News, Notices & Prayer points - 1 June 2021

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News & Notices – 1 June 2021

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for Tuesday, 1st June edition of UC e-News


Prayer Points for the week:

We pray:

  • For the state of Victoria and its people as they come to terms with a further COVID-19 outbreak
  • For all families that may be separated during this pandemic
  • Ministers/Pastors/Lay Preachers as they continue to support congregations and the wider community
  • For our frontline health workers and those involved in ministering to the sick
  • We pray for the elderly that they are able to stay safe and well.



Safe Church Update

‘It is a fundamental right of every person to be safe, and today, it is especially relevant to acknowledge this right for children and young people,’ said UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer as she offers this video message on International Children’s Day, sharing some of what we are doing across the life of our Church to create safe spaces for everyone.

Find out more what it means to be a safe church here https://safechu

A reminder that in the coming month each congregation will be asked to complete the 2021 Safe Church Audit. Thank you for the on-going ways you are all making our church a safe place to be. If you are looking for information about training and other resources, be sure to visit our new website:




Reconciliation Week 2021 and National Sorry Day

Reconciliation Week 2021 begins with National Sorry Day on 26th May, and then from the 27th May, the anniversary of the 1967 referendum and concluding on 3rd June, the day in 1992 that Eddie (Koiki) Mabo won and the lie of terra nullius was laid bare by Koiki in the Australian High Court.

This year’s theme is ‘More than a Word – Reconciliation takes Action’. For more information visit:




2021 Refugee Week - – Sunday 20 June to Saturday 26 June

The Refugee Week theme for this year is Unity – The way forward. During the COVID-19 pandemic we have learned that our society is only as strong and healthy as the most vulnerable in our communities and we are called to work together to help build a more compassionate and cohesive community during Refugee Week.

The Uniting Church in South Australia sees strength in diversity and we strategically endeavour to support ministries on the margins. Let’s take the opportunity to build back better and move forward unified together with our most vulnerable and marginalised refugee neighbours.

For planning worship services and events, the Synod Refugee Advocacy Group has put together a one-page sheet of resources for congregations. It can be downloaded here.

For information on ways you might like to support refugees, please download information here.




Synod Ecumenical Relations Committee Award

The Synod Ecumenical Relations Committee (SERC) invites congregations who have been involved in Ecumenical activities within their local community to submit a brief of their activity to SERC. This can be via a written report with photographs, video, or whatever creative presentation you would like to make.

This award has been agreed to by Synod with $600 included in the SERC budget. Certificates will be presented to all applicants. The closing date is 17th September, 2021 and the award will be presented at a future Synod meeting.

Please submit applications to Don Hopgood or Velvy Holden at or mail to SERC c/o 19 Ray Avenue, Morphett Vale 5162.




Disaster and Recovery Ministries SA Chaplaincy Training

The next 2-day training opportunity for volunteer chaplains will be held on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd June at Seacliff Uniting Church. Chaplains are trained to provide pastoral and spiritual support to those affected by disasters in the wider community as part of the State Emergency Management Plan. Further information is available at:

To book please visit:




CALD and Intercultural Ministry Online Survey 2021 (closes today)

This survey will inform a project which aims to resource Congregations/Presbyteries/ Agencies/Synod in shaping Action Plans for the Church as it continues to be a multicultural and cross-cultural Church with three identified foci of Synod Strategic Priorities 2021-2025:

  • Understand Who We Are as UCA
  • Create Local Connections
  • Support Ministries on the Margins.

The survey is expected to take approximately 20 minutes to complete and you can access further information and the survey at this link. Please note, this survey will close on Tuesday, 1st June, 2021.




Winter Retreat, 18-19 June, Nunyara

The Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts is holding a Creative Winter Retreat for artists in June. A time for creative community, writers, visual and performing artists to be tucked away in the Adelaide Hills to practise your craft and to be inspired. Reconnect with your inner artist and be spiritually nurtured in this retreat. You have the option of a full overnight retreat, commencing Friday evening, or a day-only retreat from 9.00am-5.00pm on Saturday. Sean Gilbert and Sharonne Price will be leading the retreat. For speaker bios, program and registration information visit




Reconciliation Week Appeal 2021

This year’s Reconciliation Week Appeal supports youth and young adults to be trained as leaders and followers of Jesus in the Uniting Church in South Australia. Young people are the leaders not just tomorrow, but also today. The Congress (UAICC) appreciates the support of all churches, fellowships and individuals who support Congress on a regular or ad-hoc basis. Please print out the poster for more information which is available at this link.




New Climate Change Videos now available

COVID-19 has negatively affected every aspect of life in every country. Climate Change is also starting to negatively impact more people and biodiversity at a growing pace all around the world.

The UCFAMS team has addressed these two issues in their new video series, ‘Lessons from COVID-19 for the Climate Emergency.’

Part 1 of the video looks at the lessons we can learn from COVID and Part 2 addresses the Biblical principles and suggested personal, public and political actions for individuals and groups.

The strength of these videos is that at the end of each section there are questions for discussion – ideal for sessions after worship when people can gather over coffee and view together, to discuss and potentially decide on actions to better care for God's creation.

The series can be accessed at the following link.




MediaCom Education Book Sale

MediaCom Education is having a massive sale on all Woodlake books, all stock has been reduced by 40% and is available for purchase with the code ‘woodlake40’. There are limited numbers of some stock so get in quick! Shop the sale here.




Rev Dr Aunty Denise Champion Induction

On Monday 7th June at 12:30 pm Rev Dr Aunty Denise Champion will be inducted into the role of Aboriginal Theologian in Residence at the Uniting College. This is a significant milestone as we live out the covenant between First and Second peoples. The service will be held at Adelaide West Uniting Church and to attend you are asked to register using this link.




Active Retired Ministers and the Online Directory

At the Synod meeting in February this year, it was resolved that active retired ministers should have continuing access to the online directory. In order to do this, retired ministers are invited to create a Uniting Portal account via this lin: Once actioned please email and access to the online directory will be organised.




Volunteer Sewing Teacher required at Junction Community Centre, Ottoway

A volunteer is required to teach 6-8 women from a variety of cultural backgrounds how to sew from concept to completion. Support by giving back and assist vulnerable people and communities in APY lands. Thursdays, from 10.00 am – 12.00 noon during school term. Machines, fabric and haberdashery are provided. Contact Sophia at Junction Community Centre by phoning (08) 8341 1334.




Kairos Prison Ministry Australia

Kairos is a ministry of passing on God’s love to prison inmates and officials. You are invited to be part of this ministry by sharing in a range of activities from the 22nd through to the 25th June, 2021. Further details are available at this website:




Choral Evensong – Pilgrim Uniting Church

Samuel Sebastian Wesley’s ‘Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace’ is the anthem for Pilgrim’s next Evensong service. This spacious, uplifting song of praise, one of the finest examples of Victorian choral writing, was sung at two most recent coronations. Listen to it here as performed by the Choir of the Westminster Abbey:

Saturday, 5th June, 5.00 pm at Pilgrim Uniting Church, 12 Flinders Street, Adelaide. All welcome.




Click here for the News, Notices & Prayer points – 25 May 2021, which includes updates about:

  • Safe Church Update
  • President’s Conference 2021 Wrap-up
  • Reconciliation Week 2021 and National Sorry Day
  • 2021 Refugee Week – Sunday 20th June to Saturday 26th June
  • Growing Up Uniting
  • Act2 Reflection Continues
  • Synod Ecumenical Relations Committee Award
  • ‘Realisations and Reflections’ Book Launch – Pilgrim Church
  • Disaster and Recovery Ministries SA Chaplaincy Training
  • CALD and Intercultural Ministry Online Survey 2021
  • PreachFest – South Australian Hub
  • Winter Retreat, 18-19 June, Nunyara
  • SA History Festival – Pilgrim Uniting Church Archive Guided Tours
  • Safe Church Training
  • Music on Flinders – Autumn Series
  • Reconciliation Week Appeal 2021
  • Free Ricoh MP C30 03 Copier/Printer

Check out last week’s UC eNews to keep you updated.


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