News & notices - 31 May 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 31 May edition of UC e-News.


Teaching events from the Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts

As well as supporting the upcoming Transforming Worship conference (see details below), the Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts has a number of other training events taking place over the coming months.

“Shaping Worship, Shaping Worshippers” is a masterclass series for worship leaders and team members that will explore topics such as space setting, symbolic gesture, living the lectionary, and spiritual practices. It will be held weekly on Mondays over four sessions from 21 August to 11 September at Café Fellini in North Adelaide.

“Integrity, Passion, Call: Preaching in Today’s World” is a conversation series for ministers and preachers to discuss developing and strengthening preaching skills. It will provide an opportunity to connect with, and learn from, fellow preachers. The four sessions will take place on Mondays fortnightly from 14 August to 25 September at La Scala Café in Unley.

For more information on either of these series, please email


Lunchbreak series at Scots

A new chamber music series called “Lunchbreak” will soon launch at Scots Church Adelaide. The program will mostly feature classical music, with some exceptions, and performances from nationally- and internationally-recognised musicians.

Two series of three concerts each will be held with the first series taking place in June, and a second over October and November.

The June series will run weekly on Fridays from 1.10-2pm, starting on Friday 16 June and ending on Friday 30 June. Each session costs $12.

For more information, please call 0404 344 167 or email


Recognising 25 years since the Mabo decision

A screening of the film Mabo will be held at 6.30pm on Saturday 3 June at the Bragg Lecture Theatre (North Terrace, University of Adelaide) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Mabo decision. The film portrays the successful legal battle waged by Eddie Koiki Mabo to bring about native land title legislation. The Uniting Church SA supports Reconciliation SA and encourages members to attend this event. A gold coin donation is requested on entry. For more information, please click here.


Intergenerational worship ideas for Pentecost

The “Engage Together” resource provides ideas to adapt the welcome, call to worship, prayer of confession, music and Bible reading elements of a worship service to be more intergenerational during the season of Pentecost (June-July 2017). This resource has been written and produced in partnership across three Uniting Church Synods, including the Uniting Church SA, and is free to download here.


Double passes for "The Shack" available

The Uniting Church SA is giving away free double passes to the film "The Shack" when members register for the upcoming Uniting Leaders conference.

Based on William P Young's popular 2007 novel, "The Shack" is a film about the spiritual journey of father Mack Phillips after he suffers a family tragedy that causes a crisis of faith (see the trailer here). The film was released on 25 May and the free double passes can be used until season completion; they are valid in most cinemas on most days (the passes have further information on this). A limited number of these passes are available and will be sent to the first people who register from the start of the giveaway period.

Uniting Leaders 2017 will be held at Hope Valley Uniting Church from 22-24 August. To find out more or to register, please click here.


Act for Peace Ration Challenge

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

For more information, please click 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 a free organ concert at Payneham Road Uniting Church, a combined service at Pilgrim Uniting Church as part of their History Month, Asleep in the Teapot at Morialta Uniting Church, an induction service for Rev Do Young Kim at Payneham Road Uniting Church, an induction service for Rev Andrew Everson at Naracoorte Uniting Church, and an information day at Resthaven Onkaparinga Community Services.

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.

Launch of the Marion Congress Faith Community

The new Marion Congress Faith Community will be launched at an event on at 2pm on Sunday 11 June at Marion Uniting Church. Mark Kickett will be the guest speaker at the event and special musical guests from the Aboriginal and Pacific Islander Community will also share. The event will include shared food - please feel free to bring a plate to share. For more information, please contact Sean Weetra on 0468 912 599 or Ian Dempster on 0417 217 320.


40th anniversary resources

The Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia has created a number of resources to mark the Church’s 40th anniversary. There are PowerPoint templates, poster templates and a Facebook cover photo available for download here. They have also created banners, balloons, cake toppers and posters for their congregations – and there may be some to spare! If you are interested in any of these items, please contact the Uniting Church SA Communications team via email at


Special rates for the Uniting Church’s national worship conference

A special group registration rate is available for the 2017 Transforming Worship conference, which will be held at Burnside City Uniting Church from 27-30 July. When five people from one congregation register at full price, the congregation will receive an additional registration free – six for the price of five! This applies to full registrations only and does not include meals. This special offer has been extended and will conclude on Friday 30 June.

For more information, please visit the registration page or email

Pastoral Notes

At the start of 2017, a new subscriber list was started for people wishing to receive Pastoral Notes. These emails from the Moderator mainly reflect on the lives and ministry of Uniting Church SA leaders who have recently passed away.

On Monday 22 May, a notice was sent detailing the life and ministry of Rev Maurice Lind who passed away on Wednesday 17 May. Read the note online here.

To be added to the Pastoral Note subscriber list, please email">


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