News & notices - 20 June 2018

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News & notices – 20 June 2018

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 20 June edition of UC e-News.


Live Life Loud – another event this Friday!

A few Live Life Loud events have come and gone – but more are fast approaching!

Live Life Loud is a high energy worship night that endeavours to bring young people together and build a network between local churches. It is an interdenominational youth event held over several dates across multiple locations across SA with the aim of seeing lives transformed and local churches united. This year's theme is "Think Small".

Find a Live Life Loud nearby:

Mid North: 22 June - Balaklava Horizon School (Balaklava), 7pm-9.30pm, with speaker Anne Baker
North East: 29 June - Hope Valley Uniting Church, 7pm-9.30pm, with speaker Jake Toogood
South: 29 June - Seeds Uniting Church, 6.30-10pm, with speaker Tash Harvey

More information is available on the Uniting Church SA website here

Expressions of interest invited

Are you interested in learning more about relating to people of other denominations? The Synod Ecumenical Relationships Committee and the SA Dialogue of the Roman Catholic and Uniting Churches are committees that build relationships across denominations, and learn from them. Expressions of Interest are invited from persons interested in becoming part of either of these committees. Please contact">

One Generation – Many Ages

On 25 July at 9.30am 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. The workshop will occur at Uniting College of Leadership and Theology, 312 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Brooklyn Park.

If you are a church ministry leader in any capacity and keen to explore building intergenerational communities of faith (beyond ‘including children’) then this day is highly recommended. Cost $40 per person, includes morning tea and lunch. Please contact Judyth Roberts if cost prohibits your attendance. Download the flyer and find out more here. Register now:

Latest CMLA news

The Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts have released their June newsletter. The newsletter is full of resourcing and learning opportunities. Download the newsletter here.

Teaching Assessors Wanted

Uniting College for Leadership & Theology (UCLT) is growing. The College is experiencing increased interest in our young adults discipleship program, Intern Year and we are further developing our College in the Community program, which provides accredited training in local church settings.

To cater for this growth, UCLT is seeking expressions of interest to join a pool of teachers and assessors as required in the Certificate IV in Christian Life & Ministry (10496 NAT) accredited by the Adelaide College of Divinity (RTO Code 4863). For further information visit the UCLT website here, please contact Jessie Sanders, VET Coordinator of UCLT on 08 8416 8420 or email">

UnitingWomen 2018

UnitingWomen 2018 will be held in Brisbane from 27-30 September, 2018. The conference theme “Weaving Wisdom and Wonder”, will include presentations from Eloise Wellings, Uniting Church in Australia President-elect Deidre Palmer, Queensland Synod General Secretary Rev Heather den Houting and many more. Find out more about the speakers and the conference on the website here. 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.

Sensis White Pages

Each year Sensis require us to confirm the Uniting Church SA listing in the White Pages Directory. The 2018-2019 Directory closing date for the metropolitan area is 23 June 2018.  We invite church secretaries  or admin officers to please check their congregation listing in this year’s edition of the White Pages. If there are any changes required, please notify the Synod Office by the end of May.

Extra lines (e.g. minister’s name) incur an extra charge as do phone numbers that appear elsewhere in the directory.  You may also like to check whether your listing has a fax number.  Some churches have chosen to delete this from their listing. If you wish to change or ask questions about your listing, please contact Chris Jaensch on 8236 4200 or email:">   Malcolm Wilson AGS P/M.

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. 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 Rosetrevor Baptist Church, 288 Montacute Road, Rostrevor. Find out more via the Facebook page here.

Upcoming events

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

Some of the events coming up over the next week are:

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.

Criminal History Check – changes to ID requirements

An updated Application & Informed Consent form is now available on the Uniting Church SA website and should be used with immediate effect as this reflects changes to proof of identity requirements.

The proof of identity documents requirement has been updated by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (through which Uniting Church SA process checks) and an applicant must now present the following to meet requirements:

  • one commencement of identity document
  • one primary use in the community document
  • two secondary use in the community documents

The types of documents that can be accepted are listed on the application form, which can be found on the Uniting Church SA's Safe Church webpage here.

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 Friday 19 January, a notice was sent detailing the life and ministry of Rev Allan Shephard who passed away on Wednesday 30 May.

Allan was a key leader in bringing the structures and polity of the Uniting Church vision into the South Australian context. His ministry extended across three states in Australia, and was marked by pastoral sensitivity in bringing together people from diverse backgrounds, and by effective church administration. Read more about Allan’s ministry in the Pastoral Note online here.

A memorial service for Rev Allan Shephard will be held at Clayton-Wesley Uniting Church at 10.30am on Thursday 28 June, 2018. (Please note that the original Pastoral Note incorrectly stated it was Friday 28 June – a correction was issued and is available to read online here.)

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

Receptive Ecumenism Mini-Conference

“Leaning into the Spirit: discernment, decision-making and reception” is the theme of the receptive ecumenism mini-conference being held on Saturday 28 July, 9am-4pm, at Catholic Education SA (116 George Street, Thebarton).

This gathering will be a place to share insights and learnings from the Fourth International Receptive Ecumenism Conference, which was held in Canberra in November 2017.

The mini-conference will be interactive, with time to listen and learn from one another and from two keynote speakers from the 2017 International Receptive Ecumenism Conference – Dr Antonia Pizzey (Lecturer, School of Theology / Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, Australian Catholic University) and Rev Dr Vicky Balabanski (Senior Lecturer in New Testament, Flinders University Department of Theology, and Co-Director of Biblical Studies, Uniting College for Leadership & Theology)

BYO lunch or head round the corner to a café with Middle Eastern food. A contribution of $10-$20 is invited towards costs of hosting this event and is payable on the day.

For more information, or to register, please email


2017 Financial Statements due 30 June 2018

Congregations, ‘parishes’ and faith communities are reminded that copies of their audited 2017 financial statements should be sent to the Synod office by 30 June, 2018. Financials consist of an income statement (profit and loss), a balance sheet (showing assets and liabilities) and an audit statement (in which the auditor states that the financials are accurate etc.). For more information, please contact Peter Harbison on 8236 4282 or 1300 766 956 (Country Callers) or email


UnitingWorld: EOFY Tax Appeal

In some of the world’s poorest places, Christian communities are having a real and positive impact. 

In recognition of the success of UnitingWorld’s poverty alleviation and peacebuilding projects, each year the Australian Government offers vital funding toward this work.

To receive Australian Aid funding, UnitingWorld is required to contribute $1 for every $5 they receive from the Australian Government.

This means that gifts made before 30 June (end of financial year) can go up to six times further toward the work of UnitingWorld’s local partners in Indonesia, India,West Timor and Zimbabwe.

Find out more or donate here.

The Great Pumpkin Party: feedback from Foodbank SA

The Great Pumpkin Party event hosted by Hawker Uniting Church earlier this month saw a huge number of pumpkins and non-perishable items donated to Foodbank SA.

Greg Pattinson, the CEO of Foodbank SA, had this to say about the church’s contributions and support:

“We are very thankful for the Hawker Uniting Church, the residents of Hawker and the wider Flinders Ranges Community for their generous support of Foodbank through The Great Pumpkin Party.

“The event raised a massive 675kg from the Great Pumpkin party and will enable Foodbank SA to put more than 1350 meals on the table of vulnerable South Australians in need in the region.

“Our recent Hunger Report shows that people living in regional areas are 11% more likely to require food relief but we also know they are amongst the most generous in our community. This is evidenced by the amazing donations of non-perishable items and particularly pumpkins through the event.”

The manager of the Foodbank SA branch in Whyalla, Sandy Woolford added:

“What a great initiative to bring the community together for a cause and also to help fellow Australians in need in the region. These pumpkins don’t end up in Metropolitan areas, those in need living on the Eyre Peninsula, West Coast and Far North South Australia will benefit from these pumpkins. From Foodbank, the other agencies, schools and individuals in the region in need, we thank you.” 


SAYCO 2018: save the date!

Details are beginning to be announced for SAYCO (South Australian Youth Camp Out) in 2018! Here's what you need to know so far:

Theme: Breathe, Breathe Again
Date: 29 September - 1 October 2018
Venue: Woodcroft College

Updates will continue to be provided through UC e-News, on the SAYCO webpage and through the Uniting Church SA Youth Facebook and Instagram.

This year, information about SAYCO will also be shared through an app. Search for “Yapp” in smart phone app stores, download the app, click to add an existing yapp and type 8P9KEM to get started, or visit

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