News, Notices & Prayer points - 10 March 2020

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News & notices – 10 March 2020

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Tuesday 10 March edition of UC e-News.



Prayer Points for the week

  • All those seeking to deepen their discipleship through Lent
  • For everyone impacted by the Coronavirus
  • For KCO 2020: for God's love and grace to be evident in all we do and say, for a safe and healthy camp, for young people particularly to grow as followers of Jesus, for opportunities to share and grow in faith together, and for lots of fun.


A Prayer in Response to Coronavirus

UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer has written a prayer in response to the current outbreak of COVID-19 (or Coronavirus), along with advice for congregations.

Read the prayer and advice here.


In Memoriam: Rev David Bruce Pill

It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the death of Rev David Pill at the age of 88 years. David’s funeral will be held at Clayton-Wesley Uniting Church, 280 Portrush Rd Beulah Park, on Wednesday 11 March, commencing at 12:30pm. A pastoral note was sent on Friday 6 March and can be read here.

If you don’t currently receive Pastoral Notes and would like to receive them in future, please subscribe to the distribution list here.


Easter Services Details

The Synod Communications and Events team would like to remind congregations to send us their Easter services details so that these can be published on the Synod website. This helps greatly for those in our communities who would like to attend an Easter service and rely on information gained via the internet to find the correct dates and times. The best way to send the information through is to submit it via the online events calendar here.

This is also a reminder that the last chance to get assistance with the printing of Easter postcards will be Friday 20 March. A whole suite of Easter resources is available on the Synod website for self-printing. Alternatively, the Communications and Events team can provide assistance. Find details here.


KCO Connect 2020: A few reminders

We are super excited about KCO 2020! There are over 20 church groups registered. We'll be exploring connecting with Jesus, connecting with each other and connecting with nature.

We invite all churches to please be praying for KCO at Victor Harbor on 21-22 March. Please pray for God's love and grace to be evident in all we do and say, for a safe and healthy camp, for young people particularly to grow as followers of Jesus, for opportunities to share and grow in faith together, and for lots of fun.

A few reminders:

  • Final registrations for campers and leaders close tomorrow, Wed 11 March, in the evening.
  • Group Kits are now available for collection from Uniting College with iron on transfers, wrist bands and offering envelopes.
  • Anyone with a current WWCC is invited to join the KCO Team - we work hard but have lots of fun! Whether you can lead a craft activity on Saturday afternoon, assist with set up on Friday or pack up on Sunday, or generally help as needed to make the weekend activities happen over the 2 days - you're invited to be part of making KCO happen.

For further info about anything KCO, contact the KCO office - or find more info on the website:


Face Painter training

Come and enjoy a face painting workshop - learn how to do small designs and engage in missional conversation opportunities. We would also love anyone (with a current Working With Children Check) to come along who is also available to volunteer at KCO on Sat 21 March.

We are offering one FREE training session on Wednesday 11 March at 3:00pm at Ingle Farm Salvos (cnr Bridge and Maxwell Roads). If you’re interested please contact Melissa Neumann ( to confirm your place. All materials will be provided and training is with a professional face painter.


President’s Conference 2020

This year's President's Conference will be held in Adelaide from 2-5 October, and explores expressions on the theme of "every member ministry". Registrations are open.

Bookmark this page to stay updated with information about the conference or to register.


Correction: Spicer Cottages

It has come to our attention that the wrong email address was published along with the “Note to ministers re Spicer Cottages” (News and Notices, 3 March 2020).

The correct email address for Carole Lyons, to which all correspondence and enquiries regarding the cottages should be directed, is


SACC Office Manager & PA - Position Vacant

The SA Council of Churches, an ecumenical organisation concerned with promoting the activities of all Christian Churches in South Australia, has a position available for an Office Manager and Personal Assistant.

This 0.64 FTE/24 hour-per-week role, worked over three or four days, will provide administrative and management support. For further enquires, contact Rev Anne Hewitt at Applications close 4:00pm Thursday 19 March 2020.

The SACC also has a weekly electronic newsletter to which people can subscribe. Click here to access their latest newsletter. To subscribe to the newsletter, click here.


Cashless Debit Card

UnitingCare Australia put out a joint media release with the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress reflecting their concerns about the extension of the cashless debit card in existing sites and the expansion into the Northern Territory and Cape York. A copy of the media release is available here.


Aged Care Royal Commission

The Aged Care Royal Commission held a hearing on 4 March at which Counsel Assisting presented proposals for a redesign of the aged care system. The Royal Commission has asked for responses to the proposals by 18 March. For further information on the proposals and to read the transcript click here. 

The Commission has scheduled a workshop on 16 & 17 March focused on research, innovation and technology.  The workshop will be held in Adelaide with local and international witnesses.  More information can be found here.



Didn’t read the last “News & notices”? The items below will keep you updated.


In memoriam

It is with sadness that we share the news of the deaths of Rev Rob Davis (19 May 1930 – 28 February 2020), Rev Norman Alfred Scrimshaw (6 November 1938 - 1 March 2020) and Rev Bernard Angus Clarke AM (24 December 1937 – 23 February 2020). Pastoral notes on their passing were sent to those who subscribe to receive them, but can also be accessed by following the individually named links. A tribute to Bernie, who was a former UCA Assembly Associate General Secretary and National Consultant to the UAICC, was published in last week’s Assembly National Update newsletter and can be read here.

If you would like to receive pastoral notes and are not currently subscribed to receive them, please subscribe to the distribution list here.


Note to ministers re Spicer Cottages

The Spicer Cottages Trust (whose charter is to provide retirement accommodation support to Uniting Church Ministers where the need is demonstrated) would welcome any expressions of interest from Uniting Church Ministers for such support during their retirement years. Maximum advance notice would assist.

This might apply to already retired Ministers or surviving spouses. Initial enquiries should be preferably in writing (email or letter) to Carole Lyons, Secretary by email: or posted letter to: The Secretary, Spicer Cottages Trust, 26 Chapel Street, MAGILL SA 5072.


UCA National News update

The Uniting Church Assembly’s weekly newsletter with updates about what is happening around the country is available online here.

Featured in this edition is information on the UnitingWorld Lent Event, a UCA-hosted interfaith roundtable on the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the Summer Spirit 2020 conference in WA and more.


Highlights from the State Mission Fellowship’s 2019 year

Did you know that, in 2019, the State Mission Fellowship’s Red Dove Café raised $63,000, which was distributed between 10 SA ministries associated with the UCA? Additionally, President Lesley Williams’ President’s Project raised $36,000 for theological training for women in Papua New Guinea while the International Op Shop (at St Andrews by the Sea, Glenelg) sent $5,000 to Uniting World projects and $5000 to the North Luzon Church of Christ in the Philippines to help with legal fees for people illegally incarcerated.

The Sally Stamp Group gave $3,000 to the South Pacific Aid group, paid for books to go to Africa, paid the freight for Packing Day goods to go to Oodnadatta and donated $1000 to the Bush Fire Appeal.

For more information about these donations and a number of other achievements, or how to get involved with the State Mission Fellowship programs, please contact Jill Polkinghorne by email:


Calling all used candles

General Secretary Felicity Amery would like to ask for donations of used/dead candles of any colour, size or description. This is to be used in her workshop at the UnitingWomen 2020 Conference in June this year. Donated candles can be sent to the Synod office at 212 Pirie Street, Adelaide. Alternatively, Felicity can arrange for pickups – please contact her by email to make such arrangements:


CMLA’s latest news

The Centre for Music, Liturgy & the Arts has released their latest newsletter featuring upcoming events and dates to note. Read it here.


Frontier News

Frontier Services' first quarterly publication for 2020 is out now. This edition features a gripping account by Bush Chaplain Rev Rowena Harris of being trapped in Mallacoota by the bushfires. Also a feature on Pastor Julia Lennon, the first ever female Aboriginal Bush Chaplain, who is working to bring First and Second Peoples together in Oodnadatta.

Read (and subscribe) here.


Calendar correction

The 2020 Calendar of the Synod of South Australia states that National Sorry Day is on Friday 22 May. This is incorrect. National Sorry Day falls on Tuesday 26 May, the day before the start of National Reconciliation Week. As a result, Reconciliation Sunday is on 31 May.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this erroneous date may have caused.


Zombies at Easter – I don’t think so!

The Bible Society is once again giving away free children’s books for Easter. This is a brand new Australian book, written by renowned children’s author Susannah McFarlane. She wrote the booklet Who, What, Why, How of Christmas last year and the Easter version is its companion. When the cynical character Josh learns that Jesus died and came back to life, he immediately suggests that Jesus was a zombie. The narrator is quick to point out two distinct differences.

You can order three books from their website for free, with the aim of keeping one and giving two away to friends. Find your books here.



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