News, Notices & Prayer points - 11 February 2020

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News & notices – 11 February 2020


Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Tuesday 11 February 2020 edition of UC e-News.



Prayer Points for the week

  • Healing and comfort for all people affected by the bushfires and floods, especially those who have lost loved ones or property.
  • All those threatened by the global coronavirus outbreak and for the work of our partners in the China Christian Council and everyone across the Church seeking to assist our partners at this time of crisis.


KCO Early Birds about to close

Early-bird registrations for KCO 2020 will be closing tomorrow, Wednesday 12 February. Don’t miss out - save $5 per rego by registering today. All registrations will close on 11 March.

Find the links to register and the registration information booklets on our website and on the Yapp App:

KCO Dress Rehearsal (Leaders Training) will take place on Saturday 29 February from  9am (for 9.30 start) till12.00pm at Uniting College for Leadership & Theology, 312 Sir Donald Bradman Dr, Brooklyn Park SA.

All leaders are welcome to come to the Dress Rehearsal where we will look at the program, Bible Studies and answer all of your burning questions. Group kits will be available for pick up.

Group Coordinators are asked to RSVP yes or no with their estimated numbers to or 8236 4270.


2020 Easter Campaign: Get your postcards and more now

The Easter campaign will work slightly differently this year. While we will still provide themed postcards, posters and PowerPoint slides, the campaign will also feature a suite of other resources which congregations can use for free to promote their Easter events. These resources are specifically designed so that congregations can amend, print and promote their events themselves.

Share your story about “Enduring Hope” by posting your message on social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) using the hashtag #EnduringHope. Let us know that you have posted by tagging us @UnitingChurchinSouthAustralia.

There are two ways to make the best use of the Easter campaign materials:

Option 1 (Do it yourself)

 Option 2 (Assisted)

  • We provide files on our website that you can download for free and edit yourself
  • You organise your own printing and delivery
  • No charges apply from Synod.
  • Here’s the link to the website from which you can download the free, editable files:


  • We assist you with editing the files according to your congregation’s needs
  • We organise the printing and delivery for you
  • Printing and editing fees will apply.
  • Contact us for assistance before Friday 27 March. Call the Synod Communications and Events team on 08 8236 4237 or email


Resources available for the Easter campaign:

  • Poster
  • Postcard
  • PowerPoint Templates
  • Invitation cards (business card size)
  • Email banners
  • Social media images (Facebook Frames & Lent series posts)
  • Moderator’s Easter message video


Join the Bible Study watch party

Tomorrow (Wednesday 12 February) at 7:30pm  a video of Craig Bailey’s Bible Study (from the November 2019 Synod meeting) along with others, can be viewed from the comfort of your own home/office.

The Facebook Watch Party will feature part one (of three) of Craig’s Bible Study and will allow those participating to post questions and comments which others can see and/or answer.

It’s a great opportunity to share the Bible Study with members of congregations (or family) who could not see it live at the Synod meeting.

If you would like to join the Watch Party, go to the Uniting Church in SA Facebook page and tune in! To set a reminder, scroll through the posts until you find the one for the Watch Party and click on the star.


Pancake Day

Have you planned your Pancake Day activities yet? Register now to host a pancake cooking and eating event in February or March to help support the great work of UnitingCare in SA.

Register here, read more about the work of Uniting in Care, Salisbury here, or how Pancake Day helped UnitingCare organisations last year here.

UnitingCare Pancake Day is all about community, learning, enjoying an activity together and, most of all, helping others!


Restore (a retreat)

“Restore” is a one-day retreat for ministers and leaders. This will be an opportunity for contemplation and conversation to reflect on who we are in our call to discipleship and ministry. Rev Dr Ian Price will lead the retreat at Hare Street Uniting Church on Tuesday 17 March from 9:30am – 3:30pm.

Morning tea & lunch provided.

For more information please contact Ian Price by email:



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


2020 Code of Ethics Refreshers – Bookings now open

As it is now a requirement for all ministry agents ‘in active’ service to participate in a Code of Ethic Refresher annually, the dates for 2020 have been set. Each topic cycle will focus on a particular element of the Code of Ethics. As the new program commenced mid-2019 the next session will be on the same topic of Professionalism. 

  • Tuesday 3 March: Adelaide West Uniting Church, 9:00am – 12:00pm. 

New Topic Cycle:

  • Wednesday 24 June: Playford Uniting Church  1:30 – 4:30pm
  • Thursday 12 November:  Morialta Uniting 9:30-12:30p,

Ministry agents who are based in rural locations and unable to travel to Adelaide for these sessions will be offered an alternative.

The registration portal for bookings are now open so why not act now and lock the date into your diary.


Celebration of Life: Rev Kelvin Benn

Following the funeral of Rev Kelvin Benn on 13 January (see Pastoral Note here), his family will be holding a celebration of his life. This celebration will be held on Wednesday 12 February, commencing at 2:30pm at St Andrews by the Sea Uniting Church, 92 Jetty Road, Glenelg.

All are invited to attend the celebration service as well as an afternoon tea to follow in the Church Hall.

Anyone who wishes to send a recollection/reflection about Kelvin is most welcome to do so. An email can be sent to with the title containing “Kelvin Benn”. Please indicate whether or not you consent to the message being read at the service, recorded in a book, or both. 

For more information please contact David Benn (0407 261 163) and Julie Welford (0409 202 475).


National Day of Prayer and Fasting

An ecumenical event on Saturday 22 February 10:00am-4:00pm will be held at St Peter's Cathedral, Adelaide.

The day at the Cathedral will be run as follows:
•     10am-12noon - Traditional style
•     12noon-2pm - Young adults leading - contemporary style
•     2pm-4pm - Youth leading - a little louder : )
Each 2 hour block will include 30 minutes worship, 30 minutes sharing and prayers, repeat.

Come for part of the day, or all day. 


Living Out the Way of Jesus: Practical Discipleship and Community Transformation

City Salvos, 277 Pirie Street Adelaide, is hosting a two-day workshop for church leaders with Mark Scandrette (USA), an internationally recognized expert in practical Christian spirituality. This workshop will take the invitation of Jesus to live life in all its fullness to a deeper level, through practical exercises, to help you to begin a different conversation in your community.


UnitingWorld Lent Event

This Lent, UnitingWorld is sharing stories from our partner, the Protestant Church of Maluku. They serve in Ambon, Indonesia, where unthinkable violence in 1999 left 5 000 dead and 70 000 homeless. Determined to forge harmony and stability in our region, we’ve been supporting the local church to run projects that bring Christians and Muslims together to build peace and end poverty. 

Be inspired by stories of peacebuilding and transformed lives, told through a weekly video series, Bible studies, prayers and reflections. Download them here to inspire your church community in the lead-up to Lent. Here is a trailer to show you what to expect.


Ministry Agent with focus on Children, Youth, Young Adults and Families

Chermside Kedron Community Church (CKCC) in Queensland has a vacant position for a ministry agent. CKCC is a stable Uniting Church congregation situated on Brisbane’s north side at Chermside, which has been identified as a significant urban hub. CKCC’s membership represents a wide range of ages and cultural backgrounds.

The successful applicant will support the mission of CKCC with a particular focus on ministry with children, youth, young adults and families as well as working within the ministry leadership team to help lead the wider congregation in worship, discipleship and service.

For a congregational profile and full PD contact">Rev Harlee Cooper, Chair of CKCC JNC, or email your application to by COB 28 February 2020.



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