News, Notices & Prayer points - 19 April 2022

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News & Notices – 19 April 2022

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for Tuesday, 19th April 2022 edition of UC e-News


Prayer Points

We pray:

  • For all involved in the forthcoming Federal Election, and that those who will stand for election commit to policies that seek flourishing for all.
  • True peace and an end to the war in Ukraine, and in all places of conflict and violence across the world.
  • For the on-going clean-up interstate and for those communities continuing to be impacted by recent flooding.



Afghan Culture Association of South Australia

Afghanistan is currently the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with the Taliban taking power in August 2021, plunging Afghans deeper into poverty and famine. Decades of conflict, exacerbated by external factors including the global pandemic, economic collapse, and severe drought, have left 55% of the population in famine and another nine million Afghans risking starvation. Due to the sanctions imposed on the government in Afghanistan for not having a legitimate government, Afghans living in Afghanistan are at continued risk of acute hunger and famine.

Afghan Culture Association of South Australia is collecting donations to help those in need. Through your donations we will be able to buy them basic necessities such as rice legumes, oil, and teas. We thank you in advance for your generous donations. For further information, please contact the President of Afghan Culture Association SA on 0414535077 and




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.




April Refugee Advocacy Guide

The April Refugee Advocacy Guide has been developed in collaboration with the Synod Refugee Advocacy Group and UCA Assembly and is designed to provide justice supporters and congregations with updates on current Refugee issues including:

  1. UCAs response to the Federal Budget: What it means for Refugees and What We Can Do?
  2. UCA Federal Election Resource on Safety for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.

You can download the guide at this link: Refugee Advocacy Guide-April 2022-revised.pdf

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




Surrender Tarntanya:22 Events

Surrender invites you to a ‘Justice Afternoon Tea’ to gather with justice-oriented leaders from ministries and churches around Adelaide to hear from Nic Mackay (National Director of NAYBA) as he shares about the challenge of pursuing justice while acknowledging our own personal limits. Marion Church of Christ, Alawoona Avenue, Mitchell Park on 22nd April at 3.00 pm.

‘A Night of Community, Climate Justice and Communion also at Marion Church of Christ on 22nd April from 7.00 pm – 10.00 pm.

Register for these events at:

Yarning on Country: As well as the Surrender events at Marion (the Justice Afternoon Tea and the main gathering, Surrender in Tarntanya:22, in the evening), there is also a ‘Yarning on Country’ event being held on Saturday 23rd April. Heading out to Raukkan to have a yarn with beloved friends, Sean Weetra and Jordan Sumner. Gathering at 10.30 am at Raukkan and spend the day connecting with country, hearing more from Sean and Jordan about their work in the Raukkan community, and what creation care and stewardship look like for them. There will be a bbq (with veg/low gluten options) and other activities. Please advise attendance at this link: There is a $15 contribution to cover food and to help support the Raukkan crew in their work.




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 Update

On Tuesday, 12th April, 2022 the South Australian government announced further easing of some COVID-19 restrictions which take effect on Good Friday, 15th April, 2022. The restrictions that relate to churches are as follows:

  • Mask requirements* in all indoor public places (including churches) have been removed – but strongly recommended in crowded spaces. An individual's choice to wear a mask should be supported for those who wish to maintain this practice

  • QR codes and contract tracing records are no longer required.

*Mask wearing will still be required in high risk health settings which include hospitals, residential aged care, disability services and correctional services.

A reminder that the following restrictions were also previously eased:

  • Hospitality (no restrictions apply, good infection controls expected)
  • Density (no limitations apply)
  • Physical Distancing (no restrictions apply, strongly recommended where possible)
  • Singing, Dancing and Music (no restrictions apply).

Pending further information, the following requirements continue to apply to church activities until further notice:

  • COVID Safe Plans
  • COVID Marshal(s)
  • Hand sanitising and frequent cleaning.

The Leaders of Christian Churches SA (LoCCSA) are also working on recommendations for the following church specific activities and therefore current arrangements should remain in place until further notice:

  • Communion
  • Baptism.

All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information 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.




Renewal: An autumn Retreat with Sean Gilbert

A time for creative community, songwriters, poets, writers, visual and performing artists. Be inspired and renewed by the autumn season in the Adelaide Hills. Take time to be creative, reflect and be spiritually nurtured in this retreat. Immerse yourself in this opportunity, wander the gardens, walk the labyrinth, enjoy being part of a creative community. Sean Gilbert will lead us as we take time out and re-invest in our inner-lives and creative endeavours. 13th-14th May at Nunyara Retreat Centre. See for more information and registration.




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. Register at this link:




Synod Meeting 2022

The 2022 Synod meeting will meet online on Saturday, 18th June and in person on Friday, 24th June and Saturday, 25th June at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre at Hahndorf.

Presbyteries are gathering nominations for Synod membership, to be elected/appointed at presbytery meetings in March. For more information, please contact your presbytery.




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.




Click here for the News, Notices & Prayer points – 12th April 2022

Check out last week’s UC eNews here to keep you updated.





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