News, Notices & Prayer points - 13 October 2020

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News & Notices – 13 October 2020

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for the Tuesday 13 October edition of UC e-News


Prayer Points for the week

  • Our political leaders as they form budgets and policies for our nation's future. We pray they envision a just recovery for all
  • All of us, as we listen, discern and have courage to follow where God calls us
  • For refugees, both those known and unknown to us, for greater compassion from our decision-makers, for the safety and well-being of refugees living in hardship and for endurance of people supporting refugees.



October/November New Times available now

The October/November 2020 edition of New Times is now available to read online at: The theme is One church ... many voices. This special expanded 28-page issue takes an in-depth look at the many and diverse voices of the Uniting Church, including updates from the three Presbyteries.

Printed copies are distributed this week and should be available at your local church by next weekend.

Please note, this will be the final edition for this year with the next print edition available February/March 2021.

To make contact with the Engagement Team and to share your stories, reflections and messages email We would love to share your stories through New Times Online and social media.




2021 Calendar


Each year, the Uniting Church in South Australia provides congregations and individuals with lectionary readings, important dates and an overview of the Mission and Service Fund Budget via its annual Calendar publication. The 2021 calendar is currently being prepared.

All congregations and organisations wishing to receive printed calendars can do so by placing orders between the dates of 19th October and 9th November 2020. Printed calendars will be priced at $4 each (for orders received after 9th November, calendars will be priced at $8 each).

Calendars can be picked up from the Synod office (Level 2, 212 Pirie Street, Adelaide) from 19th November 2020 onwards. They may also be posted at an additional cost for postage and handling.

Orders must be placed using the calendar order form which will be available on the website:

For more information, please contact Engagement on 8236 4230 or email




Christmas postcard

A postcard is a great way to inform congregations about Christmas service times and for your church to connect with your wider community. The Uniting Church Synod of South Australia’s Engagement Ministry Centre has designed a postcard for your use across the Christmas and New Year period.

We also offer resources to encourage congregations to build relationships with their immediate community and to provide a place of welcome where all can share in the companionship of the season.

Postcards and accompanying posters can be ordered from 19th October through to 9th November 2020 and can be picked up from the Synod office on Level 2, 212 Pirie Street, Adelaide from 19th November 2020 onwards. We will also provide a set of free, downloadable PowerPoint templates for your use.

The Engagement Ministry Centre will send out the order details to congregations via Presbyteries and UC-enews.




Anti-Poverty Week at the Spire Community

A seminar and dinner discussion about the growing problem of women in poverty. This free seminar includes a presentation by Uniting Communities about the growing problem of older women in poverty, first-hand accounts by women of their experiences and an informal discussion over dinner about problems and possible solutions.

Tuesday 13th October, 5-8pm

Venue: Hope’s Café. (corner of Norwood Parade and Portrush Road)

Bookings are essential at

Contact: or 0437 794 410




Federal Budget Response

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Dr Deidre Palmer has welcomed the Federal Government’s investment in job creation and recovery measures but says the 2020 budget is a missed opportunity to bring about a more equitable and fairer Australia.

To read more click here:




Choral Evensong at Pilgrim Uniting Church in the City

Join Peter Kelsall, the Director of the outstanding Pilgrim choir, accompanied by talented organist Christopher Bridge for the October Evensong. The presiding Minister is Rev Dr Greg Elsdon.

The Service setting is ‘Collegium Regale’ - Herbert Howells (1892-1983). Anthem: Lord, thou hast been our refuge - Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). Responses: John Sanders (1933-2003).

Get ready for an uplifting, glorious experience!

Saturday 24th October, 5pm-6pm. Free event, all welcome.




Worship that Connects 3: Finding our way now

As communities are reconnecting in person, how are we finding our way? Which lessons have we learned have been helpful? What plans have come to fruition? How are our communities managing the restrictions we still need to address? How does being COVID-safe affect our Advent and Christmas planning? Come share your ideas, innovations and concerns.

Thursday, 22nd October, 2pm via Zoom

More information at




Music on Flinders – Spring/Summer series

Music on Flinders featuring Emma Greiger - Monday, 19th October, 12.30 -1pm at Pilgrim Uniting Church Forecourt (12 Flinders Street, Adelaide).

‘With her dulcet tones and songs from the heart, Emma Jayne is the true essence of a singer-songwriter. Compared to the likes of Sara Bareilles and Carrie Underwood, Emma seamlessly blends folk with her own brand of Aussie pop that oozes authenticity.’

In 2019, Emma Jayne launched her EP ‘I Don't Want To Talk.’




If you didn’t get to read the last ‘News & Notices?’

Click here for the News, Notices & Prayer points – 6 October 2020, which includes updates about: 

  • Synod of SA Strategic Plan Survey results
  • New Times Update
  • Return of Music on Flinders - spring series
  • SACC Churches Together in Local Ecumenism: Gospel of Mark, the Quest for Home


Check out last week’s UC eNews to keep you updated.



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Synod Meeting Update

Members of Synod, please note that many of the reports for consideration at our Synod meeting are now available on the Synod website.


Kangaroo Island Disaster Recovery Update

As we approach the anniversary of the extinguishing of the disastrous bushfires on Kangaroo Island and after many delays, we are pleased to announce that Rev Mark Dickens will work with the Kangaroo Island community on behalf of the Uniting Church in a half time capacity.


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