Times Editor Catherine Hoffman on 8236 4230 or email


Free seminar: Ethos of the Uniting Church

Wednesday 24 May, 4-6pm // Adelaide West Uniting Church

"Ethos of the Uniting Church: who are we?" is a free seminar being led by Rev Prof Andrew Dutney. The seminar will focus on the vision, values and structure of the Uniting Church – who we are, what we believe and how we are organised.

The seminar will be aimed at board members and staff of organisations associated with the Uniting Church, and people entering Ministry of Pastor.

To attend, please RSVP by Friday 19 May to 


Fundraising invitation from the Moderator

On the World Day of Prayer, Uniting Church SA Moderator Rev Sue Ellis led a service for the Northern Suburbs Dinka-Speaking Faith Community (NSDSFC). At the event, she was told about an initiative being supported by Creators of Peace (SA), the NSDSFC and other South Sudanese friends in Adelaide to take two containers of food and equipment to South Sudan later in 2017.

The United Nations officially declared South Sudan to be in a state of famine in February 2017; the containers would provide valuable support to communities in the region. Containers have previously been sent in 2016 to provide food, clothing, wheelchairs, hospital beds and books. Despite conflict between five tribes in the area, they came together in peace to equally share these donated items.

For the 2017 project, funding is required in addition to goods. It will cost at least $35,000 to get the two containers through Kenya and Uganda into South Sudan. To help raise funds for this initiative, Creator of Peace will hold a fundraising movie night. At 7.30pm on Monday 29 May, the group will screen The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe at the Capri Theatre in Goodwood. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased online here.

Rev Sue Ellis will be attending the event and encourages Uniting Church SA members to support this initiative.

For more information, please contact Bek Brown on 0432 834 769.


International Conference on Receptive Ecumenism– early bird registration extended

The fourth International Conference on Receptive Ecumenism is titled “Leaning into the Spirit: discernment, decision-making and reception” and will be held from 6-9 November in Canberra. Rev Vicky Balabanski will be one of the speakers at the event.

Early bird registration for the conference has been extended to Wednesday 31 May.

For more information on 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 a mental health session focussed on “difficult people” at Spicer Uniting Church, the continuing 150th anniversary celebrations at Hope Valley Uniting Church, Memories of Yesteryear at Kadina Wesley Uniting Church as part of Kernewek Lowender, four Live Life Loud events, a half-day conference titled “The Radical Gospel” at Ascot Community Uniting Church, a concert from the Lobethal Harmony Club at Kadina Wesley Uniting Church, an afternoon of British comedy at Morialta Uniting Church, Rev Christine Manning’s induction service at Hallett Cove Uniting Church, Newland Memorial Uniting Church’s 90th anniversary, the May meeting of the State Mission Fellowship at Scots Church Adelaide, and a free seminar on the ethos of the Uniting Church at Adelaide West.

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.

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.


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.


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