News & notices - 8 August 2018

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News & notices – 8 August 2018

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 8 August edition of UC e-News.


15th Assembly: marriage decision FAQ

A resource has been created of the frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding the decision on marriage made at the 15th Assembly. To access this resource this, visit the Assembly website.

New role for past President Stuart McMillan

Stuart McMillan will begin a new role with the National Assembly as Assembly Consultant Covenanting on 1 September, 2018. Mr McMillan will provide advice, support and leadership about honouring the church’s covenant with the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) to the Assembly and across the councils of the Uniting Church. For more information, please visit the Assembly website.

Disaster & Recovery Ministries SA training opportunity

Disaster and Recovery Ministries chaplains provide pastoral and spiritual care for communities who are recovering from disasters, particularly natural disasters such as bushfires. Disaster and Recovery Ministries encourage those who feel called to chaplaincy in this area to prayerfully consider attending the next two-day training session, to be held on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 March, from 9.30am-4.30pm each day. For more information, please contact Disaster and Recovery Ministries Coordinator Wendy Perkins on 8236 4284 or through email (">

Red Dove Café

The Red Dove Cafe team would love to hear from any church/group who could assist during Show week by washing aprons and tea towels either on a roster or daily. Arrangements can be made for collection and pickup from showgrounds. If interested, please call Lesley Williams on 0402 006 629.

Frontier Services fundraiser

For the first time in one hundred years, Frontier services are calling on the community for help. There is a growing need to provide critical support to farmers ‘doing it tough’ through this ‘silent’ drought. Frontier Services are asking for churches to participate in ‘The Great Outback BBQ’ this September to raise money and awareness. This is a fantastic opportunity to lend your support to those people living in the most isolated parts of our country. All proceeds go towards Frontier Services programs to help Aussie farmers. For more information or to register your BBQ, click here. Tap the link in the bio (or visit to register your own Great Outback BBQ and you can help make a difference for our Farmers.Tap the link in the bio (or visit to register your own Great Outback BBQ and you can help make a difference for our Farmers.

Pray for peace on the Korean Peninsula

The PROK partnership committee warmly invites you to join us in praying for peace on the Korean Peninsula this Sunday 12 August at 4pm at the Adelaide Korean Church (40 Third Street, St Morris). Refreshments will be available afterwards. For more information contact Rev Naomi Duke 0402029262 or Rev Do Young Kim 0430458456.

Filipino National Conference

The 4th Filipino National Conference will be held at St. Albans Uniting Church in Melbourne from the 19-21 October 2018. With President Dr Deidre Palmer and Bishop Coadjutor Rex Reys, Jr. as key speakers, the conference will focus on the theme of ‘Gods Mission in the Filipino Diaspora’. This is a great opportunity to invite and meet many Filipino members of the Uniting Church and be inspired by their stories of migration to Australia and their active participation in the church as Filipino Christians.

Friendship club

The Western Link Uniting Church Friendship Club meeting welcome the "Copycat Variety Show" for the first time on Thursday 16 August at 1.30pm (93 Crittenden Road, Findon). Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy this talented group. A donation of $5.00 at the door also includes afternoon tea. For more information please call Western Link Uniting Church on 8443 8145 or 8445 2332 or email:

Adelaide Christian Singles Facebook page

A Facebook page has been created for Adelaide Christian singles between the ages of 40-60. This page aims to provide a central place where people can find information on church events or church single events around Adelaide and where they can meet like-minded people in safe environments. This page is a chance for people to encourage each other and explore opportunities to create relationships in accordance with Christian values. To join the Adelaide Christian Singles (40-60) closed Facebook group, click here.

Sudanese community day of prayer for reconciliation

The National Council of Churches has extended an invitation for all church Sudanese communities to organise a Day of Prayer for Reconciliation across the country. In response, the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide has invited Church Leaders in the Sudanese Community to join with Sudanese Leaders from other Christian Church community’s to begin to plan for this shared Day of Prayer together. This meeting will be held at Centacare Catholic Family Services (45 Wakefield Street, Adelaide) on Thursday 23 August at 5:30pm-8pm. For more information or to RSVP please contact Clement Kuek by email"> by Thursday 16 August.

Order your Seasons of the Spirit material

Seasons of the Spirit is an international curriculum providing lectionary resources for worship, faith formations and services. Season of the Spirit link Sunday worship to small group studies and provide educational material for all ages. Available in 3 different formats (print, CD and online), the early discount saves around 15%. This offer expires on Friday 17 August 2018. For more information visit the Mediacom website.

World Council of Churches 70th anniversary resources

The 70th anniversary of the opening of the first Assembly in Amsterdam and the formal constitution of the World Council of Churches (WCC) will be on Thursday 23 August. A number of prayers are available and are encouraged by the WCC fellowship and friends/ partners to be used for anniversary celebrations. To access the anniversary prayers and songs click here. For more information about the WCC 70th Anniversary click here.


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:

Plus many others!

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.


Overdue Audited 2017 Financial Statements

If your congregation, faith community or ‘parish’ is yet to forward a copy of its audited 2017 financials to the Synod office please action this request as soon as possible.  Please note that the normal deadline for these is 30 June.  Financials should include a Balance Sheet, Income Statement (Profit & Loss) and an Audit Report.  Any questions are asked to be directed to Peter Harbison on (08) 8236 4282 (for country callers, 1300 766 956) or email:

Police Checks for Upcoming Events

If a police check is required for a forthcoming event (e.g. Red Dove Café or SAYCO) please ensure that the CURRENT form (on the UCSA website) is lodged with the Screening Services Unit as far in advance of the event as possible.  Responses to check requests can, in some cases, take up to 4 – 6 weeks to come back. For more information, please contact,   Peter Harbison Tel on (08) 8236 4282 (for country callers, 1300 766 956) or email:

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 (

Seminar on depression

Grange Uniting Church will be holding a seminar on depression and suicide. This informative seminar is presented by Rev Mark Boyce, a former nurse and chaplain who has worked in the mental health area for over 20 years, will look into topics that include: What is depression and what causes it, ways to deal with depression, and how to deal with the myths around suicide. This seminar will be held at Grange Uniting Church (5 Beach Street, Grange) on Tuesday 14 August at 7pm. For more information and to register, please click here, or contact Rev Mark Boyce by email or call 0402 906 780

Induction Service: Rev Alan Biglow

The induction service for Rev Alan Biglow will be at held at Woodville Uniting Church (44 Woodville Road, Woodville) on Sunday 12 August at 2:30pm. This service will be followed by an afternoon tea.

Bridgewater Arts Centre

Bridgewater Arts Centre is holding another music night featuring: 4tune8, a sibling string quartet; Kathie Renner, singer and songwriter; and Sevenfold, a fusion of rock, folk and rhythm and blues. Bridgewater Arts Centre launched in June, 2018, and is dedicated on supporting local artists and nurture an inclusive community through cultural events. This event will be held on Saturday 11 August, 7:30-9:30pm at the Bridgewater arts centre (407 Mount Barker Road, Bridgewater, 5155). Cost: adults $15, concession $10, under 12 years FREE. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

Pastoral Partner Seminars

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Pastoral Partner Program, Mediacom presents two seminars to encourage, train and inspire Pastoral Care in congregations. Seminars will be held at Rosefield Uniting Church (2 Carlton Street, Highgate) on Friday 21 September, 7-9pm, and Saturday 22 September, 9:30 am – 3:30pm. For more information go to Mediacom’s website or call 1800 811 311.

Concerts at Kent Town

Concerts at Kent Town will hold their second concert for 2018 on Wednesday 15 August from 2-3pm and will feature clarinettist Katie Marshall and organist Andrew Georg. Concerts will be held at Wesley Uniting Church Kent Town (27 Grenfell Street, Kent Town). Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15 and includes a generous afternoon tea. For more information, click here

RYLA 2018 seminar

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a 7 day residential leadership seminar for young adults who are keen to exercise and develop their leadership abilities. Held at Nunyara Conference Centre, young adults will develop their abilities in public speaking, self-confidence, conflict resolution, creative thinking and so much more. For more information head to RYLA’s website or contact Stephany Martin on 0439 572 495. 

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