News, Notices & Prayer points - 17 July 2019

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News & notices – 17 July 2019

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 10 July edition of UC e-News.



Prayer Points for the week

  • For the Spirit-led guidance of the newly-formed Generate and Transitional Presbyteries of South Australia


Pastoral letter

Moderator Rev Sue Ellis sent out a post P&S meeting Pastoral letter yesterday, Tuesday 16 July. If you missed it, read it here.


UnitingCare Australia echoes calls for immediate action on income support

UnitingCare Australia this week called for an immediate increase to Newstart and Youth Allowance payment levels to ensure their adequacy in meeting basic living costs. The organisation is also renewing its call for the establishment of an independent mechanism to assess the adequacy of all income support payments and adjust rates to acceptable levels. Read more here.


Call for input: SA Housing and Homelessness Strategy

The South Australian Government is seeking inputs into the development of a new Housing and Homelessness Strategy which will provide an opportunity to redefine and reform the housing system in South Australia over the next 10 years. It is important that the new Housing and Homelessness Strategy is shaped with input from as many South Australians as possible, including broad public engagement.

If you would like to give input into this matter you can do so by completing an online survey here.


HESTA Community Sector Awards

Do you know someone who is making outstanding contributions in the health sector? The HESTA Community Sector Awards recognise outstanding service provision, advocacy and leadership in improving the lives of people who rely on access to the services of nursing and midwifery, early childhood education and care, community services and aged care.

Nominations are now open and close on 1 September 2019. Nominate now here.


Keeping Kids Central (Free Online Training)

Do you come into contact with children and young people affected by domestic violence? Keeping Kids Central, a free online training program developed by the Institute of Child Protection Studies, can enhance your skills in adopting a child-centred approach. The program is built on values that respect the safety, wellbeing and rights of children and young people and that support the responsibility of organisations to build child-safe environments.

Saturday, 6 July – Wednesday, 31 July.

Available online and at your own pace. See more information here.



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


Website and Facebook page for Transitional Presbytery of SA

The Transitional Presbytery of SA now has both a website and a Facebook page (@TransitionalPresbyteryOfSA). These have been set up to share stories of ministry and mission as a way to build community, to encourage one another, share information and to generate ideas. Stories and event information for the Facebook page can be sent to Rev Rebecca Purling at 


Western Link UC Friendship Club

The next meeting of the Western Link UC Friendship Club will be held at 93 Crittenden Road, Findon, on Thursday 18 July commencing at 1:30pm. Entertainment will be provided by the Malfanese Singers –a new group to the Friendship Club who needs a big welcome. Everyone welcome! A donation of $5 includes afternoon tea. For more information please contact Marion Belle on 8445 2332.


Christmas in July at Clayton Wesley UC

Celebrate Christmas in July with a traditional four course dinner in the Clayton Hall at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church. All funds raised will be used to fund the Spire Community Christmas Hamper Appeal. There will be live music, raffles, hot toddys and more. Patrons can also leave a toy under the Giving Tree.

Saturday, 27 July from 5:00pm. Tickets are $30. Book by calling 8331 3529 or visit the website.


Grants available for women

Australian Church Women SA Inc has funds available through its Jubilee 150 Trust initiative for women who, through lack of resources, are unable to undertake or complete a course, attend training programs of purchase equipment to benefit them and their families. Applicants will need to be sponsored by a Christian Church body or individual office bearer of a Christian group, but need not necessarily be a Church attendee herself.

Applications are to be received by Friday, 27 September 2019. Enquiries and brochures are available from the Trust Convener, Lynne Hook on 0419 835 882 or email


South Australian Council of Churches Newsletter

The South Australian Council of Churches has released their weekly newsletter which can be accessed here. The National Council of Church in Australia’s July newsletter can also be accessed online here.


UnitingCare Australia warns of ‘perfect storm’ in aged care looming

UnitingCare Australia today warned the possibility of a ‘perfect storm’ emerging in aged care, as older Australians face the prospect of being unable to access the supports they need. This is due to a deepening crisis of providers lacking the financial resources to meet the demands of quality service provision.

Informed by numerous recent reports that reveal the unsustainable financial performance of aged care providers across both ‘in-home’ and residential aged care settings, National Director of UnitingCare Australia, Claerwen Little, said the perfect storm forming is a direct result of increasing pressure on providers to deliver services in an unsustainable funding environment. Read more here.


Become a Pastoral Care Volunteer

Are you a good listener, empathetic and passionate about your community? Then this could be an opportunity for you. UnitingSA is giving people the chance to become a trained Pastoral Care Volunteer within aged care facilities. As a Pastoral Care Volunteer you will receive free training and use the gift of pastoral care to connect with seniors in your community.

Course run by Hakim Oerton and Rev Dr Leslie Underwood.

  • Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm
  • Dates: Four-week course. Sessions are held every Wednesday (7th, 14th, 21st and 28th) in August 2019
  • Location: Regency Green Multicultural Aged Care, 181-193 Days Road, Regency Park SA 5010

For more information contact Rev Dr Leslie Underwood on 0438 927 224 or email, or download the brochure here.


Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Course

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is professional education for people engaged in spiritual and pastoral care or ministry. It encourages students to develop pastoral identity, theological reflection, counselling and leadership skills.

Course run by Rev Dr Leslie Underwood.

  • Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Dates: Sessions are held on the first Thursday of every month from August - June (first session will be held on 1 August 2019)
  • Location: Regency Green Multicultural Aged Care, 181-193 Days Road, Regency Park SA 5010

For more information contact Rev Dr Leslie Underwood on 0438 927 224 or email, or download the brochure here.


Launching Just Peace SA

Latrobe University Emeritus Professor Joseph Camilleri will be addressing the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom on Thursday, 18 July, at 7:15pm, at The Joinery, 111 Franklin St, Adelaide. Camilleri was one of the convenors of the recent Earth@Peace Conference in Melbourne, with the aim of putting a just and ecologically sustainable peace on the map in Australia. This meeting will also be launching Just Peace SA.  

For more information please contact Anne at or 0416 116 532 or 8447 5749.



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