News, Notices & Prayer points - 2 June 2020

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News & Notices – 2 June 2020


Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Tuesday 2 June edition of UC e-News.



Prayer Points for the week

  • For our online worship leaders - and all who are responding to God’s call to be the Church in this challenging time. 
  • For the healing of racial tensions worldwide, including here in Australia, and an end to racial inequality and racist attitudes.
  • For everyone struggling to maintain their mental health in these times of isolation.


World Environment Day

Friday 5 June is World Environment Day. Pilgrim Uniting Church has prepared a service to acknowledge World Environment Day, which can be downloaded from Youtube for use by individuals and congregations.

The link is also accessed from the Pilgrim UC website.


Screening checks:

Do you have a question about the Working with Children Checks or any of the additional ones we are asking you to have?  The Safe Church section of the Synod website has been updated to include a list of FAQ’s.  If you still have any questions not covered by these, please email


Appointments with a Mercer Financial Adviser

Mercer Financial Adviser Jarrad Simmons has availability on 25 and 26 June to present the Market Volatility webinar and to meet with members via the phone. Register your interest as follows:

  • Market Volatility Virtual Zoom Webinar

Register for a webinar on information about the current market scenario, Government support measurers and understanding investment fundamentals.

25 June 2020 – 10:00 – 11:00 am

Register here

Note: once registered, Mercer will email you the Zoom dial in details to join closer to the date.

  • Financial Advice Phone Appointments

As Covid-19 continues to disrupt global investment markets, create uncertainty around the world and put significant pressure on the Australian economy, now is a good time to register for an appointment with a Mercer Financial Adviser to discuss your personal financial situation, super entitlements and how to approach any financial challenges.

Mercer is pleased to make available phone appointments to our Mercer Super members – it’s already included in your membership.

25 & 26 June 2020

Register here


If you have any queries please email


Momentum Webinar Series

Generate Presbytery and Propel Network are collaborating to bring you the Momentum Webinar Series.

Tune in each week as they look at the core business of evangelism, discipleship, raising leaders and church planting and renewal. Each webinar will feature local and national practitioners sharing their thinking around questions like... "what we are learning in this moment?", "how we are reshaping our understanding" and "what key lessons we will be taking into the future".

Week 1 - Evangelism (4 June)
Week 2 - Discipleship (11 June)
Week 3 - Raising Leaders (18 June)
Week 4 - Church Planting + Renewal (25 June)

Each session will go from 7:30pm-8:30pm.

Links for the webinars will be posted in the next few weeks. Zoom link:


L'Arche Adelaide Community Life Coordinator (CLC) position

L'Arche offers community care for people with and without intellectual disability. This position is an important role in the life of the L’Arche Adelaide community. The successful applicant will be responsible for preparing for the commencement of L’Arche’s first house in Adelaide next year. This is a part-time position with payment by honorarium.

For the job specification please contact Rev Dr Trevor Whitney on 0403 711 653 or Expressions of Interest close Friday 19 June.

Please pass this advertisement on to interested people in your networks.



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


Connecting Families, Nurturing Faith - resource for ministry leaders

This resource aims to encourage discipleship across households. It includes a step-by-step process, a checklist, ideas to share with families and information about four recommended resources.

This is not another discipleship resource but a tool to assist ministry leaders to choose a resource, communicate with families to nurture faith at home and to encourage families to connect with each other, particularly while we cannot meet face-to-face. It has been developed by Melissa Neumann (SA Synod Intergen Team - Mission Resourcing) and Chris Barnett (Synod of Victoria and Tasmania).

Download the resource here.


Disaster and Recovery Ministries SA – online chaplaincy training

The next training course for potential chaplains for this UCA-coordinated ministry will be conducted online on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 June (Existing chaplains needing to complete refresher training in order to maintain accreditation only need to participate on Thursday 25 June). Rev Dr Stephen Robinson (UCA Assembly National Disaster Recovery Officer) will be the chief presenter. Please register here. Contact Wendy Perkins (Coordinator) by email: or phone 8236 4284 or check out the website for further information.


A Sally Stamp update

The Sally Stamp volunteers have continued to work from home, trimming and packing stamps, and look forward to the end of the COVID-19 restrictions to resume their Monday morning meetings.

Please keep saving your stamps so they can be forwarded to the Synod Office as soon as restrictions lift. If anyone has a stamp collection which is no longer required and which you would be happy to donate, it is possible that it may be collected. Please phone Maxine on 0427 972417 or email: to arrange.

CMLA Newsletter

The Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts (CMLA) has published its May Update. Read it here.


UCA Assembly Newsletter

Read the latest news from the UCA Assembly here.


We were made for times like these

Dr Sureka Goringe, National Director of UnitingWorld, writes about what is happening in other parts of the world which have been severely affected by COVID-19 restrictions. Read more here.


NCCA Newsletter

The National Council of Churches in Australia has published its second newsletter for the Month of May 2020. Read it here.




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