News, Notices & Prayer points - 21 August 2019

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News & notices – 21 August 2019

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 21 August edition of UC e-News.



Prayer Points for the week

  • For the Spirit-led guidance of the newly-formed Generate and Transitional Presbyteries of South Australia.
  • For the Restructuring Task Groups and the Transitional Presbytery consultative sessions which are continuing into late August and September.
  • For all survivors of sex abuse and their families. We hold them deeply in our hearts and prayers.


Restructuring/Transitional Presbytery of South Australia Consultations

From 24 July until 3 September (7 locations remaining!)

There are 7 more consultative sessions occurring across South Australia to hear thoughts and ideas from UCA members regarding what future Presbyteries in South Australia might look like. Congregations in the South East, Mid-North, the Riverland, Adelaide, Yorke Peninsula and Eyre Peninsula have all been selected as venues to give wide access to the consultative sessions.

Find your venue, date and time here.

For more information or to provide attendance details, please contact the Synod Secretariat on"> or 8236 4200. Facebook events have also been created for each of the sessions through which you can make your attendance known. These will be accessible through the Uniting Church. Uniting People Facebook page.

Safe Church news

The Safe Church Unit is actively developing information and continuing in conversation with the Department of Human Resources about the new screening system and how Church Councils can assist applicants who are struggling to complete the application.

Available today is the 100 Point Identity Verification Form which Ministers, Church Council members and ministry and office staff of Uniting Churches in SA can use to verify the identity of people for whom “Verify Online Now” did not work.

Find all the information and forms on the Safe Church pages here.


Construction begins on $50m aged care development at iconic site

Work is officially underway on a new $50m aged care development in Adelaide’s west, with the turning of the first sod taking place today. Premier Steven Marshall joined UnitingSA Chair Gael Fraser and CEO Libby Craft on 16 August to break ground at UnitingSA West Lakes.

The project is a key component of the broader transformation of Football Park, being undertaken by Commercial & General.

Construction is expected to take 18 months and provide a significant economic boost for the area, with more than 400 jobs estimated during the build and 150 ongoing.

Speaking at the sod turning event, UnitingSA Chair Gael Fraser said the development would put aged care at the heart of the community.

“When planning the development, we wanted to move aged care out of the backstreets and into the vibrant hub of the community,” Ms Fraser said.

Find out more and see the photo here.


Conversations and explorations with Friends by the Sea: Worship in the 20th Century

CMLA's worship event, 'Conversations and Explorations with Friends by the Sea', October 8-11, with guests Libby Byrne, Malcolm Gordon, Mark Pierson and Charissa Suli is an exciting opportunity to think deeply and widely about worship. Don't miss the chance to save on the cost of registration, early bird registrations close August 31. Congregational packages and a special offer for rural people are available. More information can be found here.


It's no Secret event

Each year on World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September) , Scots Uniting Church, in collaboration with It’s No Secret, runs an event on the Scots forecourt. Scot’s offers fairy floss, coffee, resources on suicide and mental health support, and an invitation for those affected by these issues to talk, reflect and feel welcomed. We need help to make this event happen. Do you have a couple of hours to spare on Tuesday 10 September to make fairy floss (training provided), offer resources, and listen to the stories of those willing to share their pain? Then please come along and help out in any way from between 9am-3pm. If you have some time and skills to volunteer please contact Liam at:">


Noarlunga Uniting Church Market

The next Noarlunga Uniting Church market will occur on Saturday 7 September from 11am to 3pm. The location is 23 William Road, Christies Beach. Stalls include: Bric-a-brac, craft, garden, sausage sizzle, Devonshire tea, cakes and much more. There will also be free popcorn and fairy floss. Funds raised will go towards the food ministry program for people in the local community. Download a flyer here.


Didn’t read the last “News & notices”? The items below are ones you might want to catch up on.


Climate Strike Placards Available

UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer is encouraging all people of the Uniting Church to join the global climate strike on Friday, 20 September. There is an event planned for 12 noon on 20 September in Victoria Square, Adelaide - Global Strike 4 Climate (associated with School Strike 4 Climate). See the Facebook event here. We now have downloadable, printable placards for Churches. Visit the justice/advocacy web page here to download the files:

Adelaide Congress seeking Crosses

The Covenanting Committee met last Saturday and discussed issues around Dialysis with guest Nari Sinclair from aKction Aboriginal Reference Group.  Rhanee Lester led devotions and remembrance time with Lament based on the Beatitudes. Adelaide Congress is looking for any extra crosses that people may have received that have been painted by Uncle Greg Sinclair. The crosses are no longer being produced and Congress would like to keep a few on hand for future needs. Contact Dean Whittaker 0409 090 824 if you have more than one cross!

New APY Lands Art Gallery just open

A new APY lands Art Gallery has opened at 9 Light Square and exhibits paintings from that area. Artists are often in residence and it is open Tues-Saturdays from 10am. Find out more by visiting the website here.

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