News, Notices & Prayer points - 14 June 2022

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News & Notices – 14 June 2022

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for Tuesday, 14th June 2022 edition of UC e-News


Prayer Points

We pray:

  • For our leaders and members of Synod as we prepare to gather to share in celebrating and discerning our future
  • For the resources needed and changed attitudes so that all countries will welcome refugees
  • For the protection of our environment for the good of all.



Synod 2022

Due to a number of factors (workload pressures, personnel issues, changing COVID restrictions), the online portion of the Synod meeting to be held on Saturday 18th June has been cancelled.

We apologise for the late notice, but hope that members will receive the news of a free Saturday with grace!

Unfortunately, this means that the report electives which were the main focus of the online day will not be held. We encourage Synod members to make contact with report authors to ask any questions, and to seek out conversations about reports at the Synod meeting on 24th and 25th June.

The Synod ’22 page of the main Uniting Church website has been further updated with reports, proposals and two videos which are now available for viewing. We encourage you to continue to check the website as new information is being uploaded on a regular basis. This is the link:

There are vacancies occurring on some Synod committees, councils or boards. Some of these are filled by appointment and some are filled by a nomination/election process. With due attention to Synod by-laws, members of Synod are invited to submit nominations for vacant positions. This year, nominations will close on Saturday 18th June at 4:30pm.

It is preferred that nominations are received as soon as possible so that the Business Committee can collate the nominations, ensure that we have received an adequate number of nominations from across the diversity of the church, and then send information to members of Synod about the nominees. All information about the nomination process is currently available on the Synod website.

Please pray for our leaders and members of Synod as we prepare to gather to share in celebrating and discerning our future.




Queen’s Birthday Honours List

We congratulate the following people on receiving honours in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List:

Mr Richard John HEARN Wattle Park SA 5066 For significant service to aged care, and to the community. Uniting Care.

Mr Graham Dean CARTER Mount Gambier SA 5290 For service to the community of Mount Gambier.

Ms Teresa NOWAK, Norrie SA 5608 For service to the multicultural community of South Australia.

Mr Phillip JONES, SA For service to community mental health.

A full list of all awards is available at this link: The Queen's Birthday 2022 Honours List | Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia (




COVID-19 Update

All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information in regards to COVID-19 guidelines can be found here:

If you would like further assistance, please contact your presbytery or:

              Sue Page or phone (08) 8236 4217 or 0430 666 959

              Philip Gardner or phone (08) 8236 4268 or 0409 077 076.




Safe Church News

Screenings: Reminders are being sent to those who have upcoming renewals due that were initially processed via the Synod Screening Unit. If you have renewed your Working With Children Check (WWCC) through another source, please remember to inform not only your local congregation but also the Synod Screening Unit. This helps us to keep our records current and can be done via the Step 1 form from the Screening webpage:

Power and Healthy Communities: Code of Ethics refresher sessions 2021-22. For upcoming dates please see the Events Calendar located at: Don’t delay in booking into either the online or face-to-face sessions.

Naracoorte Uniting Church is hosting the following training sessions on Saturday 25th June:

  • 9:00am-12.00noon ‘Through Their Eyes: safe environments for children and young people.’ Refresher for all church leaders and volunteers to understand their legal obligations for reporting concerns of children and young people who have participated in this training before.

  • 00-4.00pm ‘Called to Care’ is an awareness session for key leaders and members of church councils to explore and consider best practice for creating a safe place.

Registration of attendance is required in advance for both sessions. Bookings close 21st June, 2022.
To book:




Climate Report: ‘They Shall Inherit the Earth’

A new Climate Report entitled They Shall Inherit the Earth for a new conversation about climate change in Christian communities is available now.

An essential report for all those involved in Church leadership, this study and its findings show:

  • How Christians aged 18-40 years are engaging with climate change
  • What they think about the role of the Church in taking action
  • The attitudes and practices of church leaders towards this issue
  • How we can take steps to heal division and, together, bring a voice of hope.

For details and a social media toolkit please refer to this link:




Yamaha E75 electronic organ for sale

A top of the range Yamaha E75 electronic organ is full sale. It includes two full keyboards, foot-pedals and multiple stops and is in perfect condition with a beautiful tone. Work manuals and two cartons of music books included (deceased estate). $1000 or nearest offer. Contact Janet on 0422 217 486. CDs and vinyl records of organ music also available give away/donation.




Help UnitingWorld create ripples of change

UnitingWorld has launched its annual fundraising drive that can make up to six times the impact for people in poverty thanks to a partnership with the Australian government. Your donation can help UnitingWorld’s church partners provide critical training, employment opportunities, clean water, education and hope to people in India and across Asia, Africa and the Pacific. This is the church at work in the world.

Donate now:




Uniting Conversations: A good climate for change

You are invited to join a public conversation about climate change at Seacliff Uniting Church. The panellists are Ariella Helfgott, Nina Keath and Holger Maier. The date is Sunday, July 3rd at 7.00 pm at Seacliff UC. Register your interest at: For more information call 0418 841 476.




2022 Uniting Foundation Grant Round Opens

Congregations, Faith Communities and individuals are invited to apply for funding to assist with missional projects which will build vibrant church communities leading the Church into the future.

The projects need to be able to demonstrate how the missional effectiveness of the applying body will be enhanced. The amount of available funds impacts the Committee’s ability to fund projects. Accordingly, applications need to meet the established criteria. The applying body’s Mission and Service Fund contribution status is also considered when assessing applications.

Property upgrade and maintenance are not eligible for Uniting Foundation funding. An applicant cannot have more than one concurrent active grant.

Please note. Applications close 30th July 2022.

Application forms, eligibility criteria and other related information can be located at

Additional information is available by contacting Malcolm Wilson, Uniting Foundation Manager, Email: and phone: 0414 520 140.




Other External Grant Opportunities

City of Tea Tree Gully Council's community grants program consists of one-off financial grants for community groups and not-for-profit organisations. Grants are provided for activities, programs, events and initiatives that provide clear benefits for our community.

The next community grants round dates have now been confirmed. Please visit the community grant webpage to read through the policy and guidelines to check your eligibility here.


Australia Post Community Grants Program is now open. Grants of up to $10,000 are on offer for eligible community-led, local projects that help improve connection and mental health and wellbeing in a community. Applications close Sunday, 3rd July 2022. Find out more.


Green Adelaide Grassroots grants are now open. Nearly $1 million is available for people to green, cool and wild their neighbourhoods across Adelaide. Individuals, communities, schools and volunteers can apply for grants between $2,000 and $150,000. Applications close on Wednesday, 29th June 2022. Find out more.


Growing Good Gardens Grants Program is now open. Teachers, coaches and community leaders alike are encouraged to apply to create a garden space where kids can learn healthy habits and improve their physical and mental well-being. Complete your application for the opportunity to win one of 10 x $1,000. Applications close Friday, 15th July 2022. Find out more.




2022 Refugee Week - – Sunday 19th to Saturday 25th June

The Uniting Church has always advocated for and stood with those who are disadvantaged. For celebrating World Refugee Day on 20th June, and the 45th anniversary of the UCA on 22nd June, our congregations are encouraged to plan a service on either Sunday 19th or 26th June to highlight the needs of refugees. The Synod Refugee Advocacy group and Justice Officer, Paul Goh, has put together a one-page resource for this service and Refugee Week. You can download this information at this link: 2022 Refugee Week Resources for Congregations.pdf




Live Arts at Newland

The best of stage and screen presented by SA State Opera’s Lisa Cannnizzaro (soprano) and Jeremy Tatchell (baritone). Accompanied by Trevor Fletcher. Newland Uniting Church, 20 Victoria Street, Victor Harbor. Adults $25, Seniors/Conc. $20, Children under 16 free. Sunday 17th July 2022 at 2.00 pm. Bookings online at: LiveArts@Newland | TryBooking




Support Sri Lanka – An Emergency Appeal for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is currently facing its worst economic crisis since independence due to political instability and foreign fund deficit. The people of Sri Lanka are struggling with food and fuel shortages, soaring prices for basic necessities, and a shortage of emergency medical supplies affecting a large number of the citizens around the country. The Lanka Vision Foundation has set up a funding page to assist in this crisis. Donations can be made at this link:




Amplify Conference Update

Children, Youth and Family Ministry membership packages for leaders and churches.

Amplify is an Australian training and networking opportunity for children, youth and family ministry leaders and teams. The Amplify Conference is held annually in March. They are currently offering a Membership Deal where you can access keynote sessions and elective videos from the 2021 and 2022 conferences, plus a free or discounted registration to the 2022 conference. For more information visit: AMPLIFY CONFERENCE | For Children, Youth & Family Ministry. Only available until June 30th, 2022.




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