News, Notices & Prayer points - 15 October 2019

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News & notices – 15 October 2019

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Tuesday 15 October edition of UC e-News.

Prayer Points for the week

  • For the Spirit-led guidance of Generate and Transitional Presbyteries of South Australia.
  • For those caught in the cycle of poverty and disadvantage, that they may escape this cycle and once again flourish as full participating members of society.
  • For the preparations for the Annual Meeting of the Synod of South Australia.


Two informal meetings for the Transitional Presbytery SA

The Transitional Presbytery of South Australia Standing Committee is keen that there are gatherings of congregations before the November 2019 Synod meeting for the following purposes:

  • To gain a better understanding of the tasks required to form a Presbytery;
  • To meet your Presbytery colleagues and commence building community;
  • To identify the values, directions and the likely resources available to your Presbytery;
  • To identify a pool of people who can provide strong leadership in all facets of your Presbytery life;
  • To look forward and start to shape and create your emerging Presbytery.

Two gatherings have been arranged for congregations falling in two separate geographical areas (as per the proposal for the Synod meeting):

  • For congregations north of the suggested boundary: Saturday 26 October 10:30am – 3:00pm @ Two Wells Uniting Church
  • For congregations south of the suggested boundary: Saturday 2 November 10:30am – 3:00pm @ Murray Bridge Uniting Church

Find more information here.


The eighty-year history of the Adelaide Theological Circle

The Uniting Church Historical Society will hold a public meeting in the Board Room of the Uniting College for Leadership and Theology, 312 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Brooklyn Park, on Sunday 27 October from 2:30 to 4.30pm.

Church Historian Dr David Hilliard will present a paper on the eighty-year history of the Adelaide Theological Circle which included people from the Anglican, Congregationalist, Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian denominations. Afternoon tea will follow.

We promise you a stimulating afternoon. All invited. For more information please contact Don Hopgood on


Church Planting Officer

Rev Dr Graham Humphris is not currently working as the Church Planting Officer. If you have enquiries regarding Church Planting or are a Church Planter wanting to talk to someone, please contact Rev Philip Gardner as chair of the Church Planting Task Group or, for the rest of this year, your Region Minister.

Philip’s contact details are as follows: Phone 08 8236 4268; email or speak with Gill Morel, Philip’s PA, on 08 8236 4202 or


Opportunity: Intergenerational Gospel Worker

Sunset Rock Uniting Church is currently looking for an Intergenerational Gospel Worker to build on the advances made in 2019 and to bring their own initiatives in outreach, discipling and worship, especially among young and young adults, as well as children. The worker would be a pastoral colleague in a 0.3 FTE position, working closely with the minister, Rev Greg Pearce. This position could lead to further ministry opportunities.

For more information please contact Rev Greg Pearce on 0428 450 100 by 31 October.


APAN Study Tour to Palestine, 26 January - 2 February 2020

APAN’s unique study tours provide interactions with Palestinian and Israeli communities and experts such as Australian Ambassadors, United Nations officials, human rights organisations, visits to Australian-funded aid projects and more. Cost is $AU 7,000 per person which covers airfares, accommodation, transport, meals and briefing. Optional day trips available, such as to the Petra archaeological site in southern Jordan. Registrations close 1 December 2019. Contact Lisa Arnold,



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


Induction of Rev Steve Thompson

Rev Steve Thompson will be inducted as Chaplain at Flinders Private Hospital on Monday 21 October at 10:30am. The induction service will be held at the hospital (1 Flinders Drive, Bedford Park) at the Level 6 Walkway.

Everyone is invited to attend. Please RSVP for catering purposes to Rev Liz Dyson on 0407 189 571 or by Monday 14 October.


Western Link Friendship Club

The Western Link Uniting Church at 93 Crittenden Road, Findon, will hold its next Friendship Club meeting on Thursday 17 October, commencing at 1:30pm. Entertainment will be provided by ZIGGY (Count Von Dazzle)! ZIGGY is a Magician - let's see how good he is! A donation of $5.00 includes afternoon tea. Everyone welcome. Enquiries: 8443 8145 (Pam).


Reminder: Liturgy of Acknowledgement and Lament

On the first anniversary of the historic National Apology to Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, congregations have been invited to mark the anniversary with a Liturgy of Acknowledgement and Lament. Read more here.


Reminder: Lost/Found Youth Festival

SAYCO presents a one-day festival for youth this Saturday 12 October at Adelaide West Uniting Church. Expect games, 3-on-3 basketball, worship, live music, a message about being found from Encounter Church’s Pastor Mike Wardrop and more. More information and tickets here.


Choral Evensong

The Choir of Pilgrim Church continues the great tradition of Choral Evensong here in Adelaide with a special series throughout the year. Enjoy some of the finest choral repertoire, accompanied by the magnificent Pilgrim Organ. Music and contemplation in the heart of the city.

Date: Sunday 12 October 5:00 - 5:45pm.


UCA submission on religious discrimination

In a submission to the Federal Government's consultation on its Religious Discrimination Bill, the Assembly of the Uniting Church has expressed broad support for reforms to improve protection against Religious Discrimination while urging for amendments to ensure the new laws will uphold the rights of all. Read more here.


Fostering Integration Grants 2019-20

Grants are now open - close 5 November 2019

The Australian Government is inviting applications through an open competitive process to apply to deliver services under the Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Program: Fostering Integration Grants in 2019-20. The objective of the grant opportunity is to facilitate the participation, integration and social cohesion of both newly arrived migrants and culturally diverse communities in Australia.

The 2019-20 Fostering Integration Grants Round is now live on both the Community Grants Hub and on GrantConnect.


NCCA October Assembly

The National Council of Churches in Australia Assembly will be an opportunity to reflect on how churches engage in moral discernment, especially when they make decisions about moral matters that are part of public discussion.

The day is facilitated by the NCCA Faith and Unity Commission and will be led by Rev Dr Gerard Kelly and Dr Morag Logan.

When: Thursday 31 October 2019 10:00am – 3:00pm
Venue: St James Hall, Level 1, 169-171 Phillip Street, Sydney



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