News & notices - 26 July 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 26 July edition of UC e-News.


Induction service for Rev Bob Hutchinson

Morialta Uniting Church is looking forward to welcoming Rev Bob Hutchinson into Placement in their congregation. The induction service will take place at 4pm on Sunday 30 July. Celebratory refreshments will follow the service. All are welcome to join in this celebration! Please RSVP to the church office on 8331 9344 or email


Mission & Leadership Development subcommittees

The Mission & Leadership Development (MLD) Board has developed subcommittees to oversee some of the work that the ministry centre undertakes – “Formation Education & Discipleship”, “Public Theology and Mission”, and “MLD Operations”. The MLD Board seeks expressions of interest from church members who would like to be part of one of these committees.

For further information, or to submit your expressions of interest, please email MLD Executive Officer Rev Prof Andrew Dutney at


Uniting Leaders 2017 – volunteer minibus drivers needed

Uniting Leaders is seeking volunteers to transport people in minibuses from Pilgrim Uniting Church to Hope Valley Uniting Church (and return) for the Uniting Leaders 2017 conference, which runs from Tuesday 22 August to Thursday 24 August.

These will be 25-seater buses and 12-seater vans. If you can assist please call 8236 4249 or email


Transforming Worship conference & public events – starting 27 July!

The Uniting Church’s national worship conference will be held from 27-30 July at Burnside City Uniting Church, and will include several worship events open to the public.

To complete a last minute registration for the conference, please visit the website here.

For more information about the public worship events, please click here.


Red Dove Cafe - seeking volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help at the Red Dove Cafe at the 2017 Royal Adelaide Show, cooking and serving food to raise funds for Christian mission projects in SA. Different shifts and timeslots are available during the Show (1-10 September) and prior to the start of the Show (30-31 August).

For more information or to indicate that you would like to volunteer, please contact Lesley Williams on 0402 006 629 or 8261 3843, or email


Wanted: “Together In Song” books

Hamley Bridge Uniting Church is looking for second-hand “Together in Song” hymn books. The congregation currently uses the AHB and would like to update. Does your congregation have any surplus copies of “Together in Song” to give away? Please contact Hugh Tily on 0448 827 771.


Willunga-McLaren Vale-Aldinga Ecumenical Reading Group

To prepare for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, an ecumenical reading group will meet on Thursday 27 July at 7pm at Mary of Galilee Community Room (corner of How and Quinliven Roads, Aldinga).

The group will meet on the 4th Thursday of July, August and September, focusing each month on a different chapter from “Towards Unity – Ecumenical Dialogue 500 years after the Reformation”. All are welcome to participate and attend.

For further information, please contact Peter Laffan on 8556 3915 or email


Fearless Conference 2018 – early bird registration open

Did you enjoy this year’s Fearless Conference? Did you want to join the experience but couldn’t make it this year? Early bird registration has already opened for the 2018 conference – Fearless Kingdom Love. A special early bird price of $40 is being offered until Christmas (25 December 2017) using the code “EARLYBIRD”.

For more information, please visit


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 Transforming Worship conference at Burnside City Uniting Church, a winter craft fair at Dernancourt Uniting Church, a choral concert at Edithburgh Uniting Church, an induction service for Rev Bob Hutchinson at Morialta Uniting Church, Café Church at Croydon Park Uniting Church, and the beginning of the new College in the Community initiative being run across several Uniting Church locations in SA.

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.

Reconciliation Week thanks

This year, the Pilgrimage of Healing, an appeal held annually during Reconciliation Week, supported the education, discipleship and training needs of young people at the Congress faith community in Oodnadatta. Congress would like to thank all churches, groups and individuals who gave to their ministry this year.

It is not too late to contribute to this important cause. Find out more on the poster here or in the New Times article here.


Red Dove Café – excess equipment to give away

The redevelopment of Red Dove Café has left organisers with equipment excess to requirement. They are seeking to give these items away urgently, but they must be collected from the Wayville Showgrounds within the next week. The items are: four gas stoves (domestic type) and one bain marie.

To find out more about these items, please contact Christine Fuss on 0402 278 685.


Reconciliation SA fundraiser

A special performance of “Two Captains” will be held to raise funds for the 2017 Kokoda Track Reconciliation Trek and the Brougham Place Uniting Church Building Fund on Sunday 30 July at 2pm. The event will be held at Brougham Place Uniting Church.

For more information, including ticket costs, please download the poster here.


Amnesty International off-shore detention video

Amnesty International has created a short video to mark four years of the Australian Government’s off-shore detention regime and the affect it has had on the lives of so many seeking refuge or asylum in Australia.

Congregations and organisations have been invited by Amnesty to share their video at events or on social media. A YouTube version is available here and a Facebook version is here.


Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry Course

The Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry is a course being held in Brisbane from 4-6 September 2017. The three-day program is designed to give participants an introduction to the key concepts and practices of ministering with congregations and organisations in times of transition.

For more information or to register, please click here.


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