News, Notices & Prayer points - 19th March 2024

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News & Notices – 19th March 2024

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for Tuesday, 19th March 2024 edition of UC e-News

Prayer Points

We pray:

  • For peace and understanding between all peoples, may we embrace inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone, especially as we observe Harmony Week and the National Close the Gap Day this week
  • For all who work with the disadvantaged and homeless, we give thanks for their service and support
  • For all impacted by the Israel Hamas war.



2024 Lent Resource: Daily Prayer-Action Calendar to Cultivate Public Discipleship

Drawing on the UnitingWorld's 40 Days of Faithful Action For God's Creation lent event and other justice resources, this Lenten prayer and action guide is prepared to help individuals and congregations to cultivate public discipleship through taking time to pray, lament, advocate, and take concrete actions towards coming reconciliation and renewal of the whole creation. You can download the guide at this link: 2024 Lent Prayer - Action Calendar.pdf




Nunyara 75th Anniversary Celebration Service

In 2024, Nunyara Conference Centre celebrates 75 years of providing exceptional Christian hospitably and service to the South Australian community.

To mark the occasion, a Celebration Service will be conducted at Nunyara in The Chapel on Sunday 14th April 2024 commencing at 2:00pm followed by afternoon tea and a tour of the venue.

RSVPs for catering purposes including special diets should be sent to Turn on Javascript!




One Day Conference South Australian 2024 History Festival

The South Australian Church History Network is finalising the program for a one-day conference during SA’s History Festival. The theme of the day is ‘Paradise of Dissent Revisited: 1836-1900.’ 18 presenters will share a wide range of papers from almost all main line church traditions in SA. We expect that these insights will open up new areas in the religious history of nineteenth century South Australia and explore the way churches and Christians influenced social and public life.

The program will also include a book launch of One Faith, Many Voices: Essays on South Australian Church History, a collection of significant essays about SA religious history produced by David Hillard over many years.

The conference will be held on Saturday 4th May 2024, 9.00am – 5.00pm at the Church of the Trinity, 318 Goodwood Road, Clarence Park and morning/afternoon tea will be provided. Your donation of $30 on the day will support this growing partnership between churches and historians from many backgrounds.

Members of the Network are committed to increasing the awareness of SA religious history within the wider history of SA. Christian presence contributed to the civic and social life of the Province and the notion of ‘Paradise of Dissent,’ was distinctive in the Australian context.

To find out more and to register for the conference contact Rev Dr Dean Eland, SACHN Convener at Turn on Javascript!.




International Day of Disabled Persons – Video Series

The theme of the 2023 International Day of Disabled Persons was ‘United in action to rescue and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for, with and by persons with disabilities.’

The Synod Task Group (STG) into the Disability Royal Commission highlighted this day as a time where we can focus on making our congregations, services and offices more accessible, inclusive and fairer for people with disabilities.

The STG has produced a series of short videos to assist people in thinking about how they can be proactive in supporting people with disabilities. Bruce Ind, Chair of the STG, and one of its members Rev Peter McDonald have been instrumental in developing these videos. The emphasis in the videos is to ensure that the voices of people with lived experience comes through as well as the interests of carers and community organisations.

The videos are now available on the Synod website at this link: UCA SA - Synod Disability Taskforce




Grant Opportunities

Grassroots Grants Open
Green Adelaide is launch Round 5 of its Grassroots Grants Program. Funding is available for the delivery of local projects that contribute to a cooler, greener and wilder Adelaide. More information is available at this link: Grassroots Grants | Green Adelaide.

Celebrate Together Grants 2024-25
The celebrate together grants assist multicultural organisations to host festivals and events to share their cultures, customs and traditions with all South Australians. There are two categories of grants available under Celebrate Together:

  • Large Grants from $5,001 to $30,000 are available for festivals and events that can be delivered within 12 months, commencing in July 2024.
  • Small Grants (Round 1) of up to $5,000 are available for festivals and events to be held between 1st July 2024 and 31st December 2024.

The online application form and Funding Guidelines are available now on the Multicultural Affairs website. Grants close 11pm, 24th March 2024.

Environmental Grant
The City of Port Adelaide Enfield is pleased to advise that Environmental Grant applications are also currently open and will close on Friday 29th March 2024. The Environmental Grants Program encourages environmental project initiatives that will protect and enhance the sustainability and environment of the local area. More information  on how to apply and guidelines for project funding can be found here.

Mark Butler MP Grants
The office of Mark Butler MP has compiled a list of key grants that may be available to organisations in the electorate of Hindmarsh across the Western Suburbs. The MPs office has also established an online Grants Hub which will be regularly updated. You can access the Grants Hub at

2023/24 Strengthening Inclusive Pathways to Employment Grants
Currently open and closing 3.00 pm on 3rd April 2024. Applications are open to organisations with socially inclusive projects or programs focused on building practical skills for employment and volunteering.

This funding opportunity is a one-off grant of up to $50,000 for:

  • Building digital connectivity and capability for public access in communities, such as Wi-Fi connectivity in regional and remote areas, IT equipment for training, and community inclusion and participation, digital literacy for priority focus groups.
  • Providing equipment and resources to deliver or expand on-the-job training opportunities.
  • Improving Access to information and resources with the development of formats including Easy Reads, First Nations languages and video resumes.
  • Support for delivery of Learners License driving programs for learners from the priority focus groups to gain on road driving experience.
  • Providing equipment and resources to develop or expand Social Enterprises.
  • Building the inclusive practices of organisations. Examples could include Cultural Sensitivity/Cultural Competence training, Diversity training, Rainbow Tick accreditation, Autism Awareness training.
  • Access improvements including ramps, installation of handrails, automatic doors, office, and bathroom modifications.

For the Strengthening Inclusive Pathways to Employment Grants or to apply please visit:

2023/24 Social Impact Round 2 Grants
Opening 5th March 2024 and Closing 3.00 pm on 4th April 2024. Applications are open for grant funding in support of initiatives that help create strong and inclusive communities, that advance social and emotional wellbeing for people living and working in South Australia.

This funding opportunity is a one-off grant of up to $10,000 for:

  • Minor upgrades to infrastructure to encourage participation especially in regional and remote areas. Examples are disability access upgrades or inclusions, counselling rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, or community spaces.
  • Establish or expand community gardens for locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables.
  • Materials and resources for programs that enable, encourage and or increase participation in community activities.
  • Equipment purchases, to establish or improve a program or a facility to ensure it is a safe space for all participants/community members. Examples are IT equipment, digital technology, catering equipment, furniture, air conditioning.
  • Marketing and contingency costs can make up 10% of combined budget request.

Social Impact Grant Round Guidelines will be available at the following link: website.




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 Turn on Javascript! or phone (08) 8236 4217 or 0430 666 959

              Philip Gardner Turn on Javascript! or phone (08) 8236 4268 or 0409 077 076.




Synod Ecumenical Relations Committee (SERC) Update

The Synod Ecumenical Relations Committee (SERC) has extended its submission date to match in with the date of this year’s Synod meeting in October. As such SERC is now calling for submissions for the 2024 award, either in writing or electronically and these should be received by the secretary, Don Hopgood 19 Ray Ave, Morphett Vale 5162, email: Turn on Javascript! no later than August 31st.

Use word and pictures (if possible) to make clear what you have undertaken and the measure of your success. The award recipient will receive $600, or this amount may be divided between two or more entrants if appropriate. All entrants will receive a certificate acknowledging their willingness to engage in ecumenical activities and these will be presented at the Synod meeting October 2024. Further information about the award is available from either Velvy Holden (Chairperson SERC) Turn on Javascript! or Don Hopgood (Secretary SERC) Turn on Javascript!.




MediaCom Education – Clearance Sale

MediaCom Education will soon transition to a new website. This means letting go of stock that will not be re-ordered or added to the new website. This week’s clearance highlight is ‘Companions in Christ.’ Read more about the 5 volume series and The Way … series here.




Australian Red Cross Blood Drive

For the 3 months of April, May and June the Australian Red Cross are asking faith-based organisations to talk to their members about donating as through these valuable donations so many lives are saved. This year the Red Cross is hoping to reach their goal of 1,970 individual donations meaning that their United by Faith Blood drive will have helped save up to 5,900 lives.

Also, all South Australian Donor Centres will be throwing open their doors on Good Friday, having extra donations from this day will assist in ensuring that there is enough supply of blood, plasma and platelets over this period where many regular donors often take a break for a holiday.

The Red Cross has recently been working closely with The Cancer Council of South Australia as 34% of the 1.7 million donations, needed each year are used for people with cancer, and it is estimated that by 2032 their need will have doubled thus the need to do all to encourage more donors.




Meditation Classes at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church

Clayton Wesley Uniting Church is hosting an eight week meditation program starting April 4th, every Thursday from 11.00 am to 12.00 noon. No prior experience is required, come and learn mindfulness skills and techniques to de-stress. Contact: Turn on Javascript! for more information and register for the class at this link: (5) Meditation Class with Right Brain Liaisons | Facebook




Good Friday – Free Movie Event

This Easter Good for Nothing Ministries is hosting a free movie screening on Good Friday, 29th March at 3.30 pm at Piccadilly Cinema, North Adelaide. The movie ‘His Only Son’ (2023) is a deeply moving film rich in meaning about faith, grace, hope, and love. 'His Only Son' accurately recounts one of the most controversial moments in the Old Testament—when Abraham was commanded by God to sacrifice his son Isaac on the mountain of Moriah. While travelling to the place of the sacrifice, alongside Isaac and two servants, Abraham is flooded with vivid memories from the years he and Sarah spent longing for the son they were promised—the son he must now lay upon the altar. This event will conclude with a short time of Easter praise and worship. Brought to you by Good for Nothing Ministries ( - a Christian 'not for profit' ministry with a view to establishing, building or restoring your relationship with God through free faith-based events. Bookings essential at this link: FREE MOVIE -"HIS ONLY SON" Tickets, Fri, Mar 29, 2024 at 3:30 PM | Eventbrite




PIEN 2024 Speaker Tour

Mercy Aiken, co-author of Bishara Awad, a Palestinian Christian and founder of Bethlehem Bible College will speak at two events on Sunday, 14th April and Monday, 15th April, sponsored by the National Council of Churches in Australia. More information is available at this link: PIEN 2024 Speaker Tour - Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network

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