News, Notices & Prayer points - 18 August 2020

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News & Notices – 18 August 2020

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for the Tuesday 18 August edition of UC e-News

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Prayer Points for the week

  • Our partners in ministry in the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress as they celebrate the life of Aunty Dorrie
  • All those responding to the humanitarian crisis in Beirut. [Rev Gaby Kobrossi, Chairperson of the UCA Middle East National Conference has written this prayer]
  • The people of South Korea, as they are impacted by severe flooding
  • All those seeking reassurance in their faith during the pandemic.

COVID Safe Marshals

The South Australian government has declared that from this Friday, August 21st, 2020 that all churches will need to appoint a COVID Marshal.

A COVID Marshal is required to promote and take practical steps ensuring that infection control practices e.g. frequent hand-washing, are followed by people involved in operations (patrons, employees and contractors).

COVID Marshal training is available via this link: https://marshal.clickontraining.com.au/

A letter from the General Secretary Rev Felicity Amery was sent out today, advising all congregations to appoint a COVID-Marshal and its requirements. Read the full letter here: http://createsend.com/t/j-F5D0755E3E6134C72540EF23F30FEDED

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Refugee and Migrant Sunday- 23 August 2020

Refugee and Migrant Sunday is a celebration of the contribution refugees and migrants make to Australia and the needs and hopes of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants worldwide. It is celebrated on (or around) the last Sunday of August each year.

Since July 2013 to the present it has been seven years and $7.6 billion later, new data compiled by the Refugee Council that shows hundreds are still suffering as a result of offshore detention. According to the latest ABS migration data, three in ten Australians (29.7%) were born overseas.

Australia is now home to 25.6 million residents, 7.5 million of which were born overseas revealing that our nation is really a global epicentre of cultural diversity. Immigration is producing demographic change within the Australian Christian community and Australian churches are enriched and strengthened by migrant participation.

Rev Anne Hewitt, Executive Director SA Council of Churches/Churches Together SA, put together worship resources to use as part of a usual service, for personal reflection or for sharing in small groups. Further resources are available here compiled by Rev Sandy Boyce, Pilgrim Uniting Church Adelaide.

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SA Volunteers for Frontier Services

Frontier Services Bush Chaplain Sunny has been in touch about an Aboriginal family and community in need of Outback Links' practical support in remote South Australia. Their vision is to restore and save Adnyamathanha Country and are in need of developing alternative sources of revenue to enable the restoration of resilient and diverse natural ecosystems in a culturally appropriate manner. Outback Links will support this vision by providing a team of volunteers for a week at the end of September to assist with the long list of practical jobs that need doing on the property including painting, plumbing, electrical, cleaning, gardening and general maintenance to support this family.

When: Thursday 24th to Wednesday 30th September 2020 - travel day either side with 5 work days in between.

Accommodation: BYO or provided.

To find out more head to https://frontier-services.force.com/outbacklinks/s/detail/a287F00000185CgQAI. If you can lend a hand, please contact the National Program Manager, Michelle at michellem@frontierservices.org or call 1300 787 247


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SA Volunteers for the Farmers Gate Group Project

Frontier Services Bush Chaplain Sunny has been in touch about an Aboriginal family and community in need of Outback Links practical support in remote South Australia. Their vision is to restore and save Adnyamathanha Country and are in need of developing alternative sources of revenue to enable the restoration of resilient and diverse natural ecosystems in a culturally appropriate manner. Outback Links will support this vision by providing a team of volunteers for a week at the end of September to assist with the long list of practical jobs that need doing on the property including painting, plumbing, electrical, cleaning, gardening and general maintenance to support this family.

When: Thursday 24th to Wednesday 30th September 2020 - travel day either side with 5 work days in between.

Accommodation: BYO or provided.

To find out more head to https://sforce.co/3ayO9mj. If you can lend a hand, please contact the National Program Manager, Michelle at michellem@frontierservices.org

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Earth Overshoot Day – 22 August 2020

Churches are coming together to toll their bells, light candles and hold prayer services to mark Earth Overshoot Day. The tolling bells warn of irreversible damage to places, plants and animals, and the life we love, indeed for God’s creation as we know it on earth – unless we turn from the destructive path that we have been following. Lighted candles help us to focus and pray.

This year Earth Overshoot Day will fall on 22 August. Click here for a one-page flyer with information on how to observe Earth Overshoot Day.

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Synod of SA on Instagram

Synod of SA have launched a new Instagram page @unitingchurchinsa! The Instagram page is here to keep you updated with all the latest Uniting Church news, events and stories from the Uniting Church community. Join us by giving us a ‘follow’ so you can stay up-to-date with what is happening in our community https://www.instagram.com/unitingchurchinsa/

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Conversations with Children & Family Ministry Leaders

Children and family ministry leaders are invited to join the Children’s Ministry Network in SA's final two online ministry conversations for Term 3, 2020:

- Thurs 27 Aug at 10am: A leader's retreat - intentional time with God, led by Melissa Neumann, Intergen Team.
- Mon 7 Sept at 1pm: Churches and the McCrindle report about recovering from COVID-19.

More information: intergen@sa.uca.org.au">intergen@sa.uca.org.au or https://sa.uca.org.au/intergen/church-resources/leaders-gatherings

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A Light of Peace Online Prayer Vigil

Last Saturday, 15th August, we were honoured to host a prayer vigil on Uniting Church in SA Facebook page for our brothers and sisters in Christ in South and North Korea. The 15th of August was Liberation Day in North and South Korea. It was on this day in 1945 that Korea achieved liberation after 36 years of occupation by Japanese colonial rule.

The 15th of August also marks the division of Korea into North and South. Saturday’s prayer vigil was an opportunity to acknowledge the Liberation Day. It was also a time to lay bare the wounds that are yet to heal by praying for peace on the Korean Peninsula. We joined the global Light of Peace prayer campaign to say ‘We Pray, Peace Now, End the War!’

You can still view the prayer vigil on Facebook and enter your prayers for the Korean Peninsula into the comments section.

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UCA Regulation Review

Assembly General Secretary Colleen Geyer is inviting church members to take part in a brief survey on the Church Regulations as part of an overall review. Click here to go to the survey.

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Henley Fulham UC – Community Pastor

Henley Fulham Uniting Church is seeking to recruit a Community Pastor to support their congregation in building links between the community and the church. They are seeking a suitably experienced person to be responsible for working with the Minister, Community Team, Church Council and the Congregation to develop and encourage community interactions.

The Position Description and Person Specification for this role is available to download here. Please forward applications via email addressing the selection criteria of the Position Description & Person Specification to minister@henfuluc.org by no later than 5pm August 25, 2020.

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Lay Educator for Ministry – Uniting Mission and Education (Synod of NSW/ACT)

Uniting Mission and Education, a Board of the Synod of NSW and the ACT, invites applications from suitably qualified people for the position of Lay Educator for Ministry. This role will form part of a team that seeks to encourage and enable leaders to grow in mission, ministry and discipleship.

Working across the Uniting Church in NSW and the ACT, the Lay Educator for Ministry will focus on training and building networks of trainers for lay leadership development.

For a copy of the position description for the role, please email umeinfo@nswact.uca.org.au

Applications close 5pm Friday 28 August 2020.

Find out more here: https://www.seek.com.au/job/50369868

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Koorong Café Manager

Bring your passion for coffee, solid organisation skills and leadership talents to this rewarding role!

Koorong has an exciting full-time career opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated person to manage their Adelaide café, preferably someone who can start ASAP. Support Koorong’s mission as a Christian retailer through this key role and be rewarded with a friendly and fun workplace.

Find out more about the position here: https://www.eternityjobs.com.au/job/704/caf%C3%A9-manager/

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If you didn’t get to read the last ‘News & Notices?’ The items below will keep you updated.

Heritage Theology and Polity of the UCA

Understanding your church - where it came from, how it’s organised, and how change happens - empowers your leadership. You are invited to enrol in Rev Prof Andrew Dutney's popular intensive course on UCA history, theology and polity - either as an audit student or for academic credit. The course involves three one-day seminars August 26th, September 2nd and September 10th, supplemented by online learning. Contact the Adelaide College of Divinity: info@acd.edu.au or call (08) 8416 8400.

Aunty Dorrie Harris

Auntie Dorrie Harris of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) passed away in Lismore, New South Wales on Friday, August 7th. Auntie Dorrie was a minister in her own right but was also the wife of UAICC founder Rev Charles Harris. The Interim Chairperson of Congress Ps Mark Kickett and the UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer have issued a Pastoral Note available at the following link.

NCCA newsletter

The latest newsletter of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) can be read here.

Writers wanted for new Lay Leaders Resource

MediaCom Education is launching a brand new Lay Leaders resource in Year B (29 November). MediaCom Education is seeking expressions of interest from interested writers to write monthly blocks. If this is something you, or someone you know might be interested in, email btaylor@mediacom.org.au to find out more.

Children’s Ministry Coordinator – Pilgrim UC

Pilgrim Uniting Church is seeking to recruit a Children’s Ministry Coordinator. The position is a casual appointment and the successful applicant will be expected to work the hours required to plan and lead Sunday School each Sunday morning, and other children’s ministry-related activities.

The Children’s Ministry Coordinator will be responsible for working with the Pilgrim ministry team to develop and implement programs for children that will provide a teaching and pastoral ministry that nurtures children’s exploration and discovery of the Christian faith.

Applications close on Friday 14 August 2020, by 5.00 pm. The Position Description and Person Specification for this role is available here: https://sa.uca.org.au/uc-positions-vacant/current-positions/childrens-ministry-coordinator-prilgrim-uc


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