News, Notices & Prayer points - 1 September 2020

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News & Notices – 1 September 2020

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

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Prayer Points for the week

  • All those dedicated to caring for God's creation in worship and advocacy.
  • During this Season of Creation, we pray in thanksgiving for the earth which all life is rooted, sun which energy radiates life, water which nurtures and revives us, and other co-creatures for which we are called to care and love.


National Child Protection Week (6-12 September)

Each year commencing on Father’s Day, National Child Protection Week celebrates many ways the community can make a difference in the life of a child. The National Association for Prevention of Child abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) is offering a variety of resources and online webinars that are open to anyone to participate.

This year’s theme ‘Putting children first’ echoes the Gospel reading from Matthew 18. Rev Philip Gardner, Executive Officer Placements and Safe Church wrote a reflection about this gospel which can be viewed here.

For more details www.napcan.org.au

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The Season of Creation, 1st September – 4th October

Today, September 1st marks the start of 'The Season of Creation' where we celebrate the earth God has created and the season of new growth.

This year’s theme is 'Jubilee for the Earth' that aims to encourage Christians around the world to use this period to renew their relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion and commitment.

Rev Paul Goh led a celebration for 'The Season of Creation' Facebook live today. If you missed it, the video is available on Synod of SA Facebook page.

To view Prayer Service for the Season of Creation Powerpoint slides, click here.

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Ordination of Haydn Lush - Presbytery of Southern SA

The ordination of Haydn Lush will take place at 10am, Saturday 12th September, as part of the opening worship of the Presbytery of Southern SA meeting at Adelaide West Uniting Church.

If you are able to join us for this significant occasion, please RSVP to the Secretary of the Presbytery at southern.secretary@sa.uca.org.au by Wednesday 9th September.

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Young adults: Come and join NYALC Online

With the cancellation of the National Young Adult Leaders (NYALC) gathering in Adelaide, the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) President Dr Deidre Palmer and Rev Charissa Suli are hosting a series of online gatherings for UCA young adults. Share your reflections, hopes, concerns and stay connected to one another.

Last Sunday 30th August was the first NYALC Online gathering. If you have not already, join NYALC Online by choosing one of the future dates:

  • Thursday 3rd September, 7.30 - 9.00pm AEST
  • Monday 19th October, 7.30 – 9.00pm AEST

Register by emailing nerylm@nat.uca.org.au. The flyer can be downloaded here.

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Safe Church Audit Survey 2020 - Reminder

Thank you to the congregations who have already completed the 2020 Safe Church Audit Survey.

In order to report nationally, the Safe Church team would appreciate responses from all congregations by Monday 7th September. If your congregation has not seen this request, please contact safechurch@sa.uca.org.au for the survey link to be sent to you.

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Children’s Ministry Coordinator – Adelaide West Uniting Church

Adelaide West Uniting Church seeks to be a community of acceptance, hope and transformation in Jesus, drawing people into a relationship with Jesus Christ and contributing to the transformation of individuals and the community. The church offers a variety of services (three in-person services and one online service) and community programs including mainly music on Thursday mornings and Kids’ Space on Sunday mornings during the 11am service. The Children’s Ministry Coordinator position has been created to oversee and lead the children’s ministry.

The Position Description and Person Specification for this role is available here. Please forward applications via email addressing the selection criteria of the Position Description & Person Specification to minister@awuc.org.au by no later than 5pm, 15th September 2020.

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Youth Ministry Coordinator – Adelaide West Uniting Church

Adelaide West Uniting Church seeks to be a community of acceptance, hope and transformation in Jesus, drawing people into a relationship with Jesus Christ and contributing to the transformation of individuals and the community. The church offers a variety of services (three in-person services and one online service) and community programs including youth activities on Friday nights and Sunday mornings during the 11am service. The Youth Ministry Coordinator position has been created to oversee and lead the youth ministry.

The Position Description and Person Specification for this role is available here. Please forward applications via email addressing the selection criteria of the Position Description & Person Specification to minister@awuc.org.au by no later than 5pm, 15th September 2020.

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Zoom Introduction to Meditation

Thomas Merton said, ‘We are always beginners.’ Learn about or strengthen your Christian meditation practice on three consecutive Thursdays (3rd, 10th & 17th September) beginning at 7:30 pm. We will explore how to calm the busy mind and restless body as well as to enter silence where we encounter God. Each session concludes with a time of meditation. Contact Christine Gilbert on christinegilb@optusnet.com.au to receive the Zoom link and handout.

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World Suicide Prevention day: Memories, Music and Meditation

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention day. It's a time to remember those in our lives affected by mental ill-health. It's a time to remember our own vulnerability and check-in with ourselves. Take a moment and come along to this free meditative recital put on by some of Adelaide's best musicians at Scots Church and there will be spaces for quiet reflection and opportunities for people to talk to a counsellor if needed.

Thursday 10th September, 11-3pm

For more information: https://sa.uca.org.au/events/details/2009-memories-music-and-meditation

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Communion Workshop - Honouring the Sacred

Questions about communion? What's in the liturgy? Why do it? Juice or wine? Pre-cut bread or loaf? What to say when serving? How to involve children? How does being COVID-19 safe change things?

Come along to the Centre for Music Liturgy and the Arts Communion event to explore these questions and more.

Led by Rev Dr Sean Gilbert and Rev John Hughes.

Burnside City Uniting Church

Tuesday, 8 September, 7.30-9pm

$10/person

For more information: https://www.cmla.org.au/events/communion-workshop/

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Landscapes in your Spiritual Journey - Watercolour Workshop with Karan Hudson

A workshop to experiment with and learn watercolour techniques to express elements of landscape and the spirituality of the natural world.

The Corner Uniting Church,
Saturday 19 September
Time: 10am-4pm
BYO: food and drinks
Cost: $100 (includes tuition and all materials)

To maintain social distancing and stay COVID safe there are limited places so please send your expression of interest to admin@cmla.org.au

More information: cmla.org.au

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Adelaide White Ribbon Grants of up to $5,000 are opening soon

The Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast and Adelaide White Ribbon Night Committees are pleased to launch the 2020 Small Grants Program, offering funding up to $5,000.00 to support projects aimed at the prevention of violence against women. The project should have an advocacy, educational, prevention or victim / survivor support focus.

Applicants should be non‐government, not‐for‐profit organisations or individuals, with the target group / audience being primarily non‐government. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, migrant and CALD communities are encouraged to apply.

Applications open: Saturday 5th September 2020 at 9.00am

Applications close: Saturday 3rd October 2020 at 5.00pm

For more information: https://adelaidewhiteribbonbreakfast.vpweb.com.au/Grants.html




If you didn’t get to read the last ‘News & Notices?’

Click here for the News, Notices & Prayer points – 25 August 2020, which includes updates about:

  • Synod Standing Committee Update
  • COVID-19 Update – Church groups and hirers resources
  • Highbury Street - Grant Funding closing soon
  • Safe Church Audit Survey 2020 - Reminder
  • Human rights and people with disability during COVID-19
  • Conversations with Children and Family Ministry Leaders
  • Uniting World’s Appeal for South Sudanese partners
  • Communion Workshop - Honouring the Sacred
  • NCCA newsletter
  • Associate General Secretary (Strategy) - WA
  • Changes to UCA President's Conference
  • The UnitingCare Australia board recruitment (3 positions)
  • White Pages Directory - Country Areas

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


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