News & notices - 19 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 19 April edition of UC e-News.

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Exploring more: God in the news stories of the week

In a world always changing and full of news stories the can be good, sad or challenging, we are prompted to ask: “Where is God in this?”

Young adults are invited to a weekly informal time of thinking deeply about faith, current affairs, human tragedy and natural disasters. Hosted by Rev Tony Eldridge at Rosefield Uniting Church, the aim will be to develop insights into God and humanity.

The sessions will be held on Mondays weekly from Monday 1 May to Monday 5 June at 6.30pm, starting with pizza for dinner. Each session is $5 to cover the cost of pizza. Any interested young adults are invited to attend.

For more information, please contact the Rosefield Church Office on 8271 9528 or email admin@rosefield.org.au

 

Mental health seminars

Over the next several months, a series of informative mental health seminars will be presented by Rev Mark Boyce on Monday evenings. They will be as follows: Anxiety (24 April), Difficult People (22 May), Psychosis (26 June), Bipolar (24 July) and Grieving (28 August). All sessions commence at 7.30 pm at Spicer Uniting Church.

Mark has worked as a chaplain in the mental health arena for the last 20 years. This has included working in hospitals, the community and in rehabs. Mark has also developed a six-week training package for people on being able to care and support people who experience mental illness.

Prior to working as a chaplain Mark worked for almost 20 years as a nurse, working in acute hospital settings, and in community, mental health, and drug and alcohol services. Mark has continued to study and update his skills and knowledge in the mental health arena.

For more information, please contact Helen Lloyd on 8262 3771 or email office@spicer.org.au

 

Love cooking? Want to support single parent families?

Marion Uniting Church are looking for someone to lead their Garden to Table Group. Garden to Table is a new fortnightly social group for single parent families to come together and grow food, cook, and share a meal. 

While there is a small team ready to support the gardening and administration for the group, we are looking for someone who can facilitate cooking in the kitchen, prepare meal plans for each session, and ensure grocery shopping is done. The role of the leader does not require them to do everything themselves, rather coordinate the group to ensure the various stages of the shopping, cooking and cleaning of the meal happens. 

If you're interested, or want to know more, please contact Lauren Bonnet via email at muc.healthyeatingprogram@gmail.com

 

2017 Ethical Fashion Report

The 2017 Ethical Fashion Report is now available to download here. The report grades over 106 companies (330 clothing brands) on the treatment of workers at all levels of clothing production. The aim is to keep clothing companies accountable so that workers are not abused or exploited. Read more about the Ethical Fashion Report here.

 

Act for Peace Ration Challenge

Take the Act for Peace Ration Challenge in 2017! Join more than 10,000 incredible people across Australia, living on refugee rations during Refugee Week (18-25 June) and raise money and awareness for communities threatened by conflict and disaster.

Participants will eat the same as a Syrian refugee living in a camp in Jordan. Just a small amount of rice, lentils, chick peas, beans, fish and oil. That’s it. No red meat, no coffee, and no alcohol!

For more information, please visit the Act for Peace Ration Challenge page here. Act for Peace is the aid agency of the Australian Council of Churches.

 

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 an art exhibition launch at Pilgrim Uniting Church, the Murray Bridge Uniting Church Fair, the first session of Windsor Gardens’ “Christianity Explained” series, and an Anzac Day Evensong Service at Pilgrim 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.

 

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Didn’t read the last “News & notices”? The items below are ones you might want to catch up on.

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.

 

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.


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