News, Notices & Prayer points - 17 August 2021

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News & Notices – 17 August 2021

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for Tuesday, 17th August edition of UC e-News


Prayer Points for the week:

We pray:

  • For the people of Haiti as they come to terms with the devastating impact of the recent earthquake
  • For the people of Afghanistan and for peace amidst international unrest
  • For those struggling with mental health and for those that continue to be impacted by the on-going isolation as a result of the global pandemic.



Vale Ernie Sigley (1938-2021)

Our thoughts and prayers are with Pastor Dave Sigley and his family in Mount Gambier at the passing of Dave's father Ernie Sigley. Ernie Sigley was a well-known media, radio and television personality and we offer Dave and his family our deepest sympathies at this time.




Worship at Home Resources

In these difficult times of COVID-19 restrictions, the Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts (CMLA) has a number of worship at home resources available on its website. To explore these resources visit:




Synod Expos Update

Registrations are now open for the Synod Expos. Due to COVID-19 we request that all participants register to attend at any of the event days. To register, please visit:




Synod Ecumenical Relations Committee Award

The Synod Ecumenical Relations Committee (SERC) invites congregations who have been involved in Ecumenical activities within their local community to submit to SERC a brief of their activity. This can be through a written report with photographs, video or whatever creative presentation you wish to make.

This award has been agreed to by Synod with $600 being included in the SERC budget for it. Certificates will be presented to all applicants. The closing date is the 17th September and the award will be presented at a Synod meeting. Please submit applications to Don Hopgood or Velvy Holden at or mail to SERC c/o 19 Ray Avenue, Morphett Vale 5162.




Community Grants Open

Applications for the next round of community grants can be made between 10am Tuesday 27 July and 4pm Tuesday 24 August 2021. Please contact the City of Tea Tree Gully to discuss your project idea and check your eligibility!

The 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 to the community.

Further information is available on the Community Grants page on Council's website.

External grant opportunity
The IGA Community Chest raises funds to support local communities, charities and other worthwhile causes. You can apply for funding to help with events associated with things like floods or bush fires or something as simple as new soccer balls for the local under 8’s. Open all year round. Find out more.

External award opportunities
The Pelzer prize is open for nominations. Nominate a green hero who's making a positive difference to the SA environment. Nominees may have been restoring landscapes, creating habitat for wildlife, connecting people to nature, or cleaning up parks, beaches or waterways, or may be doing something else that is equally worthy of recognition and reward. The selection panel will be looking for evidence of positive change over a substantial period of time in order to reward a winner with a $10,000 cash prize to dedicate towards an environmental cause. Find out more.




Bloom Event for Teen Girls

Bloom is a free event for teen girls (aged 13-18 years) and the women who care for them. This event is designed to encourage and empower girls to know that they are beautiful, worthy and enough.

The Keynote speaker is Anna Doecke – a Christian counsellor and speaker with over 15 years’ experience working with adults and young people. She is a skilled presenter who will be delivering a strong, clear message on topics including identity, authenticity and relationships. Bindy Taylor is a business leader, teen mentor and Mum and she will be speaking about the importance of emotions and having a positive mindset.

Attendees will receive a small gift bag including a journal and light afternoon tea will be provided. Cheltenham Community Centre (62 Stroud Street North, Cheltenham) – 4th September from 1pm to 4pm – only 100 places available. Please register on Eventbrite. Brought to you by Good for Nothing Ministries, follow on Instagram and Facebook:




Interfaith Forum: 25 August (note change of venue)

Theme: Ramadan, Eid and Iftar: Insights from Professor Abdalla about the spiritual process within Ramadan. Date: Wednesday evening 5.45 pm for 6 pm, venue: Pilgrim Uniting Church Hall, 12 Flinders Street, Adelaide. A meal: halal, vegetarian and gluten-free to cater for a wide range of dietary requirements, cooked by our beloved Kurdish chef Gulala. Cost: $10 - $15 to the chef, and a gold coin donation in recognition of the hospitality at Pilgrim UCA. RSVP:  by Sunday, 22nd August to Liellie ( / 0437794410). A Community Connections initiative, in recognition and gratitude of the work and support of the Interfaith Forum steering committee.




Highbury Street Fund – Applications now open – closing 31st August 2021

The Fund supports leadership development among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse worshipping communities through education and training.

SA Residents with leadership roles within UC Synod SA can apply. Terms of Reference are available here

The Funding Round closes 31st August, 2021 with applications to be sent to Mission Resourcing and information is available at the following link:

For assistance please contact Bev Freeman – or phone 8236 4243.




NCLS 2021!

The National Church Life Survey (NCLS) is a survey of churches and congregations across Australia, across denominations, which provides a snapshot of the state of the Australian church at a moment in time. With the changes in our world, nation and church, all presbyteries and the Synod believe that this survey will provide crucial information to better serve, support and renew the church for the future. The presbyteries have agreed with the Synod of South Australia to fund two parts of the census: the church census (one form per congregation) and the Leadership Survey (as many forms as you have ordained and/or lay leaders). The usual detailed forms are available to your congregation at your own cost. Go to or contact Mission Resourcing at or phone us 82364200.




Seymour College Parents and Friends Association

You are invited to a ‘Movie and Bubbles’ afternoon on Sunday, 29th August, 2021 from 2.00 pm (movie starts at 3.00 pm). ‘Respect’ (PG15) is the highly acclaimed biopic of the legendary singer Aretha Franklin. Venue: The Regal Theatre, 275 Kensington Road, Kensington Park. Cost: $33 per person (includes bubbles on arrival, cocktail sandwiches and 1 raffle ticket). Bookings essential by Monday, 23rd August at the following link:




Season of Creation 2021 Worship Guide available now

A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God. Amid crises that have shaken our world, the global Christian family was awakened to the urgent need to heal our relationships with creation and with each other during the ecumenical Season of Creation. During the 2021 Season of Creation, from 1st September through 4th October, thousands of Christians on six continents will get together for a time of restoration and hope, a jubilee for our Earth, and to discover radically new ways of living with creation. The full guide and resources are available to download here. A full liturgy outline, sermon reflections and an adaptable Powerpoint slideshow for each week are available for download here.




Noah’s Pudding Interfaith Celebration

When Noah’s Ark came to rest on Mount Ararat in Turkey, Noah’s family celebrated with a special dish according to Abrahamic faiths and traditions. Sharing Noah’s pudding has become a symbolic representation of the unity and essential relationship between people and the creator. Saturday, 21st August 2021 from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm. Theme: Building Peace, Social Harmony and Unity. Venue: St Peter’s Cathedral, 27 King William Road, North Adelaide. Keynote Speaker: Dr Angela Evans AM, St Peter’s Cathedral. Guest Speaker: Rev Dr Paul Goh, Uniting Church, Synod of South Australia. Concluding Remarks: Mr Nuru Deen Suraju, School Chaplain, Pinnacle College. RSVP By Friday, 20th August 2021. Contact: Rev Peter Jin / Dr Mehmet Aslan Noah’s Pudding and Refreshments will be served. Download the flyer for more information.




Historical Society Needs a Secretary

Do you have the interest and skills for this interesting and important volunteer position? The Secretary is a member of the Executive and of the Council of the Uniting Church South Australia Historical Society (UCSAHS). The nominated Secretary will be available to attend daytime meetings of the group, held on the same day, on a bi-monthly basis. They will have responsibility for preparing meeting agendas and minutes and for dealing with correspondence. The Secretary will also contribute to decision-making about the Society’s program of public meetings, to the services offered to the public through the History Centre at Black Forest and to long-term planning. If you are interested in this role, or would like further information, please contact the UCSAHS President, Dr Judith Raftery on 0422 101 879 or email as soon as possible.




Surrender Leadership Event

Due to the on-going lockdown restrictions in Melbourne, the Surrender Leadership event will now be taking place online with a choice of two dates and times. You are invited to connect with other leaders in raising up Christians to follow Jesus’ radical call to the margins. Details: Thursday 19th August, 10am – 11am (AEST) OR Wednesday 25th August, 2pm – 3pm (AEST). Click here for the Zoom link.

Meeting ID: 844 3369 2408 / Passcode: 697572

More details are available in the flyer which can downloaded here.




Art for a Cause

Poetry and Paintings on Saturday 21st August from 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm at Pilgrim Uniting Church, 12 Flinders Street, Adelaide. Priscilla Corbell-Moore’s debut solo exhibition is a homelessness fundraiser, with live painting, music and a poetry recital. Online auction will also run until Saturday, August 21st please visit




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