News & notices – 29 March 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 29 March edition of UC e-News.


Prayers for those affected by Cyclone Debbie

Join us in praying for our sisters and brothers in North of Queensland who are facing the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. TC Debbie was the worst cyclone to hit Queensland since Cyclone Yasi in 2011. The Queensland Synod has set up a relief appeal for those who want to support community recovery efforts. Visit the Queensland Uniting Church Synod website for more information and ways to support financially.


Free mentoring training opportunity

A free training day for mentors will be held at Uniting College for Leadership & Theology from 9.30am on Monday 29 May. Mentoring can provide friendship, support and guidance to others, especially younger and newer Christians. The training will focus on the values that underpin the mentoring process. RSVPs are required for catering purposes.

Please RSVP to Ann Philips on 8416 8449 or

For more information on mentoring and the upcoming training day, please contact Judyth Roberts:


Shelter from the Storm – 19-day devotional

Rev Christy Capper has produced a 19-day devotional series based on Scriptures and the Uniting Church’s “Shelter from the Storm” asylum seeker policy. The devotional series has been created to help church members to prayerfully consider Christian responses to those seeking refuge in Australia. The studies consist of a piece of Scripture followed by a paragraph from “Shelter from the Storm”. The series is available for download 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.


Baptist World Aid - 2017 Ethical Fashion Report

Baptist World Aid is less than a month away from releasing their 2017 Ethical Fashion Report, which grades companies on the strength of their labour rights management systems.

In the lead up to the launch, Baptist World Aid encourages people to say thank you to the Brand Collective group of companies for their transparency and engagement. These companies have published their entire final stage manufacturing lists. To show support, all are invited to share the ‘thank you’ image Baptist World Aid have prepared here.

Join Baptist World Aid and the Uniting Church in demonstrating your support for an end to slavery and exploitation.


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017

In 2017, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Australia will be observed from 28 May - 4 June 2017, in the week between Ascension and Pentecost. Resources have been developed through the National Council of Churches in Australia and are available here. This year’s theme is “Reconciliation – the Love of Christ Compels Us” (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:14-20).


Ecumenical bequest to assist in the work of refugees and displaced persons 

Ecumenical Partners for Justice and Peace (EPJP) – a standing committee of the SA Council of Churches – is keen to hear from church-affiliated groups and organisations working to support refugees and displaced persons in the SA community who may be interested in obtaining funding from the bequest to continue or enhance their work.

For more information, go to or contact Ecumenical Partners for Justice and Peace, SA Council of Churches by email at

The closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday 6 April, 2017.


Easter worship resources – digital downloads

Rev Sarah Agnew has written and published two digital downloads in time for Easter. The first, With Intuition, Imagination and Love (PDF download), is a service of anointing for Maundy Thursday, with poems, readings and symbolic action. The second, The Best of All Possible News (PDF download), contains monologues from the viewpoints of Mary, Thomas and Peter as they tell the story of the Resurrection. A third download will soon be available on the same website. For more information, please contact Sarah via email at


Exchange of Gifts: Reimagining our Unity in Christ through Receptive Ecumenism

This ecumenical learning event will be held on Saturday 8 July, 9.30am-12 noon, at St John the Baptist Parish Centre (342 Anzac Hwy, Plympton).

Learning Question: How does your Church welcome newcomers, nurture hospitality and nourish an active congregation?

An interactive event and conversation opened up initially by four responders; Ms Carol Assaad [Coptic Orthodox Church]; Rev Lyn Leane [Uniting Church]; Mr Michael Vial [Catholic Church]; Fr Silouan Fotineas [Greek Orthodox Church].

Registrations open. Enquiries to Geraldine Hawkes at">


Share – a government grant opportunity

Share is a government grant opportunity, offering over $100,000 for initiatives that respond to the question “How can we create value, or address a pressing social problem, by using existing idle or wasted resources (e.g. assets, products/goods, information/data, expertise, space, etc.)?”  Share invites people to submit a business or social enterprise concept that uses sharing economy principles. To find out more visit the Share website 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 the Living Waters conference at Burnside City Uniting Church, a garage sale at Blackwood Uniting Church, the Adelaide West Men’s Choir’s 10 year anniversary concert (more about the choir here), Mostly Music @ Malvern with flautist Melanie Waters, a forum on the environment at Eden Hills Uniting Church, and Research Hour at Uniting College.

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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June Presbytery & Synod meeting - date change

The June 2017 Presbytery & Synod meeting will take place from Friday 23 to Saturday 24 June. The date of this meeting was originally Friday 30 June to Saturday 1 July, but has recently been changed to avoid a clash with one of the President's Conferences. More information about the meeting will be provided over the coming months. Please direct any queries about the date change to Malcolm Wilson via email at


Lenten reflections

Different Uniting Church organisations and ministry centres are offering resourcing opportunities for the Lenten season. 

The Uniting Church SA Intergenerational Team has partnered with other Uniting Church Synods to produce an intergenerational Lent resource. Based on the lectionary readings, this resource has ideas that can easily be adapted for different communities and themes. Read more here.

UnitingWorld is offering a number of Lent Event resources for groups to engage with. More information is available here.

The Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts is offering a wide range of Lent and Easter resources - songs, prayers, plays and more. Further information is available here.


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