News, Notices & Prayer points - 14th November 2023

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News & Notices – 14th November 2023

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for Tuesday, 14th November 2023 edition of UC e-News


Prayer Points

We pray:

  • For those affected by war, for those mourning, and for those who continue to serve our country as we marked Remembrance Day last Saturday
  • For more immediate action on climate justice and environmental welfare as we head into bushfire season
  • For those feeling anxious, depressed and lost as we head into the season of advent, knowing Christmas can be a difficult time for many.



Summary of Review of Missional Needs & Opportunities

Earlier this year the Mission & Leadership Development Board (MLDB) commissioned AngelWings to conduct a review of the missional needs and opportunities in the SA Synod to inform their decisions on how to best fulfill their mandate over the next 5-10 years. That review is 38 pages, and was not intended to be a public document, as it contains information and recommendations pertaining to specific roles, programs, and personnel that may have implications for people’s positions. However there is much in it that is beneficial for the whole Synod, so the MLDB have prepared a summary which can be read here.




A new call for Colleen Geyer

The Uniting Church Assembly is delighted to congratulate outgoing Assembly General Secretary Colleen Geyer on her new role as Director of Mission at Wesley Mission Queensland (WMQ). Part of Wesley Mission Queensland's Executive Leadership Team (ELT), the Director of Mission leads on mission activities and pastoral and spiritual care services across the breadth of the organisation and is the spiritual mentor for the ELT. Read more.




2024 Calendars

2024 Uniting Church Calendar orders are now open! This year's Calendar celebrates food from different congregations, faith communities and organisations all around the Uniting Church in South Australia. We extend our sincere thanks to all those involved who submitted photos for the Calendar this year. If you would like to order the 2024 Calendar, please visit this link:




Limitless Church

Be Strong and Courageous for God (Joshua 1:9)

Wanted!!! … Worship Leaders, Musicians, and Tech Savvy youth and young adults to come on board as ‘Limitless Church’ prepares for launching in 2024, at 4.00 pm on Sundays at Salisbury Uniting Church. Also, the church would appreciate hearing from you if you are interested in starting a kids ministry program alongside the Limitless Church. This initiative is starting from the ground up, so if you feel God calling you into a new church team in Salisbury, come along and join in!

Contact Pastor Justin Gutteridge at Turn on Javascript! or on 0433 181 858 for further information.




­Moderator’s Christmas Video

The Moderator’s Christmas message with the theme ‘Joy, Hope, Peace, and Love’ is now available for download from the Christmas resources page of the Synod website and can be viewed together with other resources at this link.




Wanted - steel mesh chairs

The Rotary Club of St Peters wants 24 (stackable) steel mesh chairs for a fund-raising cafe. The Club will be respraying the chairs but the mesh itself must be intact (viz. no sharp protrusions or deep rust). Willing to pay $10 each. Does your Church have 24 in the shed?

Contact David on Turn on Javascript! or 0434 053 976.




Uniting World: Everything in Common Christmas gift catalogue 

UnitingWorld's Everything in Common Christmas gift catalogue is now available! It’s filled with gifts that fight poverty through health, education, leadership and income opportunities. There are gifts like goats, pigs, clean water, schoolbooks, kitchen gardens, small business training and disability support and lots more! And a new set of Christmas cards. You can browse the full range of life-changing gifts for all budgets on our brand-new website

Everything in Common gifts are such a great way to make a difference in the world as well as share the hope, peace, joy and love of the Christmas season. 




Being an Intergenerational Church Papers

Recently the Uniting Church released its vision for an Intergenerational Church, a Church where every generation is engaged together in active discipleship, growing and sharing faith in Jesus, a Church for all ages where faith and discipleship is encouraged, equipped, and expressed intergenerationally. 

Part of an ongoing project, this series of twelve short, free, downloadable papers has emerged to assist the church in being and becoming more intentionally intergenerational. They are available for all those who share the dream of a more intergenerational church – a church comprised of lifelong followers of Jesus, of all ages, caring, praying, celebrating, learning and serving faith-fully together. Titles include…

Intergenerational Discipleship
Intergenerational Worship
Intergenerational Mission
Recommended Reading

Download ALL the papers here




Grant Opportunities

City of Port Adelaide Enfield - Environmental Grant
The city of Port Adelaide Enfield is please to advise that Environmental Grant applications will open on the 4th of December 2023 and close on Friday 29th March 2024. The Environmental Grants Program encourages environmental project initiatives that will protect and enhance the sustainability and environment of the local area. More information  on how to apply and guidelines for project funding can be found here.

Australian Government Volunteer Grant Opportunities are now available.
The Australian Government is inviting organisations to apply for a Volunteer Grant under the Families and Communities Program. Closing date is 24 November 2023. See the website for more details or email: Turn on Javascript!

Grants SA - 2023-24 Social Impact Grant Funding Round
Applications are open for grant funding in support of initiatives that help create strong and inclusive communities, that advance social and emotional wellbeing for people living and working in South Australia. This funding opportunity is a one-off grant of up to $10,000. For the Social Impact Grant Round Guidelines or to apply please visit Social Impact Grants (Round 1) 2023/24 | DHS . Closing date is 3pm, 14 December 2023.




Code of Ethics Dates 2023

The dates for both face-to-face and online refreshers of the Code of Ethics in 2023 have now been set as follows:

All ministry agents who are either in placement, awaiting placement or providing supply are expected to complete a refresher session each year.

Bookings can be accessed at this link: Events Calendar – Safe Church (

Bookings opening soon:

30 November      Rosefield UC - 1.00pm to 4.00pm.





A reminder that Lectionary Year B begins on 3rd December 2023. MediaCom offers a range of worship resource for Year B including:
Liturgy, Learning and (Purposeful Life) and Words for Worship.

Listing of publications relating to Lectionary Year B can be found on the MediaCom website here




Lipson Uniting Church 150-year Anniversary

46 Church Street, Lipson, SA
19 November 2023 10:00am - 12:00pm

A Service to celebrate 150 years of the Lipson Church. Lipson Uniting Church is a small rural church, close to Tumby Bay, on the Eyre Peninsula. With a small but faithful congregation, we look forward to celebrating this important milestone and sharing our faith with others in our community on this day.

Praise and worship service followed by morning tea/brunch. Please bring a plate to share.




Clavinova for sale

Yamaha Clavinova CVP-305/30 for sale $1,200 -Has not been used for 10 years.

It was purchased by Newland UCA at Victor Harbor as an interim instrument during rebuilding of the pipe organ and has not been used since. In near new condition.

The price includes the stool and manual. Contact Wayne Colebatch on 0431 663560 or email Turn on Javascript!




Dr Michael Frost – Mission is the Shape of Water

"In an ever-changing world, how can we learn from the past to discern the shape of mission today?

In our contemporary culture, the mission of God can seem elusive and hard to define. We often focus on the present moment, losing sight of the epic story of God that has been unfolding through the ages. Michael Frost offers a compelling framework for understanding mission by drawing on the rich tapestry of Christian history and revealing how context shapes mission, just as a bottle shapes water.

Join Dr. Michael Frost in Adelaide for a deep-dive into mission, with two offerings:

  1. A two-part lecture on "What Is Mission?" including insights on the art of faithful evangelism today = Mike Frost - What is Mission? - Powered by Eventzilla
  2.  Mission is the Shape of Water: A seminar at Malvern Uniting Church where we can hear and engage with Dr. Frost's captivating new book. = Mike Frost - Mission is the Shape of Water - Powered by Eventzilla




Synod Ecumenical Relations Committee (Serc)

SERC is now calling for submissions for the 2024 award. The award is given to a congregation each year that has done most to foster ecumenical relations within their local community and SERC is grateful to the Synod for the continued funding of the Award. Submissions can be made either in writing or electronically which should be received by the secretary, Don Hopgood 19 Ray Ave, Morphett Vale 5162. Turn on Javascript!. No later than April 30th 2024. Use words and pictures (if possible) to make clear what you have undertaken and the measure of your success.




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 Turn on Javascript! or phone (08) 8236 4217 or 0430 666 959

              Philip Gardner Turn on Javascript! or phone (08) 8236 4268 or 0409 077 076.



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