News, Notices & Prayer points - 11 August 2020

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News & Notices – 11 August 2020

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for the Tuesday 11 August edition of UC e-News


Prayer Points for the week

  • The people of Beirut and Lebanon, and the Lebanese diaspora who are in mourning
  • The victims of nuclear weapons over the last 75 years and the courageous advocates who work to end the threat of nuclear destruction
  • The worship, witness and service of Uniting Church in SA Congregations

COVID-19 Update

On Friday, July 7th, 2020, the South Australian Premier held a press conference but no new restrictions were announced. This means that there are no new guidelines for congregations to adhere to at present. Congregation members are advised to remain vigilant and remember to maintain:

  1. A density requirement of 1 person per 2 square metres
  2. Physical distancing of 1.5 metres
  3. Frequent hand-washing/sanitising and cleaning of surfaces/furniture and equipment
  4. Seated consumption of food and drinks, with individual serves prepared by one server.

Synod of SA continues to monitor government advice and will communicate with congregations as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact Associate General Secretary Rev Sue Page and check Synod website ( for the latest update.


A Light of Peace Online Prayer Vigil

August 15th is Liberation Day in both South and North Korea. It marks the date in 1945 when Korea gained independence from Japanese colonial oppression. Sadly and ironically, the 15th of August also marks the day Korea divided into two countries.

All members of Uniting Church in SA are invited to join ‘A Light of Peace’ online Prayer Service, which will be live streamed on the Synod of SA Facebook page at 10am on Saturday, August 15th, 2020.

The Mission Resourcing team and the Synod’s Korean partnership support group will be hosting this event in solidarity with Iksan Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of South Korea. There will be a designated time in the service to write a prayer in the comments section for peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula.


Heritage Theology and Polity of the UCA

Understanding your church - where it came from, how it’s organised, and how change happens - empowers your leadership. You are invited to enrol in Rev Prof Andrew Dutney's popular intensive course on UCA history, theology and polity - either as an audit student or for academic credit. The course involves three one-day seminars August 26th, September 2nd and September 10th, supplemented by online learning. Contact the Adelaide College of Divinity: or call (08) 8416 8400.


Aunty Dorrie Harris

Auntie Dorrie Harris of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) passed away in Lismore, New South Wales on Friday night, August 7th. Auntie Dorrie was a minister in her own right but was also the wife of UAICC founder Rev Charles Harris. The Interim Chairperson of Congress Ps Mark Kickett and the UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer will issue a Pastoral Note early next week sourcing comment and voices from across the UCA.


UCA Regulation Review

Assembly General Secretary Colleen Geyer is inviting church members to take part in a brief survey on the Church Regulations as part of an overall review. Click here to go to the survey.


Spring Festival at Pilgrim UC

Pilgrim Uniting Church will be hosting a floral celebration of the colours of spring, featuring works by Pastel Artists of South Australia: Ded Farrimond, Karen Hudson, Lesley Jorgensen, Victoria Wade, and others.

When: 18 August to 22 September

Opening hours: 12pm to 2pm Monday to Friday. 8am to 12pm Sunday services.

Wheelchair friendly.

Join Pilgrim UC for worship Sunday, September 20th to celebrate spring or visit the church to spend quiet reflection time viewing the floral works of art.


NCCA newsletter

The latest newsletter of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) can be read here.


Writers wanted for new Lay Leaders Resource

MediaCom Education is launching a brand new Lay Leaders resource in Year B (29 November). MediaCom Education is seeking expressions of interest from interested writers to write monthly blocks. If this is something you, or someone you know might be interested in, email to find out more.


Children’s Ministry Coordinator – Pilgrim UC

Pilgrim Uniting Church is seeking to recruit a Children’s Ministry Coordinator. The position is a casual appointment and the successful applicant will be expected to work the hours required to plan and lead Sunday School each Sunday morning, and other children’s ministry-related activities.

The Children’s Ministry Coordinator will be responsible for working with the Pilgrim ministry team to develop and implement programs for children that will provide a teaching and pastoral ministry that nurtures children’s exploration and discovery of the Christian faith.

Applications close on Friday 14 August 2020, by 5.00 pm. The Position Description and Person Specification for this role is available here:


If you didn’t get to read the last ‘News & Notices?’ The items below will keep you updated.

Through Their Eyes - Safe Environments: Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

Uniting Venues SA are hosting two training opportunities for the Through their Eyes - Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect at Nunyara. Both are open to additional attendees. Bookings and payment are required before the training day. Full day Monday 10th August, Refresher Wednesday 12th August. See rch/training-courses/training-dates for booking links and more details.

Interfaith Forum

The Interfaith Forum will explore the concept of ‘othering’ and our role towards dreaming, interacting and constructing ways to create ‘togetherness.’

Discussion and Meal (provided and served by COVID-19 compliant/trained chef and volunteers) Physical distancing applies.

Host: Liellie McLaughlin

At Hope’s Café, corner of Norwood Parade and Portrush Road

26 August, 5.45pm for 6pm start

Registration essential: maximum 20 people.

IMPORTANT: Please RSVP ASAP: or phone: 0437 794 410

Distributed by Pilgrim Church Community Connections.

Exciting opportunity in Innovative Ministry (VIC)

An exciting opportunity exists to join a new team in northern and central Victoria. This is an innovative approach to ministry adopted by the Presbytery of Loddon Mallee. The newly created team will consist of full-time ministries in Pastoral and Mission Development and part-time (0.4) in Intergenerational Ministry. The team will serve the areas of Swan Hill, Kerang, Moulamein, Murrabit, Cohuna, and Pyramid Hill.

The Presbytery is seeking people who have a heart for the country and who would be excited about working in a team to help large and small congregations develop their worshipping life, in their mission to their communities and in their intergenerational ministries. A Profile will be provided upon request.

Contact: Rev Siotame Paletu’ at 0408 996 255 or Rev Rose Broadstock 0416 805 022

Enquiries should be emailed to: The Secretary, Presbytery of Loddon Mallee,

For Sale: New Interpreters Bible (NIB)

For Sale: New Interpreters Bible (NIB) 12 Volume Bible commentary set in good condition $350. Contact: Ken Burt (

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