News, Notices & Prayer points - 12 June 2019

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News & notices – 12 June 2019

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 12 June edition of UC e-News.



Prayer Points for the week

  • Pray for the upcoming Presbytery and Synod meeting, for the leading of the Holy Spirit in our decision making and God’s church
  • A prayer of thanks for the individuals honoured as part of the Queen’s birthday celebrations. For their work and dedication in our church and the wider community.
  • We pray for an end to all child labour, that governments and organisations will cooperate to let children grow in freedom.


Latest Presbytery Decision Responses

Rev Sue Page, Associate General Secretary has uploaded the latest Presbytery decision responses to the Uniting Church SA Presbytery restructure page here. If there are any queries please contact Sue via email:"> or phone 8236 4217.


World day against child labour

Today, Wednesday 12 June, is the World day against child labour. The 2019 theme is: Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams! According to the International Labour Organisation there are still 152 million children caught in child labour with 70% of them working in agriculture. There is also a strong correlation between child labour and situations of conflict and disaster. If you intend to speak up on social media on this issue, use #nochildlabourday in your messages. Find out more on the ILO website.


Deadline change for New Times

The copy and advertising deadline for the New Times August/September edition has been brought forward by two weeks. The new deadline is Friday, 5 July rather than the originally advertised date of Friday 19 July.

If you would like to submit an article, letter, notice or advertisement for this edition, please do so by 5 July. For more information or enquiries, please contact Petronella on 8236 4230 or by email:">


Volunteers needed for Red Dove Café at the Royal Adelaide Show

The Royal Adelaide show is only a short 10 weeks away and the Red Dove Café is once again seeking helpers to assist with preparing and serving food and beverages. The Show dates are 30 August to 8 September, but a small number of helpers will be required for pre-Show opening on Wednesday, 28 and Thursday, 29 August. To run smoothly, the café needs 70-80 people per day. The shifts vary and can start as early as 6:00am and finish as late as 8:30pm. Volunteers will receive an entry ticket and a meal allowance.

If you would be interested in volunteering your services, or know of someone who does, please contact Zoe Hessling, Volunteer Coordinator, on"> before 31 June.

Refugee Week and Lost Sheep Resource

Andrew McDonough is an Australian Author and Illustrator of the popular Lost Sheep stories used in Schools and Churches around the world. Over the last 27 years he has advocated for and helped many refugees settle in Australia.  As part of Refugee Week, June 16-22, Andrew wants to get his latest story 'Jesus was a Refugee' into the hands of as many Churches and organisations as possible. It includes the digital story for sharing in Church and loads of activity sheets. This is normally available for $14.95, but as it is such an important issue for our country, Lost Sheep is giving this away for free. Click here.

Want to be an artist or venue for Fringe?

The Adelaide Fringe festival will be held next year from 14 February to 15 March and the organisers are holding an information session on how to share in the action. If you would like your church to be considered as a venue for the event, or if you, or someone you know would like to be a participating artist, attending this session is the first step in achieving that.

The information session will be held tonight (Wednesday, 12 June) from 6:00-7:30pm at The Mill, 154 Angas street, Adelaide. For any questions call 08 8100 2022 or email">


Western Link Uniting Friendship Club

The next meeting of the Western Link Uniting Friendship Club held at 93 Crittenden Rd, Findon will occur on Thursday 20 June commencing at 1:30pm when The Bower Cottage Singers will entertain. A donation of $5.00 includes afternoon tea. Everyone is welcome to come along, enjoy air conditioned comfort, the entertainment and share afternoon tea. Enquiries: 8445 2332 (Church office) or 8443 8145 (Pam).


Church Music Books no longer used

Jeanette Dunn has the first six of the Robin Mann ‘All Together’ books available for anyone that is interested. These include: All together now, All together again, All together everybody, All together OK, All together whatever, All together for good. She also has books 1 and 2 of Scripture in Song – Songs of Praise, Songs of the Kingdom.

If you would still find these useful or would like to have them, please contact Jeanette on 0417819077 or send an email to">

L'Arche Information Night - Community House 2020 - What's it all about?

Tonight, Wednesday 12 June, at 7:00pm there will be an information session on the planned L’Arche Community House for Adelaide that will be opening in 2020. It will be held at St Francis of Assisi Anglican Church Hall, 835 South Rd, Clarence Gardens.

Learn more about the preparations, how people can access the house and support, opportunities and what will be on offer. If you are interested in becoming an assistant, a volunteer, or if you are the parent of a potential house member, this information night is definitely for you!

For more information contact Suz Foley, Community Life Coordinator on 0409 098 719 or">


Helping Hand’s new Golden Grove facility opened


On Thursday, 6 June, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le, Governor of South Australia, officially opened Helping Hand Golden Grove. Located in Adelaide's metropolitan north-east, Golden Grove is Helping Hand’s organisation’s ninth care home. The three storey building features 110 rooms and is built on a high profile Greenfield corner site in the heart of the bustling community.

More than a hundred guests joined the celebration, including Federal and State Members of Parliament, the local Mayor, the Aged Care Pricing Commissioner, representatives of the Department of Health and residents who have moved in since its doors opened on 20 May this year.



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


Pastoral Note – Brian Lewis Jones OAM

Acting Moderator, Rev Dr Graham Vawser shared the news of the death of Mr Brian Lewis Jones OAM. Brian passed away on Sunday 2 June 2019 at Mary Potter Hospice, at the age of 91 years. Click here to read the Pastoral Note.


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