News & notices - 21 February 2018

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Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 21 February edition of UC e-News.


Code of Ethics course

The Code of Ethics initial, non-accredited course is essential study for candidates for ministry, ministry of pastor, and ministers transferring from other denominations. The next Code of Ethics training will be held on Friday 2 March at Uniting College for Leadership & Theology. It costs $66 per person. Pre-course work will be required and must be completed before the day of the course. To register and find out about the pre-course work, please email Ann Philips at


Induction service for Rev Sunil “Sunny” Kapandarabil

Rev Sunil “Sunny” Kapandarabil will be inducted into the Parkin-Sturt Patrol at 7pm on Friday 9 March at Quorn Uniting Church. All are welcome to attend this special service and the light supper that will follow. Please bring finger food to share, if possible.


Ordination date change for Jesse Size

Please note that the date for the ordination of Jesse Size has been changed. His ordination service will now be held in early March. The exact date is still to be confirmed, but will be announced via UC e-News in the coming weeks.


Support for Tonga

Tropical Cyclone Gita hit Tonga hard on Monday night, ripping roofs from houses and causing widespread flooding. It is estimated that the category 4 cyclone destroyed 75% of homes in the country's capital, Nuku’alofa. With winds exceeding 230km/hour, TC Gita is the strongest storm to hit Tonga in 60 years and early reports indicate that it has caused substantial damage to many communities.

“We are watching, praying and hoping with the Methodist Church in Fiji that their island nation is spared from another severe cyclone so soon after Cyclone Winston," says UnitingWorld National Director Dr Sureka Goringe.

UnitingWorld has launched an appeal to support communities affected by TC Gita. Find out more or give online here.

Act for Peace has also launched an appeal; donations can be made here.


Uniting Church SA Historical Society meeting

The next meeting of the Uniting Church SA Historical Society will be held on Sunday 4 March from 2.30pm at Church of the Trinity. It will focus on the theme “Primitive Methodists” and will be led by Rosemary Mitchell. For more information, please contact Rev Doug Hosking via email at


SACOSS Leaders Debate on Social Issues

The South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) has organised a Leaders Debate on Social Issues to take place from 10-11.45am on Tuesday 27 February at the Science Exchange (55 Exchange Place, Adelaide). This will be a public forum with the Premier Jay Weatherill, Opposition Leader Steven Marshall and Nick Xenophon. It will be hosted by Amanda Blair, and will address social issues such as the cost of living, child wellbeing, digital inclusion, tax and expenditure, gambling harm prevention, health, housing and justice. For more information, please contact Tania Baxter, SACOSS Communications Officer, on 0432 902 105.


Movie screenings

The organiser of an Adelaide Christians group is organising a screening of the film I Can Only Imagine for members of the group, members of local churches and friends. The event will be held at Wallis Cinemas Piccadilly on Thursday 15 March at 6.40pm. RSVPs are required by Saturday 10 March. Tickets cost $9.95 each. For more information, or to RSVP, please email Julie Tamme at

The Odeon Star Theatre in Semaphore are offering church groups an opportunity to organise a private screening of the new film, Paul, the Apostle of Christ. Group bookings are essential with tickets at $8 per person. Candy bar deals are available on request. For more information, please call 8341 5988 or email


The Great Pumpkin Party – seeking volunteers!

Hawker Uniting Church is currently organising The Great Pumpkin Party, an exciting community event to be held over two days on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June.

The organisers are hoping this will be a huge event with members of the community and other churches getting involved. They’re calling for volunteers to help make this event extra special, and are particularly looking for help with set-up on Friday 1 June, people to make salads for the Saturday, and assistance with food serving on Saturday evening.

Volunteers who don’t live close to Hawker may be able to stay with members of the church if they wish to come and help out.

For more information, please contact Nigel Pratt on 0458 581 353 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:

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.

Seeking volunteers for KCO!

The KCO team is looking for volunteers to help out with different aspects of the children’s camp on Saturday 17 and/or Sunday 18 March!

The Create session of KCO provides a time for campers to engage in different creative arts and craft activities. Volunteers are needed to supervise the activities, and to share a craft or other creative activities. People who have been involved in Messy Church may be able to share their expertise to enrich the Create session.

The KCO team is also looking for volunteers to help with admin, welcome, security, traffic management, the community tree, and event logistics.

For more information or to volunteer, please email


Upcoming Safe Church training

The next opportunity to participate in a Called to Care orientation session is coming up on Saturday 3 March at Brougham Place Uniting Church. Members of church council and key leaders are invited to spend some valuable time focusing on safe ministry at this training session. Register an intention to attend by Wednesday 28 February by phone on 8236 4248 or email


Lent Event 2018: Faith in Action

Faith in Action is UnitingWorld’s theme for Lent 2018, highlighting the challenges facing people in the Pacific and engaging congregations in raising funds for vital projects in the region. Participating congregations can sign up and receive promotional material from UnitingWorld at

Limited promotional material is available from Mission Resourcing by contacting Bev Freeman on 8236 4243 or


World Council of Churches invites internship applications from young people

The World Council of Churches (WCC) invites applications of church-engaged young people aged 21-29 to undertake an internship at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva in 2018. The 18-month programme welcomes four young people to work at the WCC headquarters, followed by a six-month placement in one’s own country. More information is available online here. Applications close on Thursday 15 March.


World Day of Prayer: Friday 2 March

The 2018 World Day of Prayer service has been prepared by women of Suriname, a small country in the north of South America. They chose the theme “All God’s Creation is Very Good!” Local services will be held across South Australia. At present, details are known only for the city service – it will be held on Friday 2 March from 1pm at Flinders Street Baptist Church (65 Flinders Street, Adelaide).  All are welcome to attend.


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