News, Notices & Prayer points - 17 May 2022

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News & Notices – 17 May 2022

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for Tuesday, 17th May 2022 edition of UC e-News


Prayer Points

We pray:

  • For the on-going work of the Assembly, and members of the 16th Assembly as they carry stories and decisions back to their communities
  • For the faithful and life-changing work of Frontier Services and UnitingWorld
  • For peace, truth and justice in the Philippines in the days following its Presidential Elections and the days ahead.





16th National Assembly Re-convened meeting

Elected members came together to discern the guidance of the Holy Spirit in a meeting that encouraged community and listening to one another in openness and humility. The Assembly brought together 200 members from Synods and Presbyteries, with office holders, Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress members, youthful members and others to form a national decision-making body. The Uniting in Australian believes that we hear the voice of God through the councils of our Church, so time was also set aside for prayer, worship and Bible studies. For further information about the discussions, deliberations and decisions at the National Assembly meeting, please visit:






Synod 2022

Members of Synod are reminded that proposals are due by 3pm this Thursday 19 May. Please email them to the Associate General Secretary, Rev Sue Page

Information on nominations for committees of the Synod will be sent out this week – please prayerfully consider nominating someone. Only nominees for Synod Standing Committee need to be members of the Synod meeting in order to be nominated.

Please keep checking the Synod website for more reports – they are being uploaded as they are received.


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






The Blackwood Reconciliation Walk

Please join the 2022 Blackwood Reconciliation Walk on Sunday, May 29th at 11.30 am. Meet at the Blackwood roundabout and walk together down Shepherds Hill Road to the Colebrook Reconciliation Park to a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony. All are invited to bring their own picnic lunch and take time to hear the Voices of former residents of the Colebrook Training Home for Aboriginal Children which are present in so many forms at this site. We will also speak to the theme for National Reconciliation Week, 2022, ‘Be brave. Make change.’ Further information is available at this link:






One in Worship

The next One in Worship Service for 2022 will be held on Sunday May 29th. If you enjoy singing or listening to Christian songs and music or like to pray with others, you are invited to come together as community and be as one to worship and pray. Further information is available at this link:






So that the whole earth be as it is in heaven: 2022 Federal Election Resource

As followers of Christ, we are called to vote with a prayer for ‘earth as it is in heaven’ so that all people and all creation might share abundant life.

To help inform your vote, the Environmental Action Group of the SA Synod has met with and/or received information from, four of the Candidates for the Federal seat of Boothby in Adelaide on their climate policies, as determined by their Parties. This assessment could apply to all Federal electorates. The Statement can be accessed at this link.

You can read and download a three-page summary of the results here: Who shall I vote for on May 21.pdf

For further information visit the Environmental Action Group’s Website,

UCA Assembly’s Federal Election Resource can be downloaded here.






Ukraine Humanitarian Assistance

We are all concerned about the unfolding human tragedy in Ukraine. Rosefield Uniting Chuch has direct contact with Community Solidarity Support Ukraine (CSSU). We are raising funds to help out in real and tangible ways. CSSU purchase supplies and distributes them to communities in Ukraine. For more information please download this flyer:

Alternatively you can email for further information.






Sally Stamp

The UCA Stamp Group is happy to again be meeting in the Synod office to continue to sort stamps. We had a good sale for $357.50 to our buyers which will enable us to continue to pay for freight to South Pacific School Aid Inc. (SPSA). We were thrilled that SPSA organised to send 7 pallets of equipment to Tonga which was sent by the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade by air without any payment from our end. Stocks of stamps are now low, so please continue to save and send your used stamps through to: Maxine Haines – Convenor, UCA Stamp Group phone: 0427 972 417 or email






New Creation Care Guide

A new Creation Care Guide has been developed in collaboration with the Environmental Action Group and UCA Assembly and is designed to help individuals and congregations take climate action. This two-page sheet includes GreenPower Guide for Congregations and Homes and the UCA Federal Election Resource regarding Climate Change. The guide is available for download at this link:

GreenPower-Election resource-April 2022-revised.pdf

For further information, please contact Paul Goh, Justice Officer, by emailing or phone (08) 826 4244.






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:






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.

Murray Bridge Uniting Church is hosting the following training session over the weekend of the 4th and 5th of June.

  • Saturday, 4th June, 9:30am-4.00pm ‘Through their eyes: safe environments for children and young people.’ For all church leaders and volunteers to understand their legal obligations for reporting concerns of children and young people.

  • Sunday, 5th June, 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm ‘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 31st May, 2022. Register at this link:

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:






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.






Book Launch

You are invited to be present at a launch of the biography of the remarkable life and times of the Reverend Victor Henry Goldney (1891-1972), at Walkerville Uniting Church on Sunday 22nd May from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm. Download the flyer for more information.






Quiznight Fundraiser - Hope's Circle of Friends

Hope’s Circle of Friends is hosting a Quiz night at Burnside Uniting Church on 28th May from 6.30 pm – 10.00 pm. The night includes a silent auction and this is a fundraiser for the Circle of Hope and Job’s Café Circle. Bookings for a table group or individuals can be made and individuals will be placed with 'new friends.' More information is available at this link:






Artist in Residence Week

Find your voice and strengthen the ties between us during a week-long Artist in Residence event at St Andrew’s in Glenelg. Tasmanian singer/songwriter John Coleman and Melbournian art therapist Jenny Batten will guide us in singing, song writing and community building. 15th – 22nd May, various events and times. Refer to the website for details and booking information or contact Christine Gilbert on (08) 8295 1771. A balm for the COVID weary.





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