News & Notices - 25 July 2018

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News & notices – 25 July 2018

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 25 July edition of UC e-News.


NEW Intergenerational Ministry Resources

‘Engage Together: More than Worship, More than Sunday’ concisely explains what intergenerational ministry means (not just intergenerational worship). It includes tools and examples for churches considering what their next steps could be in becoming more intergenerational as a whole community across the life of the church. This resource also includes a two-page fact sheet summarising what intergenerational ministry means with discussion questions for your context. Download the flyer here.

Surrender Adelaide: Saints and Citizens

Surrender is a collective of Christians passionate about affirming, encouraging and inspiring people for incarnational mission and justice. This event exists to raise up Christians to live the radical call of Jesus. At the core of Surrender is the relationship with and involvement of Indigenous Australian people of this land. Explore the theme: "Saints and Citizens" with keynote speakers, Pastor Ray Minniecon, Melinda Cousins and Kim Hammond. The Uniting Aboriginal Islander Christian Congress is one of the hosting partners for Surrender Adelaide. Surrender Adelaide 2018 will be held at Marion Church of Christ (Alawoona Ave, Mitchell Park) from Friday 12 October – Sunday 14 October.  Early Bird registration for Surrender Adelaide 2018 closes on Tuesday 31 July. To register and for more information about this event visit their website or contact Sophie Gerrie on 0431 555 778 or via her">email.

Lay Preachers’ Sunday

The first Sunday in August each year is Lay Preachers' Sunday in SA. Every congregation is encouraged to celebrate the contribution to the church that Lay Preachers make. Notes for liturgy and preaching for the day can be found on the UCSA website.

Mission Resourcing: Big Book Sunday – explore the Bible in Book Week

The UCSA Intergen Team have produced a free resource encouraging and recommending ways to celebrate and explore the Bible during Book Week (18 - 24 August), particularly on Sunday 19 August. It includes resources and activity ideas for use in Sunday services, intergenerational worship and age-specific programs. Download the free resource here.  

Invigor8 Clare Leaders Gathering cancelled

Due to the lack of RSVP’s the Invigor8 Clare Leaders Gathering has been cancelled. The Clare gathering was due to be held at Clare Uniting Church this Saturday 28 July. The next Leaders Gathering will be held at Salisbury Uniting Church on Thursday 9 August. Details for the next Invigor8 Leaders Gathering can be found here.

Criminal history checks: NEW application form

The new Application & Informed Consent form for the Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) is now available on the Uniting Church SA website. This must be used with immediate effect as this reflects changes to proof of identity requirements (people who cannot provide the full ID requirements specified on the application form should contact the Screening Services Unit to discuss alternatives before submitting an application). Old forms received will be returned to the applicant as they are no longer accepted as of 1 July 2018. You can find the new forms here.

Red Dove Café: volunteers wanted

The Red Dove Café is looking for volunteers to fill three shifts per day for the duration of the Royal Adelaide Show (Friday 31 August-Sunday 9 September). Shifts include: 6-11am, 11am-4pm, and 3:30-8:30pm. The Red Dove Café has been a part of the Royal Adelaide Show for over 65 years. This is a great outreach mission for the church where 100% of the profits support mission projects in SA. If you are interested please contact Zoe Hessling by">email.

Mission Resourcing: new staff members

Sitiveni Rogoimuri will join the Mission Resourcing team in the role of ‘Transforming Mission Officer’. He has strong experience in building relationships with other cultures including First Peoples, training and support, Sitiveni begins in the role on Wednesday, August 8.

Rev Dr Paul Goh will also join the Mission Resourcing team as the ‘Transforming Justice Officer’. Paul comes to us from the Port Philip East Presbytery in Victoria. He was ordained by the Presbyterian Church of Korea before spending time ministering and studying both in Korea and the US. Paul will begin his role on Monday, August 20.

The Disaster and Recovery Ministries team has also appointed Helen Birch as a 0.2 FTE Administration Assistant. Helen is now part of the Pastoral Relations and Mission Planning team and will work in the Synod office on Wednesdays.

Domestic Violence (DV) Alert Training

The next General DV- Alert two-day accredited training is on August 29-30 and is open to frontline workers within Uniting Communities and the wider community. This two day general workshop will teach you how to recognise, respond to and refer domestic violence effectively. For more information, or to register, please visit the DV Alert website.

Meditation with Children and Young People Workshop

A Gift for Life: Meditation with Children and Young People is hosted by The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) Australia and is a workshop for teachers, school chaplains and anyone who would like to teach children to meditate. This workshop will be held at The Monastery Function Centre (15 Cross Rd, Glen Osmond SA, 5064) on Thursday 6 September from 9:30am-3:30pm. The cost of this workshop is $100 and includes morning tea and lunch. Bookings are essential. For further information and to register visit their website or">email Mirella Pace, or call 0408 470 114.


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.

Peoples Poverty Summit

The People’s Poverty Summit will discuss how the community can fight the attacks on welfare recipients and low-income workers. The event will include break-out groups to plan for campaigns and information stalls to sign petitions and write to MP’s. People’s Poverty Summit will be held on Saturday 28 July 2018, at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church (corner of Portrush road and the Parade, Norwood) from 11:30am-6:30pm. For more information and to register click here, and for information about the events during the day click here.

Rev Alan Biglow induction service

The induction service for Rev Alan Biglow will be at held at Woodville Uniting Church, not Enfield Uniting Church as previously announced. Details still to be confirmed.

Equipping Church Councils workshop

Equipping Church Councils will be a time to discern and determine strategic actions for engagement with the social fabric of our local communities. This workshop for church councils will create an opportunity to share and gain insights, hear from practitioners, and receive tools to apply in local situations. This one day only workshop will be held at Christ Church Uniting Wayville (26 King William Road, Wayville, 5034) on Saturday 11 August 2018, from 9:30am – 12:30pm. All are welcome to attend this free event, although RSVP’s (by Friday 3 August) are required. For more information or to RSVP please contact Susan Burt on 0412 552 703 or through">email.

Urban Mission Network – August Gathering

Urban Mission Network’s August Gathering will be centred on connecting, collaborating, and celebrating their presence in our multi-cultural neighbourhoods. Bring a donation to cover the cost of your meal provided on the night (please advise of any dietary needs). Location to be announced. RSVP by Thursday 24 August 2018, to Susan Burt on 0412 552 703 or by">email.

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.



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