News, Notices & Prayer points - 1 October 2019

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News & notices – 1 October 2019

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

Prayer Points for the week

  • For the Spirit-led guidance of the newly-formed Generate and Transitional Presbyteries of South Australia.
  • For a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence to take root in our nation and beyond.


Intergen Worship Ideas for Children's Week 18 - 27 Oct 2019

Children's Week is an annual celebration of children in our communities. The 2019 theme focuses on the right of children to access good quality health care.

The Intergen Team has developed a resource with different ideas for celebrating children, and encouraging intergenerational relationships, in worship services during Children’s Week (Sunday 20 or 27 October). It includes ideas for call to worship, early word, prayers of praise and prayers for others.

Find this downloadable resource here:


Child Safe & Code of Ethics Training

The next full day of training in “Safe Environments - Through Their Eyes” for children and young people: “Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect” will be held at Gawler Uniting, Todd St Gawler on Tuesday 15 October.

To register your attendance, please email Cost is $30.00, payable on the day.

All ministry agents are required to annually attend a refresher in the Code of Ethics. The next refresher on offer will be held Tuesday 22 October at Marion Uniting Church, Township Road, Marion from 1:30 till 4:40pm. To register and pay go to:


Indonesian Christian Church West Java: English Language Teacher

The Indonesian Christian Church West Java Synod has a Christian school with full English programs. However, they are facing some difficulties in providing a native English speaker for teaching the English language.

The school is currently seeking a person who is licensed to teach English in Indonesia for one to two years.

For more info please email Rev David de Kock, General Secretary of the Uniting Church WA, at


Drug Testing Trial Legislation

UnitingCare Australia lodged a submission to Senate Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2019. This is the third Bill proposing drug testing of people receiving unemployment benefits, and the third submission made opposing such a proposal. UnitingCare put forward the argument that the likely impact on the health, well-being and behaviour of beneficiaries must be considered based on evidence from similar trials overseas.


Surrender Adelaide 19: October 11 - 12

The Uniting Aboriginal & Islander Christian Congress are again a joint sponsor of this unique event, which brings people together from different churches, at Marion Church of Christ. Keynote speakers include Uniting Church & Aboriginal leaders - Charissa Suli, Brooke Prentis and Eileen Glass from L'Arche.

Other highlights include the Welcome to Country on Saturday afternoon at Warraparinga and Indigenous worship on Saturday night. For more information visit:, or call 0431 123 652.


Didn’t read the last “News & notices”? The items below are ones you might want to catch up on.


Contemplation at the Royal Adelaide Hospital

UCA Members are invited to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for a time of silent prayer every Tuesday, 12:15 – 12:45pm, in the chapel on Level 3. This invitation is for Hospital staff, patients, and visitors, along with other who feel a calling to pray.

Come and go as you are able during this time of silent prayer for the hospital; Rev 8:1.  For more information please contact Rev Nicholas Rundle at


U City now open on Franklin Street

Uniting Communities' U City development has officially opened in the heart of the CBD. Located on the corner of Franklin & Pitt Streets, the unique mixed-use building offers retirement living, specialist accessible accommodation, a function centre, commercial space, hospitality, retail and more.

U City is also home to the newly launched City View Uniting Church, as well as Uniting Communities' services including Lifeline Adelaide, legal services, aged care services, financial, personal & family counselling, mental health, and alcohol & drug support. 

If you would like to access the U City Function centre as a venue to host your centrally-located meeting, conference or gathering, please contact Rev Andrew Robertson by email:


The Annual General Meeting of the General Council of the South Australian Council of Churches will be held on Saturday, 12 October, from 8:45am at Seaford Christian Churches. An agenda can be found here, and information needed for a significant part of the AGM can be found here. Please RSVP to by Monday 7 October.

The SACC’s offices have also moved to Unit 1, 76-80 Sturt Street, Adelaide.





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