News & notices - 11 July 2018

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News & notices – 11 July 2018

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 11 July edition of UC e-News.


Centre for Music Liturgy and the Arts: 15th assembly worship resources

If you are looking for resources for worship pre or post Assembly, the Centre for Music Liturgy and the Arts has gathered and developed resources to aid worship leaders. The resources are based on the President’s theme for this Assembly: Abundant Grace, Liberating Hope. This resource also includes sheet music, the assembly logo, and a power point presentation. This resource has been at the request of the Pastoral Relations Committee. Resources can be accessed from or heading to the CMLA webpage.

NAIDOC: because of her, we can

The 2018 NAIDOC week theme is centred on the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. This theme was chosen to celebrate and honour the pivotal roles they possess and their voice which is so often overlooked. NAIDOC week runs from Sunday 8 to Sunday 15 July. For more information on NAIDOC and this year’s theme, click here.

UnitingWomen 2018 - Bursary applications close next week

UnitingWomen 2018 will be held in Brisbane from 27-30 September, 2018. The conference theme “Weaving Wisdom and Wonder”. A bursary is available for Uniting Church women in South Australia who wish to attend the UnitingWomen 2018 conference in Brisbane from 27-30 September this year. Applications close on Monday 16 July. The application form is available to download online here.

150 years at Port MacDonnell!

The Port MacDonnell Uniting Church are celebrating their 150 Anniversary this September. If anyone has any photos or memorabilia of their connection to this historic church from over the years the community at Port MacDonnell UC would love and appreciate if you could send your pictures/memorabilia to their email,"> or their postal address (PO Box 360, Port MacDonnell, 5291). For more Information visit he event page.

Uluru Statement from the Heart: study guide

A Voice in The Wilderness: Listening to the Statement from the Heart, by Celia Kemp, is now available. The Anglican Board of Mission (ABM) has released this study guide to help the Church listen to the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. This valuable study guide can be used individually or in groups. To download the study guide and for more information visit the National Council of churches website.

Wanted Australian Hymn Book II: Melody Line Edition “Together in Song

A small rural congregation are in need of 10 – 15 copies of the Australian Hymn Book II: Melody Line Edition “Together in Song”. If your congregation has copies which are surplus to your needs, please contact Wendy Perkins or call 8236 4284.

Organfest cancelled

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Semaphore Uniting Church event, Organfest, has been cancelled. Organfest was due to be held on Sunday 9 of September.

Upcoming events

The majority of Uniting Church SA events are listed on the upcoming events list here.

Events coming up in the next week include:

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.

Child Safe Policy – for congregation’s reform

The Uniting Church at both a state and national level have been quick to act in their response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. One of the pieces of work undertaken in their response has been to develop a Child Safe Policy. This encompasses the principles of Called to Care, which has been an integral part of our church community for many years. Church Councils are requested to receive and adopt this as part of our ongoing commitment to Safe Church. You can find the Child Safe Policy for Congregations Reform here.

One generation – Many ages

Dr Holly Allen, a professor of family science and Christian ministry at Lipscomb University in Nashville and author of Intergenerational Christian Ministry, will be presenting two lectures and two workshops on topics about intergenerational ministry on 25 July, 2018. The workshop will occur at Uniting College of Leadership and Theology (312 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Brooklyn Park) from 9:30am for a 10:00am start – 4:30pm. Cost $40 per person, includes morning tea and lunch. Please contact Judyth Roberts if cost prohibits your attendance. Download the flyer here. Register here.

Gen Z: life and faith.

If you’re a children’s, youth or young adults leader, the Gen Z: Life and Faith event will be of interest to you. The visiting speaker, Claire Madden, is a social researcher, keynote speaker and media commentator interpreting social trends and implications of generational change. The Gen Z: Life and Faith event will occur on Thursday 2 August from 7.30pm – 9.30pm at Rostrevor Baptist Church, 288 Montacute Road, Rostrevor. Find out more by downloading the postcard here or via the Facebook page here.

Life in Christ Resource

Rev John Blanksby has written a seven week Ephesians study guide for small groups. It is for use in conjunction with the lectionary readings from 15 July to 26 August. John has offered to share this with members of the Uniting Church SA and it can be accessed here.

Peace Expo: sharing stories to inspire us on paths to justice and peace

Projects funded by a bequest given to SA Council of Churches to assist Refugees and Displaced Persons are now complete. You are invited to hear their stories, discover and share resources and inspire one another on paths towards justice and peace on Sunday 5 August, 2018, 2:00pm – 4:00pm at (Morialta Uniting Church, 26 Chapel St, Magill).

For the flyer and for more information visit:

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