News, Notices & Prayer points - 18 February 2020

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News & notices – 18 February 2020

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


Prayer Points for the week

  • Our First Peoples who, after 12 years of Closing the Gap, are still not afforded the basic dignity and opportunity to thrive as other Australians.
  • All those still threatened by the global coronavirus outbreak.
  • Give thanks for our church partners around the world - for their prayers, support and compassion throughout our recent bushfire crisis.


In memoriam: Rev Graham Hunt

We mourn the death of Rev Graham Hunt on 12 February 2020. Graham was born on 23 January 1952. Although he had a short time in ordained ministry in the Lower Murray Parish from 1993, he had a significant lay ministry in many areas, including as a Safe Church trainer. After his retirement Graham concentrated on writing and theological reflection.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Church of the Trinity (318 Goodwood Rd, Clarence Park) this Thursday 20 February at 11:00 am. Graham expressed a desire for everyone attending to wear odd socks and/or something with a teddy bear theme.


Child Safe Training 2020

Basic Orientation Course (non-accredited) on Wednesday 4 March, 7:00-9:30pm. Cost $5. Suitable for all those connecting with children in ministry in and beyond the Uniting Church. Please RSVP by Monday 2 March.

Child Safe Environments Course ("Through Their Eyes" - Department of Child Protection Accredited Course). Sunday 5 April, 2:00-8:30pm. Suitable for Ministry Coordinators, Ministers, Church Council Members, Ministry of Pastor. Cost $40. BYO dinner. Please RSVP by Sunday 22 March.

Both sessions are being run by Rev Mark Schultz, Team Leader, Mission Resourcing, and held at Hope Valley Church, 1263 Grand Junction Road, Hope Valley. RSVP and enquiries to


World Day of Prayer Australia 2020

Friday 6 March. Theme: "Rise, Take Your Mat and Walk".

The World Day of Prayer 2020 host country is Zimbabwe and the program is based on Jesus’ encounter with a person who, although positioned for healing, had not acted upon the opportunities given. The Bible study text is John 5:2-9a.

Read more here.


UnitingWomen 2020 – stay updated

UnitingWomen 2020, to be held in Darwin this year, is only five months away. If you are interested in attending there are several ways to stay updated about special offers, program changes and more. The organisers send out regular emails which you can sign up for by sending an email to There’s also a Facebook page and Instagram account that you can follow and, of course, the official website.

UnitingWomen 2020 - Weaving Our Stories Together is a national gathering of Christian women seeking community through intergenerational and intercultural engagement, activity and conversation. The event will be held from 9 to 12 July 2020 at Club Tropical, Lee Point, Darwin, NT, overlooking beautiful bush and beach landscapes, with sensational weather provided.

Living Out The Way of Jesus with Mark Scandrette (USA) - 10-11 March 2020

Our world hungers for connection, belonging, love, kindness, and goodness. People are searching for something real and authentic, and something that is lived out every day.

"Living Out the Way of Jesus - Practical Discipleship and Community Transformation" is a two-day workshop for Church Leaders. Mark Scandrette is an internationally recognized expert in practical Christian spirituality.

  • Tuesday 10 & Wednesday 11 March
  • Hosted By City Salvos - 277 Pirie Street, Adelaide
  • 9:30 - 4:00pm both days
  • $80 per participant (includes take-away resources)
  • Book here


Win tickets to see “The Wishmas Tree”

Movies Change People is offering ten double passes to see the animated movie “The Wishmas Tree” in cinemas from 27 February. For more information about the movie, go here. To enter the competition, go here.



Didn’t read the last “News & notices”? The items below will keep you updated.


KCO Early Birds about to close

All registrations will close on 11 March.

Find the links to register and the registration information booklets on our website and on the Yapp App:

KCO Dress Rehearsal (Leaders Training) will take place on Saturday 29 February from 9am (for 9.30 start) till 12.00pm at Uniting College for Leadership & Theology, 312 Sir Donald Bradman Dr, Brooklyn Park SA.

All leaders are welcome to come to the Dress Rehearsal where we will look at the program, Bible Studies and answer all of your burning questions. Group kits will be available for pick up.

Group Coordinators are asked to RSVP yes or no with their estimated numbers to or 8236 4270.


2020 Easter Campaign: Get your postcards and more now

The Easter campaign will work slightly differently this year. While we will still provide themed postcards, posters and PowerPoint slides, the campaign will also feature a suite of other resources which congregations can use for free to promote their Easter events. These resources are specifically designed so that congregations can amend, print and promote their events themselves.

Share your story about “Enduring Hope” by posting your message on social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) using the hashtag #EnduringHope. Let us know that you have posted by tagging us @UnitingChurchinSouthAustralia.


There are two ways to make the best use of the Easter campaign materials:

 Option 1 (Do it yourself)

 Option 2 (Assisted)


  • We provide files on our website that you can download for free and edit yourself
  • You organise your own printing and delivery
  • No charges apply from Synod.
  • Here’s the link to the website from which you can download the free, editable files:


  • We assist you with editing the files according to your congregation’s needs
  • We organise the printing and delivery for you
  • Printing and editing fees will apply.
  • Contact us for assistance before Friday 27 March. Call the Synod Communications and Events team on 08 8236 4237 or email


Resources available for the Easter campaign:

  • Poster
  • Postcard
  • PowerPoint Templates
  • Invitation cards (business card size)
  • Email banners
  • Social media images (Facebook Frames & Lent series posts)
  • Moderator’s Easter message video


Join the Bible Study watch party

Tomorrow (Wednesday 19 February) at 7:30pm a video of Craig Bailey’s Bible Study (from the November 2019 Synod meeting) along with others, can be viewed from the comfort of your own home/office.

The Facebook Watch Party will feature part two (of three) of Craig’s Bible Study and will allow those participating to post questions and comments which others can see and/or answer.

It’s a great opportunity to share the Bible Study with members of congregations (or family) who could not see it live at the Synod meeting.

If you would like to join the Watch Party, go to the Uniting Church in SA Facebook page and tune in! To set a reminder, scroll through the posts until you find the one for the Watch Party and click on the star.


Pancake Day

Have you planned your Pancake Day activities yet? Register now to host a pancake cooking and eating event in February or March to help support the great work of UnitingCare in SA.

Register here, read more about the work of Uniting in Care, Salisbury here, or how Pancake Day helped UnitingCare organisations last year here.

UnitingCare Pancake Day is all about community, learning, enjoying an activity together and, most of all, helping others!


Restore (a retreat)

“Restore” is a one-day retreat for ministers and leaders. This will be an opportunity for contemplation and conversation to reflect on who we are in our call to discipleship and ministry. Rev Dr Ian Price will lead the retreat at Hare Street Uniting Church on Tuesday 17 March from 9:30am – 3:30pm.

Morning tea & lunch provided.

For more information please contact Ian Price by email:




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