News & notices - 23 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 23 August edition of UC e-News.


Photos from conferences, services & events

Remember to keep an eye on the “Uniting Church. Uniting People.” Facebook page for photos, videos and updates from Uniting Church conferences, induction and ordination services, and other events.


Refugee and Migrant Sunday

Refugee and Migrant Sunday is a celebration of the dignity of people who are refugees and migrants and the contribution they have made to life in Australia. It is celebrated by the National Council of Churches on or around the last Sunday of August each year. This year it will be celebrated on Sunday 27 August.

Some resources are available care of Queensland Churches Together here.


Living Water Men’s Conference 2017

The annual Living Water Men's Conference will take place at Emmaus Campsite and Halbury Oval from 6-8 October in 2017. This year, the conference will welcome Craig Bailey as the keynote speaker.

Every year approximately 250 men gather from all walks of life for a great weekend of worship, fellowship and encouragement. It's hosted by the local churches of Balaklava and is a Christ-focussed, non-denominational Christian men's event. This is a great opportunity to encourage men, young and old (12 years and upward).

The conference is fully catered, and registration includes dormitory accommodation for up to 40 people supplemented by limitless camping space on the oval. Early bird rates are available until 8 September and are just $95 for the whole weekend. Day registration is also available. Registrations can be made using the details below.

For more information, please visit or contact Kirsti McPharlin on 0490 519 218 or


Act for Peace News

Act for Peace news reports that in response to the East Africa Crisis over 200 families in the most dire need have been provided with essential survival rations and further support is being distributed. Gifts in response to this appeal have also assisted over 2,200 thirsty children and families to access clean, safe drinking water. Further donations are still needed.  For more information, please visit


Resthaven wins National Better Practice Award

Resthaven was recently awarded one of two National Better Practice Awards by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency’s (Quality Agency) at a Better Practice Awards Reception event at the Sofitel Sydney.

Better Practice Awards are presented each year for projects, initiatives or programs that act as exemplars for other aged care service providers to assist and to encourage improvement to care and services. The awards recognise and disseminate better practice and innovation across the broad spectrum of aged care services.

The Better Practice Award 2017 was presented for Resthaven’s Wellness and Reablement in Home Care model in the inaugural National Innovation and Excellence in Aged Care awards. This new higher tier of Better Practice Awards recognises providers, nationally, demonstrating leading edge, innovative practices in aged care that represent ‘excellence’.


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 Singing for Fun, Singing for Everyone at the Effective Living Centre, A Cuppa for a Cure at the Salisbury Uniting Church, The Hope We Have evangelism conference (including a free session from Mike Frost) at Uniting College, a mental health seminar on grieving at Spicer Uniting Church, and Rev Linda Driver’s induction service at Athelstone 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.

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.


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 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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