News, Notices & Prayer points - 13 February 2019

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News & notices – 13 February 2019

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 13 February edition of UC e-News. 


Prayer Points for the week

  • For the continuing process of restructuring the South Australian Presbytery
  • For a safe and inspirational start to the Fringe Festival in Adelaide


New General Secretary for South Australia

At the Special Synod meeting on Saturday 9 February, members resolved to appoint the Rev Felicity Amery (Deacon) as General Secretary of the Presbytery and Synod of SA for an initial term of five years commencing on 1 May, 2019.

Felicity is currently the Chairperson/Presbytery Minister in the Pilgrim Presbytery of Northern Australia (this is the non-Indigenous Presbytery in the Northern Synod) and Dean of Students and Theology Teacher at Nungalinya College. Read the announcement about Felicity’s appointment here.


Presbytery Restructure update

Rev Rob Brown, General Secretary of the UCSA, sent out communication regarding the current restructuring process of the Presbytery on Tuesday, 12 February. If you have not received this update, please find it linked here.

A web page has also been set up with the purpose of information sharing relating to the Presbytery restructuring process, which can be accessed here.


Induction of Rev David Prior

Rev David Prior will be inducted at The Vines Uniting Church in Woodcroft, Adelaide, on Friday 15 February at 7:00pm. All are welcome to attend the service.


Don’t forget to order Easter postcards

The 2019 Easter postcard and poster feature an image which interprets this year's theme 'Turning Hard Times to Good Times'. Easter is a time when we can pause and reflect on the selfless act of Jesus dying for our sins on the cross. With this act, Christ has taken upon himself everything that is bad and dark and turned it into the purest hope of everything that is good. The back of the postcard includes a quote from Isaiah 65:17-18. Space is provided on both the postcards and posters for each church's Easter service details.

For more information about the 2019 Easter theme, costs, and how to order, please click here or contact the Communications team at


Break the Silence Sunday date correction

UC E-News reported in its Special Synod meeting update on Saturday, 9 February, that Break the Silence Sunday will be recognised on Sunday 4 April. The correct interpretation of the date is rather the fourth Sunday in April (or on a suitable Sunday).

The proposal presents an opportunity for UCA congregations, faith communities and agencies to open up a dialogue within the church about rape and sexual assault.


International Women's Day retreat 2019

Do you remember your life before it was filled with distractions, responsibilities and commitments? This one day retreat provides an opportunity to 'step-away' for the day to focus on you

Retreat leaders will take you through a series of exercises that provide opportunity for self-reflection, increased confidence and time to contemplate the possibilities that lie ahead!

The retreat will be on Friday 8 March from 9.30am - 4.15pm (includes lunch and morning tea) at in. CAFE + WORKSPACE. Guest presenters: Lauren Andris, Bindy Taylor and Sharonne Price.

Cost is $50 (includes GST). For more information or to register your interest, email the Communications Team on or call (08) 8236 4249.


Sharing your church’s activities with others

If your church or faith community recently held events or were out in the community doing God’s work, we would like to tell other UCA communities about it to serve as inspiration and motivation. Please pass on pictures of your church’s activities to the New Times editorial team along with a description of what happened, when it happened and who was involved. Forward your news and pictures to


Updates on the Royal Commission into Aged Care

UnitingCare Australia welcomed Government’s announcement of an injection of $662 million into residential, home and community aged care. Thanks to this financial boost, 10 000 older Australians will be able to access services for which they had been assessed (some as long as 18 months ago).

UnitingCare Australia’s Tom Finnigan is sending out daily summaries of news reports on the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. If you would like to subscribe to his briefings, please contact Tom by sending an email to


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


An Evening with Jake Mulder – RSVP’s for catering needed

16 February 2019, 7:30pm - 9pm
As those who seek to encourage others in ministry, being aware of up-to-date evidence-based research on how churches are effectively engaging 15-29 year olds can be really helpful. Add to this, an opportunity to hear from, and ask questions, of one of the researchers and the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Fuller Youth Institute, and you’ve got a recipe for a fascinating evening.

Commencing at 7.30pm at Uniting College, this evening is presented by Mission Resourcing and is freely available to anyone working with youth. For catering purposes, RSVP by12 Feb to 8236 4243 or email Mission Resourcing on For more information, contact Bev Freeman on (08) 8236 4243 or via email ( 


A Year to Empower

A Year to Empower is a 4 day program over 12 months that is consciously and specifically designed with spaciousness in mind for busy lives. With one Saturday dedicated for each session, this unique program, presented by Rev Sarah Williamson, provides a supportive community for women to learn, share and grow together. Spaces are limited. For more information on dates, cost and location, call 0403 172 517 or 0417 848 263,, or visit the A Year to Empower website.


Making Church Decisions: Understanding and Responding to Conflict

Terence Corkin (former UCA Assembly General Secretary) and Julia Kuhn Wallace (UMC USA) will facilitate a day long workshop taking participants through skills and resources for dealing with, and understanding conflict. 
The workshop will be held Tuesday 26 February, 10am - 4pm at Adelaide West Uniting Church (312 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Brooklyn Park). Tickets are $40 per person. Light lunch and refreshments will be supplied to all attendees. If you have dietary restrictions, please list when you register.

For more information about the workshop please email the Pastoral Relations Team ( To purchase tickets to this event, click here.


Life Matters- Hope Valley Program

As a part of the Ageing and Wellness Grants, Hope Valley Church are again presenting the program 'Life Matters' throughout the first quarter of the year. There are several events of interest such as Patchwork, Friendship Circle, Technology Friday and more. To find out more head to their website or download the flyer.


Friendship Club

Celebrating 25 years! The Western Link Friendship Club (93 Crittenden Road, Findon) will begin its 2019 programme on Thursday 21 February at 1:30pm with entertainment by the SA Police Dixieland Band. What a way to start off the New Year! Donation $5.00 includes afternoon tea. Everyone is welcome to attend. Enquiries 8445 2332 or 8443 8145.


Twilight Market – registration for stall holders

Noarlunga Uniting Church will be holding a Twilight Market on Saturday 23 February from 4pm – 8pm.  Those wanting to hold a stall need to register before Friday 8 February with Velvy Holden on 0415 728 457 or Don Hopgood on 8186 1782. For more information on holding a stall or on the event please contact Velvy or Don (as listed above) or visit the Noarlunga Uniting Church website. Registering a stall is free but donations would be appreciated.


50th Anniversary of Ordination

Rev Robin Trebilcock was ordained to the ministry on February 24 1969 in the Alexandria Congregational church, South Sydney. The 50th anniversary of his ordination will be celebrated in the South Sydney Uniting Church at 10am on Sunday 24 February and at Port Adelaide Uniting Church (169 Commercial Rd, Port Adelaide) at 9am on Sunday 3 March.


Songs of Faith

A concert of uplifting 'Songs of Faith' featuring your favourite hymns, anthems, and sacred classics presented with the power and beauty of the Metropolitan Male Choir of South Australia. The choir will be performing on Sunday 7 April 2019 at 2pm with an orchestra, Andrew Georg on the organ and mezzo soprano Naomi Heded. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the choirs website or call Lynton Nicholas on 0401 204 634. 


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